Eurovision: Europe is obsessed with winner Lena's 'Satellite' -- and I am, too!

Who else loves Eurovision? What—you don’t know what Eurovision is?!? For shame! Well, here’s what you need to know: It’s the crazy-delicious European singing competition that coalesesces into an extravaganza pitting European country against European country, and was initially responsible for the discovery of a little Swedish pop group called ABBA, which won the songwriting contest with “Waterloo” back in 1974. (See our coverage of last year’s winner here.)

Out of 39 countries participating this year, Germany’s Lena won with her performance of “Satellite.” True, she was crowned the winner back at the end of May. So that’s not news. But I write this post because I just returned from a two-week jaunt through Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands, and Lena was more ubiquitous in Europe than pommes frites. They’re obsessed with her and her ridiculously infectious pop ditty! Literally, I heard it everywhere from the train station to bakeries to gay bars.

I got sucked in and have been listening to “Satellite” on repeat for days now. How can you not love a trifle with lyrics like this:

I went everywhere for you
I even did my hair for you
I bought new underwear, they’re blue
And I wore ‘em just the other day

Anyway, just thought—in case you hadn’t heard it—that you all might want to. Lena’s already burning up the European Billboard charts and the video of her song that I’m embedding below (watch it!) has snagged almost 17 million views:

What’d you think? You can’t buy her song on iTunes in America yet, but do you think Lena could make the crossover to the USA?

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  • Drew

    I love it! I’ve always wished that music over here was like those that were played in Europe. It’s very catchy, but I think it will never catch on here in the States because all everyone listens to is rap crap! Just look at the Billboard charts or listen to the radio: it’s all rap!

    • Starfoxmack10

      lol she speaks retarded English like a cornwall farmer!! go listen to i got a brand new combine harvester thats where she got her accent Inspiration from lol

  • chris

    took you long enough… ;-)

    love this song.

  • mmex

    It’s completely typical of any Eurovision song — cheesy pop! And also typical, it sounds like it was learned in phonetical English bacause the singer doesn’t speak English. Since most Germans speak some English, I’m surprised they couldn’t find a singer who could do the song in a less weird accent. Or they could have just done it in German. The rules don’t say the songs have to be in English!

    • Elizabeth

      Well, she doesn’t sound any different from the European singers I listen to on the radio everyday (obviously nothing originating from here in the states). I actually enjoy her delivery.

      Some of us enjoy pop music (Gasp! For Shame!!).

      • Elizabeth

        She’s not on iTunes, but I found her on Amazon if you want to go old school and see what they’ve got to fit your musical enjoyment needs.

    • ElRascalito

      Well … actually she does speak english and that accent she learned from her english teacher at school.
      The song is great, we here in Germany certainly are in a Lena-Mania kind of mood.

  • Laura

    I heard this a few weeks ago and I was so disappointed when I couldn’t buy it on itunes! What a catchy song!

  • sculliosis

    i prefer last year’s winner. i thought it was a lot better.

  • Brat

    Define obsessed? Not many are in the UK that I’ve seen at least. Then again the UK tends to view Eurovision more as a pisstake than as a serious music competition. This years UK entry was appalling to say the very least.

    • LollinLikeAllah

      I think you’re just peeved your song “didn’t sound good to us” LOL

    • Celimene

      Oh, come now. Most of it *is* a pisstake. But on occasion, there’s some fun music that comes out of it. And I miss Terry Wogan as commentator. =/

  • Ing

    Finally you guys are catching onto Eurovision! She’s alright, but last years winner was so much better. From Norway, Alexander Rybak with his song Fairytale. Go check it out on youtube. It’s cute and unique, just like all eurovison songs!

  • RK

    The UK isn’t obsessed because they never do well in it. While traveling in Spain in 2002, I met some people who couldn’t believe I didn’t know what it was. I’m surprised that they haven’t put Eurovision on some cable station on the US yet (but you could watch it online this year).

  • Niki

    It’s a really cute song, but maybe it’s also worth mentioning some other songs, considering there were 39 of them? My vote goes for the lovely almost-country-ish ballad of Belgium and the addictive zouk/dancehall from France.

  • Joslyn

    This is so catchy and great! She sounds a bit like Kate Nash. Thanks for sharing!

  • wtfnyc

    LOVE IT!!! (Though usually I just dig Eurovision for the cracktastic outfits. :p) This NEEEEEDS to get to itunes!!

  • cab

    @Ing: Last Years Winner said weeks before the Contest that Lena has to win. Alexander Ryback is one of her biggest Fan, was her biggest Supporter in Norway and is totally fallen in Love with her !!

  • Reinhard Schnitzer

    “Lovely Lena”, as she is now almost universally nicknamed, is selling more records in Europe in 2010 than any any other musical act…. She has won huge popularity in Germany, Scandinavia and other countries because of her modest, self-effacing manner and her refusal to comply with pop-industry hype. And the United States? Missing a trend again?

  • josh d.

    She’s really cute!

  • cab

    Btw. the song is written by Julie Frost who is American, so it is also an US Song. Julie Frost was also involved in Rihannas Umbrella ^^

    • i kissed a hermaphrodite

      The Eurovision rules state that as long as a song is at least co-written by someone from that country, it can be entered under that country’s name. Therefore it’s a “German” song. I totally dig Lena – she’s a weird cross between Avril Lavigne, Lily Allen, Lene Lovich and the Australian singer Missy Higgins (NB – if you don’t know those last two names, look ‘em up and you’ll see what I mean).

      • ElRascalito

        Actually the song is a US-American/danish co-production.

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