Channel Four’s Gogglebox (the TV show about people watching and commenting on TV shows) had as one of this week’s featured shows ‘Eurovision’s: Greatest Hits’. Most of the participants asked to voice their opinions were very scathing of the 60th Anniversary concert but as the show progressed a lot of them were singing along to the back catalogue of Eurovision winners and reminiscing about old times while mimicking the dance moves of the performers.
This is a weird one for me. How can you possibly get behind a song when the nation it represents didn’t even pick it as their first choice. At Germany’s national selection final, they chose to pick Andreas Kummert and his song ‘Home is in My Heart’, however moments later the former Voice contestant turned down the opportunity. Instead the decision was made that Ann Sophie (the wildcard selection) would represent Germany in Vienna with ‘Black Smoke’.
This week’s Eurovision Rewind takes us back to 1979 and to the Israeli winning hit ‘Hallelujah’ by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey. The reason this song was chosen was because last week I went to see Pedro Almodóvar produced film ‘Wild Tales’. The film is a collection of dark short stories which sees writer and director Damian Szifron act out some of his everyday frustrations in society (which we can all relate to) in hilariously over the top scenarios. Perhaps the best of the vignettes occurred at a Jewish wedding where the bride discovers that her husband has been having an affair just moments before their first dance. In a scene later in the film the ‘Hallelujah’ song is played and that is why it is our Rewind this week. Enjoy!