To pinpoint my favourite Eurovision moments of all time is quite a challenge. There is so much to choose from in the whole spectrum of ESC performances. Ranging from phenomenal to dire entries.
We all enjoy the novelty acts of Eurovisions past, which mostly came from Eastern Europe. The enjoyment was both genuine knee-slapping pleasure and tongue-in-cheek satire, and novelty became a cannon of Eurovision lore.
But Europe has moved away from novelty and begun to enter more serious acts. It now has international pop stars with stunning visual effects. We Brits have been left in the dust with UK entries that don’t really cut the mustard anymore.
We often find that interval acts are better than the entries themselves. Sweden’s ‘Love, Love, Peace, Peace’ performance by Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede during Eurovision 2016 took a satirical look at classic Eurovision novelty and typical music formulae.
While Måns and Petra certainly made an appreciative nod at all things we love, it is still not one of my most favourite Eurovision moments of all time. In my opinion it is Madcon’s musical interlude ‘Glow’ of ESC 2010.
It was released at a time when flash mobs were all the rage and the whole of Europe participated in a visual spectacle of synchronised dance moves.
Flash Mob Envy
Cameras moved from the arena in Norway to every major city and panned across the crowds as they moved in unison to the beat. Never before had I wanted to be part of something so large-scale as when watching this amazing show.
Each city was in sync. The crowds had practiced the moves and knew exactly which gesture or shape to throw. The music was euphoric, and the sheer enormity of the extravaganza was mind-blowing.
The spectacular display had a combination of professional dancers and enthusiastic participants. I watched with growing envy that I wasn’t ‘in-the-know’. Even people filmed dancing in their living rooms were privy to the show!
Children and the elderly took part in the dance. Families, couples, and even pets were joining in. It seemed like the whole of Europe knew about the flash mob.
When the scene cut to the UK a swarm of people came running around the corner towards the camera and began cheering. Perhaps we didn’t get the dance memo. But it still looked like fun. I wished I could be a part of the crowd.
For me, this performance was the visual embodiment of European unity. Each country was the same, all participating in one dance across the entire continent. Norway’s tag Share the Moment encapsulated the whole experience.
The magnitude of the organisation is still something that impresses me today, and although I was not able to join in with the dance, I’m happy I was able to watch it as it happened. Definitely one of my most favourite Eurovision moments of all time, and also one of my most memorable.
If you didn’t see it the first time, or you simply want to re-live the magic of one of my favourite Eurovision moments of all time, here’s the spectacle in full;