In the beginning of the ESC era in 1956 the music style was contemporary for that time and has changed a lot over the decades. The 70’s brought the pop music into the contest, artists like The New Seekers, France Gall, Cliff Richard or Olivia Newton-John have appeared on the ESC stage. ABBA brought the real pop into the ESC. Later on the ESC music has not always matched with the music which has been played in the radio. There were years with many gimmick songs which can’t be taken seriously. The famous BBC commentator Terry Wogan was beloved for his snappy comments, but he also destroyed the reputation of this contest in the UK and the English speaking countries.
In the past years with the big number of participating countries from Eastern Europe the contest has grown and the competition as well. For countries like Armenia, Poland or Serbia the Eurovision Song Contest has become a very important platform for the music industry. Therefore the quality of music has increased massively. Look at this year’s entries, they are all contemporary, sung in English (with some exceptions) and could easily played in the radio, some of them have become hits already. This has nothing to do with old fashioned schlager music, this is pop music. A good example is Australia, they are sending the top star Dami to Eurovision - this is pop.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!