Eurovision: How Trinity College’s students feel about inviting other countries to participate
AFTER organisers of Eurovision invited Australia to participate in the contest for the first time, Trinity College Foundation Studies students Lysenko Daria, Xuanming Zhou, Adelheid Shao look into the rumours of China’s potential involvement in the contest some day.
Eurovision has wrapped up for the year but even after 60 years of broadcast, the annual European singing contest is still pulling off ‘first time evers’.
This year, Australia was invited to perform at the Eurovision contest for the first time. Representing the country was its first Australian Idol winner, Guy Sebastian.
Though he did not win, Sebastian sang amazingly and for his worthy efforts, he received 196 points and landed fifth place – not bad for a country participating in the contest for the first time.
Sebastian was beaten out by Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow who confessed that it was his dream to win Eurovision.
At Trinity College Foundation Studies, some students and teachers supported the Australian star. One student felt Sebastian sang a “really beautiful song” and gave a similarly beautiful performance. Similar statements were made of Zelmerlow’s performance.
Rumours are now swirling as to which country will be invited next to Eurovision. Surprisingly, many are suggesting that China may be next in line to be invited to the European song contest – with some even going so far as to say the country could become a potential host.
These rumours surprised many Chinese students at Trinity College and elicited different responses.
One student expressed shock and said that although Europe and China have little in common, she would still “like to see China at Eurovision”.
Another student was a lot more cynical saying that if the decision to include China went through then it would “not make any sense”.
“China is completely influenced by Korea! [China would not be] that popular, I am sure,” they said.
Only time will tell whether including more countries from outside of Europe will become commonplace but for now, let’s just remember Eurovision for what it is – exuberant, elaborate and excessive entertainment!
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