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Xtra’s pick of the 21st Century

Welcome back to our new daily series, as we travel back in time and one of our editors picks out a song each day from Eurovisions gone by and puts it into the spotlight. Today is Friday, which means we move to the 00s and Brent brings you his pick from the Eurovision archives.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004: Deen – In the Disco (9th place)

In 2004 a young teenage me stumbled upon the Eurovision Song Contest late one night and wasn’t quite sure what he was seeing. In the Disco is my first ever Eurovision memory so has to be my first pick in remembering the 00’s. This is song embodies everything I have come to know and love about the contest; it’s catchy, up beat and unavoidably camp. Coming up in 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina will make their return, so what better way to kick off remembering the 00’s?
When people used to ask me what was so great about Eurovision, or what the contest was like this was usually my go to song. Deen’s struggle with his weight because of too much dancing is something I’m sure we can all relate too, right? On second thought’s probably not. But that’s ok, his peroxide blonde hair, pink midriff singlet and rather out of place female dancers certainly are. Ok probably not again. One thing we can all relate to though is a catchy dance hit and this this is provided in abundance. Every ‘S’ is pronounced as a ‘Th’ and its not quite clear if it is just because of his accent, the effect is in no way lessened though. If anything it add’s that other quality I love about Eurovision to the Song and that is wonderful European accents, I used to look forward to the voting in the 00’s and the poor hosts having to struggle every time with “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.” Not in a mean way, it was all part of the charm of the contest! (Remember I’m from Australia, accents are something of a rarity down here)
With a Final position of 9th it’s pretty safe to say that music is what we want and music was what we needed. Of my first ever Eurovision experience, it was one of the two that stuck in my memory (the other being Wild Dances) it is a silly dream, but one day I hope to be in the disco and hear In The Disco. Until this time I’ll just be dancing and reminiscing in my living room – Up and down here we go!

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