I'm not really sure this officially constitutes a Dedicated Traveler post - however, I was able to visit 26 countries this morning whilst drinking Mimosa's and never leaving my couch. So that's "traveling" right? Or maybe we just file this under "Help, Kelsi's being "European" again". As my friend pointed out on Twitter, "you can take the girl out of England..."
Today saw the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, 2012 hosted by Azerbaijan (last years winners). For those that don't know, over forty-two countries compete to participate in the televised finale of the Eurovision Song Contest, with a song often voted on by their home countries. Twenty-Six countries compete in the finale and Europe calls in to vote for their favourite (you cannot vote for your own country)
The contest has been running every year since 1956. Past winners have included Celine Dion (Switzerland, 1988) and ABBA (Sweden, 1974).
This year was the first year since living in the US that I was alerted to it being on in time to find a live stream and watch it in it's entirety. You don't watch the Eurovision song contest to be blown away by talent. You watch it for the kitsch factor, the terrible costumes, Eurotrash beats, badly translated lyrics and amusing and predictable geographical/political voting (many countries vote for their neighbour/ally)
If you don't believe the magic that can be found in the Eurovision song contest - I took a few screen shots. I think next year we do a Twitter party and do it properly, non?
And the "Eurotrash" fashion didn't stop with the stage. When it was time to collect the votes we visit each of the 42 voting countries. This boy from Belarus was celebrating his man-cleavage (or lack thereof) in a BIG way, whilst this dapper gent from Bosnia and Herzegovina maybe took "metro-sexuality" a little too far? And, umm Finland. I don't think I ever want to see that again, thanks.
So that's the Eurovision Song Contest in screenshots. And now I'll leave you with our favourite Russian Grannies (who came second!). I dare you not to dance.