Plenty of us are excited about it, many others say they dread it, but one thing is certain — curiosity is high for the Netflix movie, EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga. And now we have a trailer ahead of the movie’s June 26th streaming releasee. It looks fabulous!

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: The Story of Fire Saga

For months producers have teased us with this deliberately generic synopsis, which suggests a story about chasing one’s dream and overcoming obstacles.

“When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.”

While the description of the movie sounds rather straightforward, the trailer absolutely isn’t. From onstage malfunctions to father-son drama to backstage catfights, the movie feels like a goofy roller coaster packed with thrills, spills and a whole lot of crazy. The trailer even briefly features the flag of the defunct South American nation of Netherlands Antilles, which we saw in a different setting two weeks ago. Is this a hidden joke or a mere screw-up?

A promo picture for the film is also circulating online, with the caption “nobody wins solo”. That’s an interesting choice considering that every winner from Eurovision 2012 onwards has done exactly that.

And speaking of doing it solo: many fans have noted that Demi Lovato does not appear in the trailer. This could imply that she has a brief cameo in the film. Or perhaps producers are saving their best material — and performances — for later!

Watching the trailer, it’s clear that this is an underdog story. The Fire Saga duo don’t have much support at home — “all of Iceland thinks we’re a joke,” Lars says. When a group of what appears to be producers and officials at the Icelandic broadcaster learn that Fire Saga will go to Eurovision, they do not look enthused.

This distaste for the duo extends to Lars’ own family. It’s clear that his journey to Eurovision is a chance for him to prove to his father that he isn’t a failure. He also wants to impress the masses with his, um, mass. At one point we see him stuffing his trousers backstage. “I just want my ding dong to look bigger than what is really there,” he tells his singing partner.

Graham Norton makes an extended appearance, delivering lines from a surprisingly large booth (curiously, he’s wearing both a headset and speaking into a microphone at the same time). There’s also a lot of Dan Stevens — who portrays a Russian singer called Alexander Lemtov. He repeatedly mocks Iceland’s efforts and gives off an air of extreme arrogance.

As teased on the Graham Norton Show last month, Lars is lowered from the ceiling in a Maria Yaremchuk-inspired hamster wheel. The stage pictured at the top of this post strongly resembles the Dare To Dream stage from Tel Aviv.

Reaction to the Netflix Eurovision trailer

In recent months, fans have been very vocal about their worries the film will mock Eurovision and present it in a negative light. Now that Netflix has released the trailer, it does seem to have elements of a parody — albeit one with a kind heart.

The response from Eurofans still seems lukewarm. Twitter user @escluuk called it “the biggest amount of clownery put into three minutes”, which is significant considering we’ve all seen Georgia’s ESC 2012 entry. But plenty of others have said the film is starting to grow on them.

What do you think of the trailer? Will you be streaming it as soon ass you can on June 26? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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My Tears Are Getting Sober
My Tears Are Getting Sober
4 months ago

I’ll watch it but I am prepared to be disappointed

srulik
srulik
4 months ago

At first glance this seems to be a funny parody through american eyes. They fail to understand how the fans and general viewers feel for the show and maybe we would all be surprised

Pontus
Pontus
4 months ago

When terry wogan was mocking the show every year. this movie feels like those bad times

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Better than expected but i feel that they didn’t capture the spirit of ESC and they would show it as another Ámerican idol casting show. Question: they showed Edinburgh, SSE Hydro arena (Glasgow) and the Tel Aviv staging. I am confused, where does the Eurovision in the movie take place?   In general, the movie looks like an underdog story of a villager from Iceland who is grown up but has the brain of a 5 year old (typical Will Farrel movie). The contest does not look to be the focus or maybe it’s just the trailer.   I hope… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

Are there any other movies where the contest features?
 
The only one I can think of is a French one from a few years ago. Isabelle Huppert plays a character who represented France in 1974, finishing second behind Abba. She’s now fallen on hard times and works in a paté factory. One of her young colleagues recognizes her and convinces her to aim for the French national song contest once again, with him as her manager. Souvenir, it was called – I enjoyed it, but it didn’t get great reviews.

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I saw Verka in “Spy”, not sure if that counts 😀 😀 😀

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

The great irony is that 1974 was one of the only contests where France DIDN’T compete. They had a song that was in contention to win (because it was 1974, and French ballads had won the last three years and would get another three wins down the line), but then the president of France died and they had to withdraw right before the contest. The singer still attended as a special guest, but Anne-Marie David didn’t appear to pass the trophy to ABBA because she went to the funeral.   I can’t think of a ton of movies with Eurovision… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I need to actually watch that Father Ted – I do know that the director of that episode was also the director of the actual 1988 Eurovision.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

No coincidence that it was the best-shot Eurovision Ireland ever did (versus 1993, which still kinda shocks me with how badly it was shot. I won’t hear any complainants about 2019 because the cinematography was goddamn immaculate compared to, say, cutting to the audience right at the moment Norway started its first chorus)

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah, 1993 was kinda bad – so static in many places. Still, the one thing I will say in its favour – at least they gave the director job to a woman that year. How many times has that happened?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

There are just a bunch of songs where they cut away from the artists at the weirdest times (Austria and Norway in particular suffer from some really shoddy camerawork, which makes it stink even more that those were two of the best songs. At least the former showed a little love to composer and maestro Christian Kolonovits. Heck, the one thing I liked was how many shots there were of the orchestra when the next few editions RTE hosted seemed to do everything in their power to hide them away). And you’re right, and it sucks.

Kirby
Kirby
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

1997 movie “Up On The Roof” features the stories of 5 friends. Spoiler next:

* One of them ends up representing the UK in the movie epilogue.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Didn’t Israel do a movie about a gay French ISIS member who decided to represent France in Tel Aviv with plans to bomb the stadium or something? I remember reading about that. Surprisingly that idea somehow got less criticism than this film is getting. Especially since Bilal represented France that year.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

It came out without much fanfare. If you don’t mind some characteristically dark Israeli comedy, it seems alright.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 months ago

Was looking forward to seeing Demi Lovato in the trailer. They should’ve shown her. It looks like this movie will draw parallels to The Blades of Glory.

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago

Isn’t that her voice in the ending song? I guess she wins the “contest” with that song…

Tom
Tom
4 months ago

Sorry its bad….no thanks

Una
Una
4 months ago

IDK. My excitement is dropping drip-drop. At first when I heard about the movie I was ueber excited. Then I didn’t really like the song or the interpretation. Now that I saw the trailer I am not excited at all. Knowing about Iceland and their Eurovision selection … The trailer is way too much tongue in cheek. The characters seemed deluded and misunderstood by everyone. I miss the comedic value. It just seems mockery. Parody. Noone in Europe would ever do something like this in Eurovision. Now we have ‘merica mocking our decades-long Eurovision. I am not sure I will… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago

Oh man, I CAN’T WAIT to finally see this.   And I’ll be honest, seeing people take this too seriously and getting all fussy and upset over this is half the reason I’m enjoying this. Seeing people get so angry is just so funny to me.   Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble but, absolutely nothing is immune to being parodied. Not even “Europe’s favorite TV show”. I’m a fan too but honestly I can’t wait to see this. Honestly I don’t see this as all that different than the parody/crack ESC fan videos people make on youtube.   The downfall… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago

Also as a side note, that “they’re old, disgusting people” line is pretty on the nose if we’re talking about how a lot of fans react to contestants that look even a day over 30. They did their research whether you like it or not.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

This is true. Except for Serhat, of course.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Serhat is our uncle. An outlier who should not be counted.

Candy
Candy
4 months ago

Yeah, sure, no one was thirsting over Sergey, Tom Hugo or Fabrizio Moro. Eurofans don’t really care about age as long as the contestant is conventionally attractive. The more muscles, the better 😛

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Candy

I don’t know what it says about me that the cutest guys for me last year were the more lanky nebbish-y types (Duncan, Albert, Kobi, Fred from Keiino) and beefcakes like Chingiz didn’t do anything for me.

Emkay
Emkay
4 months ago

This looks like it treats the contest with at least some level of respect, and isn’t just going to be a blatant mockery. However this looks terribly unfunny and not like something that I would want to watch.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
4 months ago

I will watch the crap outta that, for sure.

Arrivederci
Arrivederci
4 months ago

just don’t look at the youtube comments, they’re so damn toxic.
 

Last edited 4 months ago by Arrivederci
Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Arrivederci

Just good advice in general, not just for this video.
(ESPECIALLY Eurovision videos, I should say.)

Last edited 4 months ago by Joe
Alex
Alex
4 months ago
Reply to  Arrivederci

Actually they are not as toxic as i expected (see the comments on facebook posts where articles were posted about the cancellation of the show).
 
Many people have expressed their love for ESC under the official netflix trailer video.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Alright that’s not so bad.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

This is exactly as expected by the look of it. It seems to be a Will Ferrell film with a bit of Eurovision attached. If you enjoy him, you will probably find something to like about this.

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
4 months ago

Will Ferrell movies are as tiring as Hollywood movies of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson who are constantly typecasted to do action roles. Or even Adam Sandler doing the same unfunny comedy roles.

bastian
bastian
4 months ago

disgusting

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
4 months ago

Well, it looks like a Will Ferrell flick – a film you watch, find mildly amusing and then forget about it in a week. Whether it’s good or bad news depends on how you feel about Will Ferrell’s humour. For me, most of the jokes in the trailer fell flat, but there were a few moments that caught me off guard in a positive way, so maybe I’ll check it out once it’s out (it’s not like there’s a lot to choose from these days).

Mitch
Mitch
4 months ago

Considering that Will Farrel is in it, this is definitely be a mockery.

first row at ESC and JESC
first row at ESC and JESC
4 months ago

OFFTOPIC: Wiwibloggs could you react to the fact that Daneliya Tuleshova, she represented Kazakhstan in JESC 2018 for the first time is now on America’s Got Talent and got so much attention and support by the Americans. She got 4x YES and is now in the next round. That video is trending in the USA.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago

Yeah she was amazing, love her!

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
4 months ago

Didn’t she already compete on The World’s Best? Wow she’s still a fighter

first row at ESC and JESC
first row at ESC and JESC
4 months ago

I will watch it but the version in German is not really good so I will turn on the original english version.

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago

Do we think this movie will impact Iceland’s chances next year, positively or negatively?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t recall if the news about Will Ferrell doing a Eurovision movie was a big deal before “Hatrid mun sigra,” but the combination of that, this, and “Think About Things” going viral would indicate that Iceland’s definitely going to at least be on more people’s radars next year, regardless of what they send. Considering how dire things were for them Eurovision-wise before last year, this is the biggest freebie any country’s gotten in the midst of a dark age. If only I could turn my San Marino play into a movie. Then maybe they’d have the same kind of… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

It would be a shame if Iceland win next year and people start saying “oh, it’s only because of that Netflix movie” or something like that – non-obsessive casual viewers, I mean…

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

People will always invalidate a win by saying it’s circumstantial. People saying “[Country] only won because [politics/activism/diversity/Netflix]” is nothing new.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Wait, you really wrote a play on San Marino’s Eurovision vicissitudes? I need to see the screenplay.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Well…kinda, sorta. San Marino is basically the Holy Grail in it. And it does end with a sing-along of a certain entry that finished 19th…

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

OMG. Crowd-funding comes to mind. I would watch that. Starring Valentina, of course!

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I say it won’t have a negative impact.

Natalie
Natalie
4 months ago

Looks like it’s gonna be a cheesy film, that could actually be a lot of fun. My big problem is that it looks like Volcano Man is actually going to be their song for the contest and that is just a big oof. However, as an American I’m used to humor like this. This looks like every other comedy movie that’s been released in the past 5 years, so it’s not that big of a shock.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

Appalling Icelandic accent! Making fun of Eurovision is one thing, but this accent thing comes as mocking an entire nation – that one that LOVES Eurovision. I am not enjoying any of this. So far so disappointing #.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

They shot it in Iceland and used a lot of Icelandic actors. I think you might be taking it a tad too seriously.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I take it very seriously!

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Are they calling all Icelandic people vapid morons? No. Are they making Iceland look like a dump? No. Are the accents bad? Definitely, but that’s not really important. The joke is about these two, specifically. The humor (and this connects to all the stuff I was talking about before) comes from them as characters, not from generalizations about Iceland as a whole. And if Icelanders have minded the free publicity Will Ferrell’s been drumming up the last few months, they haven’t shown it.   And maybe this is massively hypocritical of me to say given how much research I’ve done… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I am in charge with my feelings, thank you. I believe the accent is appalling and that is that.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Fair enough. You’re entitled to your opinion. Can’t argue that the accent’s bad, at least.
 

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Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago

Well I’ll watch, BUT I just know it’s going to be very unrealistic and a total making fun of ESC, but whatever.

SchwarzchildRadius
SchwarzchildRadius
4 months ago

So cool to see my city Edinburgh in the trailer looking so pretty, considering Edinburgh hasn’t hosted the contest since 1972 and Scotland has had no real cultural presence in the contest since. Looking forward to the concept.

lazerboy
lazerboy
4 months ago

Awful as expected…Brosnan is Islandic yeah yeah lol not

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago

My initial reaction is that this looks funny. But given what is happening here in the UK at the moment with so many comedies being pulled, I’m just not sure how comfortable I should be with all the false accents and stereotyped nationalities.

I’m getting old, so please help me by explaining whether I should like this or not. I really don’t want to get it wrong.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Let’s be clear here: call it a double standard if you like, but Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams playing Icelandic singers with goofy accents isn’t as offensive as David Walliams wearing blackface on Little Britain. In general, stereotyping white people of various nationalities isn’t as offensive as stereotyping people of color. A guy imitating a Russian by wearing a furry hat and talking about vodka or a someone imitating a Brit by wearing a monocle and sipping tea is never as offensive as blackface, yellowface, or brownface. It’s annoying and inaccurate, sure, and probably very tiresome and overdone, but it’s… Read more »

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

we’re back to this issue. My opinion is that nothing should be offensive – if it isn’t meant to be offensive. That’s kind of my rule. Nobody but literally nobody found Little Britain problematic back than, but now everybody do – and that’s a problem – instead of not focusing on colour and making exceptions – we are making them and that imo is causing way more racism than putting a blackface for comedy purposes – Little Britain was an amazing comedy, they don’t make these anymore, because even comedies have to be politically correct… What a world we live… Read more »

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I could name you twenty or more great comic TV shows, movies, stand-up specials etc that can be funny without using insulting stereotypes.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Well I find stereotypes funny and so do many people, I find even stereotypes about people like me funny… Everyone can find something offensive – that shouldn’t limit things like comedy. 🙂

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Heck, I can name plenty of shows and films making fun of making fun of people based on race (Father Ted, Blazing Saddles, The Simpsons). I think it comes down to being clever more than anything. Most blackface gags aren’t funny because beyond being offensive, there’s no truth or accuracy to them. Comedy without any truth to it in some way, shape, or form isn’t funny, and just having the stereotype be the joke isn’t clever or good comedy. Look, I think Apu from The Simpsons is a great character. He’s well-rounded and developed, has a full backstory, and has… Read more »

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

My counter example would be a stereotype that’s so over the top it becomes a parody of stereotypes, like the Swedish Chef or Terrance and Philip from South Park. It’s not just that they have no grounding in reality, it’s that they’re making stuff up that’s so bizarre and far from the truth that they’re impossible to take seriously and you just have to laugh.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

It’s also the scale of what position they have in society as a whole. Let’s face facts here: white people, either European or of European descent, have had it generally easier than people of color. It’s the difference between punching up vs. punching down. Look, you’re Slovenian, right? If you come to America, people might make assumptions about you (look at our First Lady), but I guarantee you won’t have to deal with nearly as much crap as a person of color. If someone does an impression of a Slovenian while knowing next to nothing about Slovenia and assuming, as… Read more »

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Kind of agree with u – u have some points like Slovenians not being repressed in USA, but we have been repressed as well and we certainly didn’t have it easy through out history, we had to fought for our country and many Slovenians died over the years, we have been killed because wanting out country during wars, during Austro-Hungarian empire, during Carantaniaand so on, so just because black people were enslaved – awful thing, doesn’t mean other people haven’t been repressed and killed because who they were, it’s just that we aren’t mad at Germans because of it and… Read more »

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

See, I didn’t know any of that! And I’m Jewish, and lord knows we’ve had it rough over the years. I also find Hitler jokes funny, and for a specific reason: he’s Hitler. When you’re mocking Hitler, you’re mocking the idea that he still has power over anyone. You’re ridiculing him for being a psychopath and a dictator and taking him down a peg. You’re not making fun of concentration camps. That’s the difference between punching up vs. punching down: when I see a Jewish man like Mel Brooks or a Maori-Jewish man like Taika Waititi imitating Hitler and mocking… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

How do you know nobody found Little Britain problematic? The complaints and anger that we witness today re race didn’t just happen overnight. And political correctness is a very bad term. It is demeaning. It belittles and diminished human dignity. It sounds like “favor” and it’s effing self-serving as well. It doesn’t reflect human worth. It doesn’t have any depth.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

The same people who whine about people being “politically correct” are typically the ones who don’t have better material not related to outdated topics. Some people might take things too seriously, but in general, we’ve broadly changed our views as a society of what’s funny/based in truth and what isn’t. People like Billy Crystal or Jerry Seinfeld can’t deal with the fact that jokes about women and minorities aren’t really considered funny anymore.

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I genuinely struggle with this topic as I would like to see more consistency. Take Leigh Francis for example, he comes out and apologizes for playing black characters in Bo Selecta in the early 2000s but he continues to play Keith Lemon, a stereotypical foul-mouthed drunk Northerner. People in the south of the UK still look down on Northerners as rough, intellectually-challenged people, so it plays into a negative stereotype which does real harm to people’s life chances. But no apology so far… I think we have to get this right. Art either has to be free to express itself… Read more »

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Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Again, punching up vs. punching down. If lots of Northerners take offense to that portrayal and it’s continuing to have a negative effect on society, by all means, he shouldn’t do it. However, compare it to how things are here in the States. Every part of the country, every state, every city has its own stereotypes about it. The closest parallel to what you’re talking about would be how white people from the South are portrayed. At best, they’re shown as either very chipper and proper (read: super-duper religious) or genteel badasses who love their Second Amendment rights. At worst,… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I can only speak to my experience in the UK and as much as I’m sure I’ll get slated for it, here in the UK we don’t have the same history as the US, so the situation is different. I can’t comment on the situation in the US, but I don’t believe what I am reading in the US applies to the UK. Don’t get me wrong, we are not perfect, but we don’t have the same context that the US has. So what we are seeing in the UK at the moment feels forced and a little contrived. Personally,… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Kosey
Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Well imo it should be fully free. Art itself doesn’t hurt anyone tbh, I think people who get offended by this stuff are just like too sensitive and get offended by anything… Art should be free of any political and social things – it shouldn’t depended by them… Again that is my opinion feel free to disagree.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I do not know, but I haven’t heard of any complaints back than, if that film were to release today – it would cause a huge uproar. IMO. It’s just how I feel, I remember 2000′ being way less stressful and tbh race, sex and other labels oriented, people didn’t really care about that, or is it just nostalgia? haha that’s how I personally feel

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

It’s not a film, it’s a TV show.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Yeah true sorry I watched it as a film – parts of the show were bind together..

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I don’t think it is your job is get possibly offended on somebody else’s behalf. If you find it funny, be comfortable and enjoy it. If something turns out to offend somebody else, listen to them and find out why. Life’s too short to stress out over how to perceive a Will Ferrell film. ?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Anybody know why I’m getting this many downvotes?

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Not gonna lie, I think it looks really promising! Funny, wacky, jokes that aren’t specifically about Eurovision. What’s not to like? The jokes are definitely very Will Ferrell, but since I like his brand of comedy (when it’s good – there are times when it can be very bad indeed), it works for me. The “My father is ashamed of me” bit definitely makes me think about the more deconstructive moments from Anchorman, and I always find Will Ferrell funniest when he’s deconstructing a cliche in the most over-the-top way possible.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I also couldn’t help but notice that none of the jokes were about them being Icelandic (or Russian). Will and Rachel’s haplessness and Dan Stevens’ hamminess are all just informed character traits. The accents are exaggerated, sure, but their being wacky is seen as odd even by the Icelanders, so it’s not as though they’re characterizing every Icelander that way.