Overthinking Eurovision 2013: What Is Eurovision?

Welcome to the beginning of a two-month series covering 39 songs competing in this year's Eurovision. First off, what the hell is Eurovision, anyway?

On December 24, most people are thinking, “Only one more day until Christmas!” I’m thinking, “Only 145 days until Eurovision!” (Full disclosure: I’m Jewish.)

For those of you who don’t know, Eurovision is a singing contest that pits the nations of Europe against each other. My feelings about it are highly earonic, a word I am trying to popularize for when you simultaneously enjoy something earnestly and ironically. The songs are infamously cheesy, but it cannot be denied that my iPhone has many of them in heavy rotation.

In 2011, the rest of the Overthinkers and I wrote mini-reviews of every song (click here to read our coverage). Last year I was too busy getting married to organize anything, but I resolved, kneedeep in napkin swatches, that 2013 was going to be different. This year, we’d cover Eurovision the way it was meant to be covered: with video. You have to see this stuff to believe it.

So welcome to the beginning of a two-month series in which we take a deep dive into the 39 songs competing this year. First off, what the hell is Eurovision, anyway?

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