The Winner of Eurovision

The big winner at Eurovision, again, was the English language. Well, that and the American pop ballad (mixed with the remnants of disco that Europe appears to hold so dear). Just scanning through the preview (see the video montage below) for the performance, English had at least the simple majority (over half).

I missed a few countries that stuck to their own language (and obviously England and Ireland don’t count in any of this), but my rough list is: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Italy, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland.

Of those, France, Spain, and Italy were no surprise. Germany and Russia going English seemed interesting. Croatia and Serbia stayed native, but Slovenia went English.

Outside of language, the other curious thing was the countries that didn’t do the pop ballad: Iceland and Switzerland seemed more country, and Georgia sounded like they were from Georgia. (See what I did there?) But, to be honest, the boundary between the pop ballad and the country ballad is pretty fuzzy these days.

And for those who need a cheat sheet for Eurovision, [Buzzfeed has it all](http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/everything-americans-need-to-know-about-eurovision).

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