The Fine Brothers are famed for their “react” video series on YouTube. Over the years they’ve had kids, teens, elders and YouTubers react to a whole range of topics from Donald Trump to Furby. And today it was the turn of Eurovision, with some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars dishing out their opinions on our beloved contest. What did they think?
YouTubers react to Eurovision
The group of mostly American content creators were first introduced to the contest via a recap of the second semi-final from 2016. Several were already familiar with the competition, but not Tyler Oakley — “I’ve never experienced this in my life. All I know is it’s very gay”. Another asks if it’s “country idol” while someone else compares it to the Olympics except for singing.
Of course, they also shared their thoughts on the singers. Michal Szpak is “like Prince, but the Thor version”, Kaliopi is “very passionate”, Poli Genova’s “got moves” and Laura Tesoro receives a “yaas, qween” from Tyler.
Next they were shown a clip of Jamala’s “1944”, this year’s winner. As with Eurovision fans she received a mixed response. Philip DeFranco asks “is this supposed to be good?”, but Lana “get’s why she won”. They all agree that Jamala can sing. We can’t help but think that the reception might have been even warmer if the Fine Brothers had shown Jamala’s grand final performance rather than the version from the Ukrainian national final.
The YouTubers were also treated to a montage of some of Eurovision’s best known winners. Lys Assia is branded “sweet” — possibly for the first time in years — while ABBA draw gasps of pleasant surprise. Jon Cozart unwittingly labels Celine Dion the “Celine Dion” of her day.
After all the clips, the YouTubers are asked a series of questions dealing with everything from politics to Eurovision haters. Their most interesting responses are to the question on whether the United States should join. Veronica & Vanessa Merrell feel left out, whereas MatPat worries that allowing the whole world to enter would “water down” the concept. Meanwhile, Tyler unabashedly declares that the Americans “would probably run it”, but “to deny us the opportunity to ruin it is rude”.
This is just the latest instance of Eurovision popping up in American popular culture. Last summer another famous YouTube channel WatchMojo featured the top ten Eurovision songs of all time. And earlier this month, the contest was broadcast live in America for the first time ever .
What do you think of the YouTubers’ reactions? And what are your thoughts on Eurovision’s growing popularity in the United States? Let us know in the comments below.