“That's Eurovision”

“That's Eurovision”

also known as:

Story of ESC / Story of Eurovision

Music & Orchestrations: Matheson Bayley
Lyric: Matheson Bayley, Edward af Sillén & Daniel Réhn
© 2016

Legend
Blue=Måns Zelmerlöw
Red=Petra Mede
Purple=both
Light Green=Fan #1
Medium Green=Fan #2
Dark Green=Both Fans

Lyric

Preamble
Eurovision…
Eurovision, is… er…
Yes, um…
How would you describe it?
Well…

Introduction
It’s…
A multinational competition
With a collaborative mission
So much like the Olympics, in a way
Sure, it’s rather less athletic
Though just as energetic
More colourful, and, what’s the word…?
– Theatrical…?

We make music, and friends, with ev’ry nation
And bankrupt the hosting TV station…

Verse 1
To help to shore up
A post-war Europe
In nineteen-fifty-six, it all began
The set, I’m rather certain
Was nothing but a curtain
There were only seven countries and one cam’raman

But then it started growing, now Australia’s ours
We’re a big black hole, sucking in all the stars
We’ll take over the world, and then conquer Mars!
That’s Eurovision!

Bridge 1
It’s an annual celebration of our culture
It’s the highlight of our year
And a vict’ry can sure catapult ya
Just look at my career!
Yes, so we see:
You get to share the stage with me!

Verse 2
We’re all excited; the fans united
From Reykjavík, Riga, and Rome
At Eurovision, there’s no derision
’Cause wherever you come from, here is home!

For loving Eurovision, I get bullied at school
But when we come together, I don’t feel a fool
’Cause for one week a year, we’re pretty cool!
That’s Eurovision!

Bridge 2
Getting votes from your neighbours is a sure way
To get your song disgraced
But when Sweden gets twelve points from Norway
It’s clearly just good taste!

Middle
That gimmicky factor; the wacky, the weird
Céline on a tractor1; Conchita’s beard2
Pirates3 and penguins4 and puppets on strings5
These are a few of my favourite things6

Verse 3
The singers come together
Like songbirds of a feather
For victory, they hope and pray and beg
We wait there in the Green Room
– An often rather mean room –
Wishing all of our competitors “break a leg”!
The impact of the show, one cannot overstate
No matter where you go, it’s a source of debate
But it’s something you either love or hate!
That’s Eurovision!

Riverdance
And the Interval Act is your one big chance
To fail to live up to Riverdance7…!

Language List
Where else can you hear Romansh and Luxembourgish sung?
We’ve had two songs with sign language8, and three in a made-up tongue9!
Antillean Creole, Norwegian, Võro, Viennese
Neapolitan, Catalan, Udmurt, Montenegrin and Maltese!

Ancient Greek, Albanian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Romani, Russian, Romanian
Crimean, Slovenian, Hebrew, Armenian, Arabic and Lithuanian!
Portuguese, Macedonian, Breton, Estonian, Pontic, Icelandic, Croatian, Bulgarian
Georgian, Italian, Bosnian, Latvian, Corsican, Serbian, German, Hungarian
Polish and English and Irish and Finnish and Swedish and Spanish and Dutch
Samogitian and Turkish and Danish and French;
Tahitian10, though not very much

And though I don’t know Czech, Swahili11, Azeri12, or Greek
Music is a language that we all know how to speak!

Finale
That’s Eurovision
It’s your decision
Though not taking part is the crime
Douze points or zero
You’ll be a hero of our time!

In the Eurovision family
We do it ‘glitz-and-glamour-ly’
’Cause rich in kitsch and hammily is best!

This is My-rovision
And His-rovision
And Her-rovision
And Your-rovision!
Bienvenue, välkomna, be our guest!
At the Eurovision Song Contest!


Notes

1 "Céline on a tractor" refers to the pre-song postcard in Céline Dion's 1988 entry for Switzerland, where the singer is seen riding through a farm on a couple of yellow agricultural vehicles (probably not tractors, but hey — poetic licence in the name of easy rhyming, 'n' all that! ;-)).

2 "Conchita's beard" refers to the Austrian bearded drag queen, Conchita Wurst, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with Rise Like a Phoenix.

3 "Pirates" refers to the Latvian entry in 2008, Pirates of the Sea.

4 "Penguins" refers to the Luxembourgish entry in 1980, Papa Pingouin.

5 "Puppets on strings" refers to Sandie Shaw's 1967 British entry, Puppet on a String.

6 "These are a few of my favourite things" is a quote from The Sound of Music.

7 "Riverdance" refers to the 1994 Eurovision Interval Act, widely acknowledged to have been the best halftime entertainment in Eurovision history.

8 The two entries that feature sign language are:
2005, Latvia: The War Is Not Over, and
2011, Lithuania: C’est Ma Vie.

9 The three entries in artifical languages are:
2003, Belgium: Sanomi,
2006, Netherlands: Amambanda,
2008, Belgium: O Julissi.

10 Part of the lyric to the 2006 Monegasque entry, La Coco-Dance, was in Tahitian.

11 Part of the lyric to 2011 Norwegian entry, Haba Haba, was in Swahili.

12 Even though Azerbaijan has always sung in English, the Azeri phrase 'Mən səni sevirəm' ('I love you') appears in the 2012 Bulgarian entry, Love Unlimited, along with 'I love you' in nine other languages.

Credits

Director

Edward af Sillén


Choreographer

Jennie Widegren


Live Broadcast Sound

Fredrik Stålne


Lighing

Emma Landare


Logistics

Emma Bergström & Marie Olofsson


Lead Vocalists

Mans Zelmerlow

Mans Zelmerlow

Petra Mede

Petra Mede


Backing Vocalists (in alphabetical order)

Andy Rose

Andy Rose

Bryony Growdon

Bryony Growdon

Christian De Gallerie

Christian De Gallerie

Daniel Chenery

Daniel Chenery

Emma Robotham-Hunt

Emma Robotham-Hunt

Gabbrielle Jones

Gabbrielle Jones

Hannah Jayne Greig

Hannah Jayne Greig

Katie Dutton

Katie Dutton

Kirsty Shaw

Kirsty Shaw

Luke Baverstock

Luke Baverstock

Luke Rhodes

Luke Rhodes

Martha Frances

Martha Frances

Michael Larcombe

Michael Larcombe

Miri Gellert

Miri Gellert

Rhys Batten

Rhys Batten

Robyn McIntyre

Robyn McIntyre

Samantha Bland

Samantha Bland

Shaun Kane

Shaun Kane

Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett


Orchestra

  • Oliver Lewis

    Oliver Lewis — Violin

  • Simon Gardner

    Simon Gardner — 1st Trumpet

  • Matheson Bayley

    ▹ Matheson Bayley —

    • Piano,
    • Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones
    • 2nd and 3rd Trumpets, Flugelhorn, Tenor Horn, Trombones
    • Tin Whistle & Celtic Fiddle
    • (all other instruments using samples programmed by Matheson)

Orchestra & backing vocals recorded at

RAK Studios, London; engineer: Rob Brinkmann


Lead vocals recorded by

Jan Lundkvist, Stockholm


Prouction, Orchestrations & Musical Direction

Matheson Bayley


Mixed by

Danny Monk, Kevin Porée, and Matheson Bayley at Baker Street Studios, London


Special thanks to

  • Rob Archibald, head of Musical Theatre at Urdang Academy of Performing Arts, for casting backing vocalists;
  • Miri Gellert, for recording demo vocals;
  • Eurovision Consultants: Victor Escudero, Justin McCarthy, Andrew Adams, Magarita Beblidakis, and Antonis Pappas;
  • Andrew, Selina, and Vera, for your much-appreciated support during the recording.

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