On May 13 Portugal’s Salvador Sobral wowed audiences by staying true to himself and delivering a message from the heart. And the same held true just moments after he won and accepted the Eurovision 2017 winner’s trophy.
“We live in a world of disposable music — fast-food music without any content,” Sobral said on stage in Kyiv’s International Exhibition Centre. “I think this could be a victory for music that actually means something. Music is not fireworks. Music is feeling.”
The speech was widely interpreted as criticism of music that’s become commonplace in the contest recently, including slickly produced songs from the Nordic countries. To many it was arrogant and misplaced.
A few days later, Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson — who placed a very respectable fifth — responded to Sobral’s comments via his personal Instagram account.
“I think your speech after winning the ESC was below the level of a true winner,” he wrote. “‘Fast food’ pop music can be the best thing in the world at the right place and time, so can a song as beautiful as yours. There is room for everyone.”
Our comments section exploded, with people rushing to defend Salvador and Robin in equal measure.
In honour of the ongoing debate, which will no doubt rage during the Eurovision 2018 selection season, we’ve dreamed up a delicious new design, available on t-shirts, vests, sweatshirts, hoodies and more, that let’s you express where you stand on the debate.
Built around a hamburger wearing headphones, this appetising statement piece either features the words “say yes to fast food music” or “say no to fast food music” and they come in a variety of colours, including red, green, pink, black, blue, yellow, orange and purple. Dripping with mayonnaise and ketchup, it’s tasty no matter what option you go for!
Fast-food music t-shirts
Among those artists who would definitely say yes to some musical fast-food are Alexander Walman, who acted as vocalist for Norway’s track “Grab The Moment”, Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace and two-time Melodifestivalen finalist Wiktoria.
All of them liked Robin’s Instagram post.
Writing on our news item about Robin’s statement, wiwireader “God-Emperor” said he loves fast-food music. But he also described Salvador’s win as “the nightmare of the Swedish establishment, who seem to love nothing more than a performance that is completely planned-through into the smallest detail and will always be the robotic same. Who seem to want to kill any spontaneous artistic expression at the root. Who seemed like they needed to teach the rest of Europe how to do Eurovision ‘properly’ (in their eyes). Who seemed to force their standards upon the whole contest. Who – deliberately or not – seem to have established colonies in Azerbaijan, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland and other countries, in a condescending attempt to take over the whole of Europe, the whole of our Eurovision. They failed. Europe has emancipated itself from the Swedish establishment.”
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