We All Hate To Watch It

Tonight the European Song Contest finale will be watched by over 100 million people, despite the fact that most people agree about that the songs aren’t that good.

The winner will be selected by summing up an equal number of votes from each country. Usually there are big differences in how countries votes. A trend is that some neighboring groups of countries like to vote for each other. Such groups include a “Balkan Block” and a “Viking Empire”.

It’s a bit like survivorship when merging matched data rows into a golden record in an enterprise master data hub. Maybe the winning data isn’t that good and several departments probably don’t like it at all.

So I see no reason why Denmark shouldn’t win tonight.

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Diversity in data quality is a recurring subject of mine. I think the issues with data quality and diversity resembles a recurring event in Europe being the yearly Eurovision Song Contest. This year the contest was held in Oslo the past week.

Every participating country brings a song. The text may be in any language which then mostly is either English or your different local language(s). Some songs have an international sound while other songs have a strong recognizable local sound. This year I noticed:

  • The winning song from Germany was in the international category, performed in English.
  • As UK songs usually have an international sound and are performed in English the British song handicapped itself with a +20 year old sound leading to a similar position in the finale.
  • Netherlands had a winning strategy with a local sound performed in Dutch. Big hit in Holland I think, but didn’t make it to the finale.

The voting process was as usual criticized as there is a tendency that neighboring countries favors each other such as done by Balkan countries – and the Viking nations.

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