Why depend on a bunch of suited diplomats to build bridges and bring disparate nations together when Eurovision already does the job so well? And with a lot more sequins and glitter too!
By
Genevieve Dwyer

20 May 2015 - 11:24 AM  UPDATED 20 May 2015 - 11:25 AM

1. It stands for unity 

Like the United Nations, Eurovision was born out of war and created as an attempt to end division and unite diverse nations together peacefully through the European Broadcasting Union.

Formed in the 1950s as an attempt to unite the diverse cultures of Europe together after they had been scarred by World War II, the contest has continued to bring together a wildly diverse group of different cultures and nations in celebration of all things camp and glorious. This year’s 60th anniversary celebrations are a clear testament to Eurovision's success!

 

2. How about that diversity?

In a contest where bearded ladies, Russian nannas and heavy-metal monsters can take out the crown, there’s not much of a complaint to make about a lack of diversity. Eurovision encourages the wacky, the weird and the wonderful to all come out in their full glory and be celebrated! 

 

3. Peace, love and flowers

The neighbouring nations of Eurovision might often have major political trysts going on back home, but they don’t bring it to the stage. Political content is banned from the contest but that doesn’t stop disputing nations from punishing one another with points, or a lack thereof!

In 1975 Greece, withdrew its entry because of Turkey’s inclusion - still seething at the country’s invasion of Cyprus three years earlier. In retaliation Turkish television refused to broadcast Greece’s entry the following year.

Israeli group Ping Pong caused quite the stir in 2000 when they finished their rather off-key performance by unfurling Syrian flags and calling for peace, despite political statements being banned.

Jordan refused to broadcast Israel’s entry in 1978, showing pictures of flowers instead to fill the gap! Annoyingly for them though, Israel won! Jordan decided to deal with this inconvenient reality cutting the broadcast and telling everyone that Belgium, that year’s runner-up was in fact the winner.

Still, it’s a lot better than fighting it out on the battlefield - throw shade, not grenades!

 

4. A step up from your regular suit and tie

Apart from some fabulous splashes of colour from the some of the African ambassadors, the regular attire of the United Nations diplomats is dull, dull, dull! With Eurovision, each nation’s ambassadors wear latex, glitter, platform shoes, flares, hot pants and sometimes even monster masks! They really set a leading example that international politicians and diplomats everywhere should take note of!

 

5. The host (country) with the most

Each year the host nation not only foots the bill for the stage show spectacular, they usually set up a Eurovision village where fans and international visitors can gather to watch all of the entertainment on big screens. Eurovision aficionados are welcomed with open arms by the host nation!  

 

6. The whole world's watching

A key tenant of the UN is to promote sustainable development. What could be more sustainable than neon lights, feather boas and miles and miles of spandex? On second thoughts, perhaps it's best not to answer! Nevertheless, year in, year out, the stage production represents a spectacular feat of engineering. The construction building and event organisation employs an army of workers and attracts countless visitors, strengthening the tourism industry and economy of the host nation!

 

7. A boon for Moon

When even UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is turning to the fabulous Conchita Wurst for inspiration, you know you should really just make her the new chief of the Eurovision United Nations!

 

 

Semi-Final 1 Friday 22 May | Semi-Final 2 Saturday 23 May | Grand Final Sunday 24 May