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XTRA Debate: Should Eurovision be more philanthropic?

XTRA Debate: Should Eurovision be more philanthropic?

A Eurovision ‘peace’ song has become cliché. Three minutes to depict a potential utopia, where everybody is or could be happy and how everything is or should be wonderful. It has become so common it was parodied in the 2016 interval act. However, should the contest go further than mere parody or cliché, and instead aim to be more philanthropic in its presentation and purpose?Global movements like Extinction Rebellion, increased plights for socio-economic equality and human rights have entered the periphery of public consciousness. Can the contest do more? Perhaps a more realistic question… should the contest do more? The idea and/or theme of ‘philanthropy’ can be read and interpreted in different ways. Here are three differing approaches to the same proposition: Problematising the ‘apolitical’ Eurovision is about promoting peace and civility across the continent. It is a carnivalesque spectacle, designed to provide universal entertainment through the form of music and performance. Politics are supposed to be put to the wayside, just for a few hours for three nights in May. However, as the years go on the contests insistence of the apolitical has increasingly become an uncomfortable position for myself and many fans. Indeed, whitewashing major problems in the …
Saturday Summary – This weeks #Eurovision news recap

Saturday Summary – This weeks #Eurovision news recap

Another week passed and lots of stuff happened in the Eurovision world. Every Saturday we look back at the news of the past week to keep you up-to-date. On the following pages, you will get the news that happened this past seven days. News about the Greek national selection Greece might return to having back the national final to select the Greek national representative for Rotterdam in 2020. Nothing is clear yet, but HoD revealed they are thinking about doing a national final. Greece: ERT to host two-stage national selection in 2020?
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

It’s Saturday once again and it means that it’s time to once again round off the latest news from the Eurovision world. More countries confirm their participation for Eurovision 2020 Italy has confirmed that it will be attending the party in Rotterdam. Italy confirms participation for Eurovision 2020 Latvia has confirmed their participation, with Supernova as their selection method. Latvia to choose its entry on February 8 Malta will also be participating in next year’s contest, with X Factor Malta finally confirmed as their selection method. Malta confirms participation for Eurovision 2020 Poland has also confirmed their participation. The way they will select their entry will be confirmed at a later date. Poland confirms participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

It’s Saturday once again and it means that it’s time to once again round off the latest news from the Eurovision world. Hooverphonic to represent Belgium at Rotterdam Belgium has kicked off the Eurovision season, by confirming that Hooverphonic will be their representative in Rotterdam. Hooverphonic will represent Belgium in Eurovision 2020
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Another seven days have passed, and more news have been announced, why not have a read below of the latest Eurovision headlines! LRT confirm changes for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020 The Lithuanian broadcaster has confirmed the changes that will take place for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020. LRT confirm changes for Eurovizijos Atranka 2020
Meet the ESCXTRA Team! – Part 43 – Aline

Meet the ESCXTRA Team! – Part 43 – Aline

As our team continues to grow, it means there are more of us that you can get to know! Therefore, we will continue to bring back our “Meet the ESCXTRA Team” feature each time we have someone new for you to meet. What is our personal Eurovision story? Why did we want to be a part of this website? What are our favourite Eurovision songs of all-time? Also, how can you get in touch with us on social media? Read on to find out! ALINE VAN ROSSEM Good evening Europe, Australia and the rest of the world! My name is Aline Van Rossem. I am a girl born on September 5, 1998. I call myself a ‘small town girl in a big arcade’ because I am one of the smallest in the group with my 1m57. No worries, I am proud of my height because I can often be at the front of a stage during a Eurovision event! I describe myself as a passionate person who always looks positive at life, filled enthusiasm and a good dose of joy a. In addition to my great passion for the Eurovision Song Contest, I really love to dance. I have been …
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

BBC to collaborate with BMG for UK’s Eurovision 2020 participation The UK will participate in Eurovision 2020 but, more interestingly, the broadcaster also revealed more about how the UK will select its representative. BBC to collaborate with BMG for UK’s Eurovision 2020 participation …and no more BBC Eurovision: You Decide… BBC confirms internal selection for Eurovision 2020
Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

Saturday Summary – This week’s Eurovision news headlines

KAN sues Live Nation over Madonna’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest It has been revealed that KAN, the Israeli broadcaster responsible for the Eurovision Song Contest last year, has decided to take legal action. KAN sues Live Nation over Madonna’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest
Meet the ESCXTRA Team! – Part 42 – Lisa

Meet the ESCXTRA Team! – Part 42 – Lisa

As our team continues to grow, it means there are more of us that you can get to know! Therefore, we will continue to bring back our “Meet the ESCXTRA team” feature each time we have someone new for you to meet. What is our personal Eurovision story? Why did we want to be a part of this website? What are our favourite Eurovision songs of all-time? Also, how can you get in touch with us on social media? Read on to find out! LISA BIRD Hello procrastination my old friend! I’ve actually been a member of the team since February 2018. But have only decided to get around to this now. Mainly, because I’ve done so much in that time I now actually have things to talk about. Most people are probably aware of who I am, I am known for being quite, erm… ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘passionate’ with my opinions on social media, shall we say! For the uninitiated, I’m Lisa, a 31 year old (yes, that does make me one of the more ‘mature’ members of the team! However, rest assured I have always been a child at heart), from Derbyshire. Many years ago I graduated from Derby …
Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap!

Saturday Summary – This weeks news recap!

The Eurovision season has now begun, and it means that the news is appearing more frequently, why not have a look below at all of the latest new in the Eurovision universe. Hosts for Melodifestivalen 2020 Confirmed! The host cities for Melodfiestivalen have been confirmed, so its only natural that the hosts will be confirmed. David Sundin, Linnea Henriksson and Lina Hedlund will be the hosts for next year’s competition. David Sundin, Linnea Henriksson and Lina Hedlund to host Melodifestivalen 2020
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