If Netflix’s new comedy film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is the primary you’ve heard of the real-life Eurovision Song Contest, it’d be simple to assume the antics Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and firm stand up to have been exaggerated for comedian impact. In truth, the acts within the movie pale by comparability with the true acts from previous years of the competition. Eurovision, which has been held yearly since 1956, invitations European nations to submit musical acts to compete, and it’s referred to as one of many greatest, most lovely occasions of the 12 months.
Some of the references in Eurovision Song Contest are specific, whereas others are a bit of extra nebulous. We’ve linked the obvious examples collectively right here, for a crash course within the contest’s most colourful acts.
“Double Trouble,” Fire Saga
The track Fire Saga submits as its Eurovision act, “Double Trouble,” finally ends up that includes a large hamster wheel. It’s an outrageous prop taken instantly from a 2014 competitors efficiency by Ukrainian singer Mariya Yaremchuk. In Eurovision, the wheel act ends badly, however Yaremchuk’s efficiency didn’t contain any accidents. The hamster wheel rolling off the stage is all comedian exaggeration, although Yaremchuk does climb on prime of the wheel whereas singing.
“Running With the Wolves,” Moon Fang
One of essentially the most colourful acts Fire Saga faces in competitors is Moon Fang, a band whose members are lined in heavy prosthetics that make them seem like ghouls. Their look and their metallic sound are each taken instantly from Lordi, the Finnish heavy-metal group that gained the 2006 contest. Arguably, the one distinction between the 2 is that Moon Fang has one band member whose face isn’t totally lined.
“Lion of Love,” Alexander Lemtov
Dan Stevens performs Alexander Lemtov, a Russian singer whose trademark is his operatic singing voice. Romania’s 2013 entry, Cezar, is comparable not solely when it comes to how he sings (admittedly in the next vary than Lemtov) however in his equally dramatic chest-baring outfit and his writhing cadre of backup dancers.
“In the Mirror,” Katiana
One of the most important cameos in Eurovision is Demi Lovato as Icelandic singer Katiana. Her powerhouse efficiency within the Icelandic pre-selection for Eurovision could possibly be in comparison with any variety of divas who’ve competed within the real-life competitors in years previous, but it surely’s most harking back to Loreen’s efficiency of “Euphoria” as Sweden’s 2012 entry. Though Katiana’s track is a bit more pop than Loreen’s, the reliance on dramatic sleeves and a wind machine to up the oomph issue of a single performer are clear parallels.
“The Singing Viking,” 21st Century Viking
Though 21st Century Viking doesn’t make all of it the way in which to Eurovision, his act within the Icelandic competitors is a transparent reference to Denmark’s 2018 entry, Rasmussen. Rasmussen has 5 members, quite than a lone singer, however the group’s vibe — lengthy hair, massive beards, a lot chiller music than you’d anticipate — is identical, particularly because the wind machines ramp up and hair begins flying in earnest.
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