In case you're not familiar with Eurovision, allow us to recap. Every year countries from around Europe pick a performer to represent them at the annual contest. The show is broadcast live and has an estimated audience of 180 million viewers. If you've ever wondered how ABBA found its way to fame, this is it.
In a nutshell, Eurovision brings together the diversity of countries around Europe and celebrates it with one massive show.
Conchita Wurst, the winner of 2014, proves that the Eurovision Song Contest is all about diversity.
Eurovision has celebrated diversity throughout the years. Be it these adorable Russian grannies...
These ladies might not have Beyonce's dance moves, but they surely have as much sass. The lyrics to the song included such lines as "dance, come on and dance" and "We wanna boom boom boom for everybody." The ladies came close to winning, finishing second right after Sweden.
...Irish identical twins in 2012...
The Irish duo Jedward is made up of identical twin brothers John and Edward. They didn't come anywhere close to winning, and yet their outfits knocked everyone's socks off.
... or an Israeli trans woman in 1998.
Dana International grew up in Tel Aviv. Already in her teen years, she started the transformation process. This babe won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1998 with her song "Diva," which was performed in Hebrew.
As the official Eurovision website puts it, "on the night of the victory, thousands of people celebrated on the streets, and Dana completed the cultural revolution she started with her first album; a symbol of liberalism and human rights."
Yes, Eurovision celebrates glitter...
and booty shaking...
... but most of all, it lets "you do you."
Be it quirky, unorthodox or goofy. You do you.
Now, Finland wants to remind us just that once again.
This year, Finland is sending Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, a brilliant punk band, to compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The band is comprised of four punk rockers named Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami. All over 40 and have learning disabilities.
The band found its way to fame after being featured in a documentary called "The Punk Syndrome." As the film's official website explains, "The Punk Syndrome is a film about Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band....they play their music with a lot of attitude and pride."
The song that the band will be performing at the contest might be just 90 seconds long, but it sure rocks. Big time.
Punks FTW. This is the true power of music.
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(H/T: The Guardian)