Of all the cultural differences, the is the hugest mental shock of my move from the US. No one in the EU++ makes much transcontinental noise about this dirty little cultural secret.
For real, this is a European wide song contest. Schmaltzy ballads, boy band fluff, eastern european porn star pop, operatic love duets, and of course Turkish ska … sung in mixture of national languages and charming broken english, all battling it out in a 36 nation sms vote.
Eurovision was founded before the European Union. In a peaceful, federated EU++, diplomatic negotiations and warfare are spread over an endless vote tallying where each nation reads out its top ten songs, simul-translated into english/french. I can’t wait for this surreal event to repeat next year in Kiev.