Eurovision 2019

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Eurovision was a bit of a letdown this year. Even for a show that many people watch because of, not despite, the questionable quality of some of the entries, the average quality of the songs was very… average.

I’m happy that the Dutchies won but their song, performed by bisexual singer Duncan Laurence, was not exactly a super hit. Italy and Sweden were solid. Cyprus was actually pretty good. But the only performance that really managed to stand out was Iceland.

The queer, anti-capitalist punk/metal/industrial band Hatari delivered the only memorable moment of the show–as well as a mini scandal that made the organisers visibly nervous.

Sending this kind of song to Eurovision and not shying away from using the massive publicity the contest attracts with its 200 million viewers to make a statement was a bold choice.

See you next year in the Netherlands then! In the meantime an American version of Eurovision seems to be in the works. Of course by a bunch of Swedes, makes sense ;) (If you’re not a regular ESC watcher: Swedish song writers usually pen half of the songs performed at the contest).

 

Nar_C by Holland

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K-pop singer Holland released a new song, with a heartbreaking music video. The 22-year-old from Seoul is making waves as one of the first people to come out as gay within the Korean pop music industry and debuting last year.

Holland released Nar_C as his first single of 2019 last week, featuring a tumultuous same-sex romance. Before the single release, he shared a teaser image that explained the story of the video: A gay couple are together for two years and living together for one, until it all crumbles.

‘Sensitive and delicate Holland,’ he stated. ‘Spontaneous and impulsive Jaeseok.’ He then added: ‘As time went by, they got used to each other, would get into fights over things. After fighting, Jaeseok would always bring a yellow daffodil as an apology. One day, they had a big argument over a small issue. They could not contain their emotions. Jaeseok left. Holland was left at home by himself. Sometimes he opens the door but Jaeseok never comes back. Holland goes outside holding a yellow daffodil’