Eurovision Drinking Game 2014

| May 9, 2014
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Image: eurovision.tv

Words by John Warwick

EVERYONE’S favourite singing contest is finally here! Yes, Eurovision has once again united Europe (well, some of it) for their annual extravagant (and economically attenuating) singing competition.

If you’ve managed to make it through life without knowing or understanding Eurovision, here is a quick summary (and a slap in the face for being culturally deprived). Eurovision is an annual singing contest held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each country entered submits one song to be performed on live television. The performance with the most votes from all the countries entered, wins. Simple.

This year, the song contest will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, only a drive away (literally) from last year’s host city, Malmö, Sweden. Denmark became the host country of the 59th song contest due to their entrant, Emmelie de Forest, winning the 2013 contest with the song “Only Teardrops.” There will be 37 entrants this year, with 16 countries making it to the Grand Final.

This year also marks the first time Australia will perform at Eurovision. Unfortunately (or fortunately), Australia is not a competitor, but will be represented by Jessica Mauboy as a special guest performance during the semi-finals. Don’t hate, just enjoy.

Most households around Australia will be celebrating the Eurovision weekend (I swear Australians get more into it than Europeans), so why not add more fun by implementing a drinking game. Eurovision has this somewhat predictable framework that can incorporate drinking rules. If you’ve watched it before, you’ll understand. Just start drinking okay.

These rules apply to all semi-final and final performances

Have a decent sip for:

– The wind machine going into overdrive

– Any sort of pyrotechnics during the performance

– Every time you hear a snippet of “Only Teardrops”

– Oversized props (two sips if it’s phallic looking)

Have half your drink for:

– When a country gives its neighbouring country 12 points

– Every time the hosts change their outfit

– When someone sings off key

– When someone winks at the camera

Finish your drink for:

– Anyone wearing complete white

– A country you can’t locate on a map (like San Marino)

– Russian giving Ukraine any points

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Austrian entrant – Conchita Wurst || Image: eurovision.tv

Take a shot for:

– Every time you see Prince Frederik and Princess Mary

– Each performer on stage that has no purpose towards the performance

– When someone makes a joke about a country’s crippling economy (it’s more likely your companions will make this joke, not Eurovision)

Take two shots for:

– Wardrobe malfunctions

– The French saying anything in English

– Men in female attire (dresses, skirts, etc)

Finish a bottle of Akvavit (Danish spirit) for:

– Your tweet making it on television under the #SBSEurovision hashtag

– Any of the Top five (UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany) winning the competition

– Your favourite country (mine is Azerbaijan) winning the competition (two bottles if you’ve selected a Top 5)

– Europe looking like a united continent (lulz)

The Eurovision semi-finals will be aired on SBS, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May at 8:30pm. The grand final will be aired Sunday 11th May at 7:30m. Will you be crowned Eurovision champion?

To get you excited for the upcoming extravaganza that is Eurovision, here are some highlights from previous years.

Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine) 2007

Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland) 2006

Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden) 2012

Alexander Rybak – Fairytale (Norway) 2009

Cezar – It’s My Life (Romania) 2013

P.S. Cezar was so robbed; so was Azerbaijan in 2013. Rude.

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