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Eurovision and Language

The first semi-final for Eurovision is tomorrow, and I am incredibly excited. One of the things I like about Eurovision is I get to hear different languages, but that is not as true anymore. I think that this year has some of the least amount of songs sung in a country's own language (off the top of my head, I can only think of Romania's, France's, and Spain's if we exclude the UK and Ireland). All the rest are in English. For those of you that follow Eurovision, how does this English language take-over make you feel? What do you think of it?

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https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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I linked the natives here (excluding UK, Ireland and Australia).

I might be old-fashioned but the more the song reflects the country (without necessarily being a folk song) the better. So, while I'm not exactly against buying English songs from Swedish songwriters, even a bad song ranks higher on my list if it uses the native language of the country. Of course, here every song is subtitled so I understand even the songs that are in languages I don't speak, but it's not like the songs sound any worse if sung in a language other than English, it just makes them stand out more.

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As you mention, the songs are subtitled in Finland. I have been wondering for some time now, whether they do that anywhere else, since lyrics often influence the way I vote. I, too, miss performances in different languages. I am a big fan of Balkan ballads, in particular.

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I stopped looking when they took away the regulation concerning performing in native languages, it's just quit boring when all are in english (the music is often not very good anyway). Nowdays there is also an alternative Eurovision which has the songs in minority languages, way more interesting.

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https://www.duolingo.com/pabos95
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Italy's song is in italian, "Grande Amore" and they will win for sure.

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I don't like Eurovision, but I can't understand how can you represent a country without using its language in the song. It doesn't make sense to me.

I like metal and folk for example and I find it very funny when "viking" bands sing in the language of the country they used to pillage xD

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It feels more authentic having them perform in their native language though I suppose many of them come up performing in English too as often that's what's required to make it in global mainstream pop. It makes me wonder if certain languages are more suited to music?

What I don't understand is why was Australia included in Eurovision? Why don't we include the US next time!? :P

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https://www.duolingo.com/bigbass7

good for you

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https://www.duolingo.com/bigbass7

I just started doing this Italian

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Unfortunately, I think English songs tend to do better in the competition. I agree, it's a shame, it's so much more interesting when the songs are in the native languages of the country instead of it just being a parade of songs in English :(

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