Europe's musical and sparkly answer to the Superbowl (albeit much, much gayer) aired this past weekend, and we naturally watched all three-and-a-half hours of this pop music spectacle in which pop stars from each European country battle to win the top prize for their original song. Eurovision might not be known for being "high art" in terms of musicality, but several tracks from this year are worth adding to your Summer playlist.
1. Dihaj, "Skeletons" (Azerbaijan)
This was one of the darker pop acts of the competition -- think Kate Boy or Tove Lo meets Allie X. The performance is worth watching, too; almost Sia-esque staging where the lead singer Diana Hajiyeva writhed about on the stage while scrawling on a chalkboard behind her (because ~art).
2. IMRI, "I Feel Alive" (Israel)
A Summer bop! If you had told us this was a new song from The Wanted we'd almost believe you... if it wasn't for the fun, zany, Middle Eastern instrument (WHAT IS IT THO) that serves as a disco addition to the song's outro.
3. Alma, "Requiem" (France)
This was one of the few submissions that wasn't sung entirely in English -- and, um, we're not mad about it. Maybe it's from listening to too much Yelle, but hearing French over a pop beat just... works?
4. O'G3NE, "Lights and Shadows" (The Netherlands)
Nope, this isn't Little Mix. But it sounds like them. So, like, we were clearly down with this.
6. Robin Bengtsson, "I Can't Go On" (SWEDEN)
Where would Eurovision, and pop music in general, be without Sweden?! Sweden's entry into Eurovision this year is a bit like Justin Timberlake channeling One Direction or Enrique Iglesias' saccharine pandering to female fans while doing OkGo treadmill choreography with a bevy of suited babes aka INCREDIBLE.