If you’ve got terrible taste in music or an abiding love of cheese, you’re probably a fan of Eurovision, the TV pop competition responsible for (guilty of?) launching Olivia Newton-John, ABBA and these complete weirdos.
Germany’s Jewish community must also include some fans, because it’s adapted the contest and renamed it — perhaps inevitably — Jewrovision. This year’s event, held in Munich over the weekend, featured singers from across the country, all facing off under the theme “Back to the Roots” (a translation we’re guessing did not originate with a native English speaker). Sponsored by the Jewish Agency and run according to the same format as the song contest that inspires it, Jewrovision unfolded in front of 3,000 fans, as well as Munich’s mayor and members of the German government.
In the end, Munich won the right to host the next Jewrovision by winning this year’s competition, beating runners-up from Berlin and Frankfurt. All the competitors had Hebrew names, including the victorious Neshama (soul), Tikwatejnu (a German transliteration of “our hope”) and Amichai (my people live).
We’d love to report that the songs were meaningful or in good taste, but that would basically defeat the purpose of anything connected to Eurovision. Rapping shouldn’t be left to amateurs — perhaps especially in German.