If you only see one video from the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest, make it this hilarious parody. Co-hosts Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede sent all 63 of Eurovision’s previous winners to a scientific lab in Switzerland where their musical acts were broken down to the molecular level and analyzed to create a formula for winning songs. They came up with the following criteria:
1) Have your song begin with a majestic musical start, like a battle horn
2) Have drums, especially ones played by topless men or by an elderly grandma
3) Show your country’s traditional culture by using a folklore instrument, even if you have to make one up.
4) Incorporate a violin somehow; nothing says European like a violin
5) Avoid feeling too old-fashioned by adding a DJ; Mede says, “In real-life, of course, this is 30 years old. But in Eurovision, it will give your number a contemporary feel!”
6) Wear a memorable costume
7) Make the song about “something everyone can connect to” — love and peace are two surefire favorites!
At this point, Zelmerlöw and Mede sang a hilarious song called “Love Love Peace Peace” telling future performers how to win the contest with advice like, “break the rules of fashion”, “look into the TV camera” and have backup dancers join you just before the chorus.
Their final musical number featured old women dancing with trays of bread, a guy running in a human-sized hamster wheel, ballerinas, rock-and-roll demons and a particularly cheeky woman suggestively working a butter churn.
Seriously, watch it — you won’t be disappointed.