I have been a follower of Eurovision since 2008. In that year the people of Europe chose Russia, who at the time was enjoying an above average amount of influence because of the rising cost of oil and gas, as the victor. This victory directly precipitated Russia’s invasion of Georgia and the war that ensued, which cost several hundred lives.
This year the running favorites are France and the UK. Thus, it is expected to be a referendum on those countries roles in the situation in North Africa.
With all this geopolitical influence at stake, one could easily forget that Eurovision is a song contest. And yet it is more then that. It is the most far reaching democratic system ever devised, in which the citizens of more then forty countries have a direct say in the results.
In summary, Eurovision is awesome. You should check it out:
The 2nd semi-final is Thursday May 13th at 8 GMT and the Final is Saturday.