Saturday, July 5, 2008

International dispute resolution and bake-off

Billlee in the comments suggested that international disputes should be settled by interpretive dance. I think that there's an existing program that would work even better. A sing-off! All we have to do is expand the Eurovision song contest to include a few more states and raise the stakes just a tiny bit.

The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la Chanson)[1] is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)....The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world.

So, for example, with the oil laws now being negotiated in Iraq between the Gov't and, uh, us (read various oil companies) we just have the main parties (Iraq and the oil companies) have a sing-off! Spangly costumes and back-up dancers required.

The pic's of Lordi, last year's winner. From Finland.

Here's the French entry from last year, just to get us all in the appropriate mood. As a bonus question (prize to be determined later) what animal does the bald lead singer have sewn onto his shoulder? A weasel, perhaps?


tamar said...

I suspect that you are covertly encouraging a sense of nationalism on your blog in spite of your vaunted disdain for mere regional loyalties. At the risk of seeming provincial, I confess the eurovision music videos make me proud to be (and you have to pronounce this with the second syllable rhyming with "her") an American.

djinn said...

David Archuleta singing "Imagine" on the American Idol finals.

Who would you rather have represent you?

tamar said...

I suppose you are right that American Idol displays a lot of really lame music, but on the other hand it seems like the typical rock band in just about any bar in the US is better than that French band, weasel notwithstanding.

djinn said...

But the weasel counts to *bleep!* which should surely get some points.

True that the music is better in any given lame-o band in the US, but the costumes are so much sparklier over there (waves hand in a generally eastward direction.)

tamar said...

I think the weasel is supposed to be a house-cat. They have sewn bright pink fabric -to match the other costumes- on the inside of his ears! They certainly do take the whole costume thing seriously. I think they even used some real feathers on those wings.

On another note, we will soon have no need for the bake-off, or interpretive dance competition, or even a sing-off. The Olympics are almost upon us, and everyone knows that the best country is determined by the nation of origin of the athlete who can jump the highest.

djinn said...

And Tamar wins the thread.