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Want to win Eurovision? Write a nice, slow song about love

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

You might be forgiven for thinking the Eurovision Song Contest doesn't lend itself to rigorous academic analysis. But a pair of scientists have attempted to do the impossible and assign logic to Eurovision, the glittery, camp kitsch-fest that serves a continent-wide obsession every May.

Love was the prominent theme in a massive 69% of Eurovision entries in the past decade, but it featured in an even higher proportion (83%) of top-three entries, found musicologists Joe Bennett of the Berklee College of Music in the US and Simon Troup of music publisher Digital Music Art UK.

The research was commissioned by Netflix to promote its polarizing movie "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga," which premiered on Friday.

"Eurovision song styles appear to have 'evolved', in the cultural Darwinism sense, independently from mainstream global pop music," the researchers noted, speculating that this was "due to the particular cultural and structural factors at play in the Contest, in contrast to the more unregulated market forces that decide the popularity of mainstream hits. "

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