By MARY WARD
The white suits are pressed, the wind machines are in working order, and, somewhere in Sweden, a television host is practicing how to count from one to twelve in French.
Yes, it’s Eurovision time and, as a self-professed Eurovision nerd who may or may not have originally decided to study journalism as a pathway into Eurovision commentary, it is this time of the year that I fully assume my role as an advocate for Europe’s greatest gift to the world of kitsch.
Thanks to Sweden’s win last year, this year’s festivities will be held in Malmö. To celebrate Eurovision returning to the land of ABBA and, hence, its spiritual home, I have presented my own excellent, educational, Eurovision drinking game that can be used to bring a bit of Eurojoy to your Sunday night.
When the host has a costume change?
Sip your drink. This rule does not apply after the first four costume changes (and, yes, there are sometimes more.)
When the host does a shout-out to those viewers watching from outside of Europe?
All members of the party call out: “’Straya!” Everyone finishes his or her drink.
Fun Fact: This year is the 30th year that SBS have broadcast Eurovision in Australia. They originally simulcast the BBC broadcast, but have been sending Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro as the official Australian commentary team since 2009. Because this is such a special year for Eurovision in Australia, the first semi final (broadcast down under on Friday night) featured this little snapshot into life for Aussie Eurovision fans: