‘Brendan Galileo For Europe’ is an award-winning, one man show, written and performed by Fionn Foley. Set against the backdrop of the Eurovision Song Contest, it is a timely look at European politics. The show debuted at the Dublin Fringe Festival and following its success there, embarks on a UK and Ireland tour in June through to August. It will play for one night in Belfast’s Lyric Theatre on 15th June.
It’s that time of year again, where the Eurovision rumour mill goes into overdrive. One such rumour doing the rounds this week is that Eurovision 2019 could see a record breaking 44 countries participate.
For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:
‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’
However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest.
Polina Gagarina will be the Eurovision contestant representing Russia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The 27 year old Moscow native will sing a rock ballad called ‘A Million Voices’ in the first semi final in Vienna on 19th May.
Is Russia on to a winner with this selection? Will Russia’s politics hamper any chance of a doing well? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
Twins have had a decent run in the past few years at Eurovision. Most notably there was two successful appearances for Ireland with Jedward in 2011 and 2012. On the other side of the coin Slovakia’s TWiiNS in