Reality TV shows involving dancing, singing, and talent competitions aren’t exactly new, but the stakes of these competitions have definitely evolved. From America’s Got Talent to So You Think You Can Dance, people compete to win the top prize at these competitions. After all, well known artists Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jordin Sparks were all signed onto record labels when they won American Idol and have since become megastars in their own right. And while Jennifer Hudson didn’t win the American Idol competition, she won a lot of fans through the show and her talent rocketed her to stardom when she played Effie White in Dreamgirls. (Interesting fact: Jennifer Hudson won an Oscar for her role in Dreamgirls just three years after appearing on American Idol.) Needless to say, winning—or just competing in—one of these talent competitions can really take you places!
Eurovision is one of the oldest singing competitions in the world and, unlike other competitions, Eurovision is continent-wide, inviting talent from all over Europe to compete. This contest began in 1956 with just seven participating countries, and this year there were thirty-nine! After three days of performances, Italy’s Måneskin won the 2021 competition with a song called Zitti e buoni, which translates to “Shut Up and Be Quiet.” It was a tight race with Italy only winning twenty-five more votes than France to clinch the title of Eurovision 2021.
Did you watch Eurovision? Who was your favorite competitor?