Rachel McAdams Says the Eurovision Song Contest Is Bigger than the Super Bowl

Rachel McAdams talks about exploring the world of Eurovision for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga with Will Ferrell.

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Rachel McAdams Says the Eurovision Song Contest Is Bigger than the Super Bowl- Late Night with Seth Meyers

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I once heard an American say "This is kinda like American Idol." Eh... no. No, it is not like American Idol. This is much, much bigger, and it has been going on since 1956.
Of course is bigger, more than 40 countries are involved. The super bowl is a match in one country.
I loved her as Sigrit.

"The elves took it too far!"
catherine holmes
catherine holmes:
People who say that Eurovision is awful clearly doesn’t understand the intention of the show. It’s a lighthearted competition between countries in the EU and now Australia. It’s to promote unity and also an excuse to party.
Liam Williams
Liam Williams:
Think Americans seriously overestimate how big the Superbowl is outside America.
Brynjar Reynisson
Brynjar Reynisson:
It definitely is bigger than Super Bowl. Super Bowl is only one country while Eurovision is a whole continent plus Australia and Israel
Only American arrogance would think that Superbowl is bigger than an event which is broadcast in over 30 countries....
Sara Blue
Sara Blue:
Being from Europe it blows my mind that America has so little idea of the cultures going on in the rest of the world. I mean Australia is THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD and they loved it so much the petitioned to be a part of it for years. So don't yell me it's a geography thing either!!
Rebecca Olsen - Stuff and Nonsense
Rebecca Olsen - Stuff and Nonsense:
Meanwhile, in Australia we’re such big fans that we get to enter it now.
Actually, I don't mind Fire Saga being kind of like a special interval act in Rotterdam the next year. If anything, I'd be super excited
El Presidente
El Presidente:
It is a Nordic thing leaving celebrities alone, respecting their privacy.
Typical American arrogance, thinking they're the centre of the world lmao, Eurovision has been going on for nearly 70 years in 40 countries, sit down 😂😂
Alina Melnychuk
Alina Melnychuk:
I was trying to explain to my American friends what the Eurovision is like. And yes, it's like the Olympic games for musicians. I never thought about it this way, but that's true
To understand Eurovision, you need to know the EBU, The European Broadcasting Union.
Started in post war western Europe, it was an idea to show the best of each country. For example, if England was showing a big soccer game, the BBC would broadcast that from Alexandra Palace in London with its huge attena mast, the signal would be strong enough that receivers on the Eiffel tower in Paris would pick it up. Because of the EBU agreements these countries had, Paris would then be allowed access to that frequency, boost the signal, broadcast it and pass it on. Holland would get that signal, boost it broadcast it and pass it on and the chain would continue until most of western post war Europe would have the broadcast. In return, Italy might give them a beautiful opera performance and likewise each country would broadcast their best and try to rebuild relations post ww2. Eventually in the mid 50's, it was decided that the EBU needed its own flagship event. where each country would actually come together and stage a yearly event that not only entertained but continued to build relationships, understanding and - following the divisiveness of ww2 - unify all aspects of each country. And with the EBU being known as Euro-Vision due to its television basis (although some radio broadcasts were shared through the EBU agreement also), the Eurovision Song Contest was born.
Now over 60 years later, the EBU broadcasting agreement has grown to include Austrailia, certain parts of Asia and the surrounding areas, aswell as the growing Europe that has come post iron curtain and post soviet union. Hence why some countries broadcast the event but dont take part ( they are part of the EBU but choose not to take part in the contest, or are refused participation due to their countries politics not meeting Eurovision standards) and why, after 25+ years of broadcasting the contest, Austrailia were invited to take part at the 60th anniversary and made such a good impression that theyve qualified for it ever since.
As the space age developed, Satellites took over from the broadcast chain. But things like World Cup Finals, Live Aid and other big global events can trace their global broadcasting reach back to the EBU
That's what eurovision is, a party that unites, its why the LGBTQ+ community loves it and why it has become camper every year. its equality and non political (at least its supposed to be but neighbours always support each other). Its why Russia always gets booed because of its anti-LGBTQ+ laws, its why UK has done crap since the 90s cause of brexit and the like.
But in the end, yes theres a winner, but theres no bragging. its recognised that Ireland and Sweden are the top dogs but they dont boast about it. The only thing winning gets you, apart from a glass trophy, is the responsibility of hosting the party next year.
As long as the party continues, then for 1 week a year (yes a week, it has now gotten that big, with that many countries taking part, theres now semi finals on the Tues and Thurs to qualify for the big saturday night final - Yes its Sunday morning breakfast telly in Austrailia) we come together, put aside our difference like the bickering brothers and sisters we are and have one massive love-in party.
So come on USA, join the EBU, Join the Party and (as long as you keep the whole "we're number 1, USA USA USA" attitude behind and just enjoy the taking part) and join the vision.......the Euro-Vision!!!!
Rachel is very honest and kind in her answers, she does not oversell the thing and knows how to present her experience in that world from her initial lack of knowledge.
Pedro Domingues
Pedro Domingues:
Rachel is one of the most beautiful women ever, and an incredibly talented actress.
Isabelle Bouchard
Isabelle Bouchard:
Maybe some older Canadians are more aware of this contest since Céline Dion won it in 1988 representing Switzerland!
Jessika in Japan
Jessika in Japan:
Fire Saga should do the opening act of next year's Eurovision ;) .
Ian McGreevy
Ian McGreevy:
The war in Europe is over. How can we prevent another one?
1) Create NATO.
2) Create Common Market
3) Create an enormous annual three-hour televised singing competition.
M M:
What’s a super bowl?
Eurovision has been broadcast in Australia for the last 30 years. So eventually they let us participate. Yeah!
Jul M
Jul M:
In Iceland everybody goes crazy for Eurovision, it's THE event of the year for some of us haha (don't compare to the Super Bowl, it cannot keep up anyway lol)
A SH2018
A SH2018:
Even if you don’t like the music it’s just a big party. Here in Germany the biggest party is in Hamburg where the heavy metal fan is beside pop music fan. It is just a big party for young and old
I refuse to believe Rachel mcadams is 41 😤 *there's literally no possible way 😫*
Nairda Ollijurt
Nairda Ollijurt:
I bet Rachel didn't know that Celine Dione participated at Eurovision.
Eurovision is SO much bigger than the Super Bowl.
Yazmina Sporrong
Yazmina Sporrong:
Eurovision is life and no one can tell me otherwise. 🇸🇪
Amélie Carré
Amélie Carré:
Bigger than the super bowl, mouhahahahaha, you know that there's only one country in the world that cares about the super bowl, or american football for that matter?
No sh*t, Sherlock. Whoever titled this video needs to learn some perspective.
Film is glorious. It perfectly captures the batshit crazy of the Eurovision. The songs in the show are perfect replicas of the "Eurovision sound"
My family have watched it 4 times in the last week.
Jurre Kieboom
Jurre Kieboom:
For a continent divided by war so many times throughout history, having been able to get together and enjoy this silly and garish song contest for 60+ consecutive years is perhaps one of our greatest achievements. Still hope to witness a worldvision one day.......
Joseph Mercel
Joseph Mercel:
Super Bowl: 115 millions viewers max.
Eurovision: 100 millions viewers MIN 600 millions max.
Look, I’m an American and I love Eurovision. I hope this movie gets more Americans to learn about it. Yes, there’s a lot of funny and crazy stuff, but there are also a fair few actually great songs.
Zoe Benefer
Zoe Benefer:
I love that they joked that the UK won’t get any points 😂 perfect
Lisa Maria van Harmelen
Lisa Maria van Harmelen:
“Holland” 🤦🏽‍♀️ The Netherlands, thank you.
Lost Freq
Lost Freq:
I am definitely not a Will Feral fan. But I really liked this movie. It was such a surprise. If you all get to see it, I predict will not waste your 2 hours,
As an American I've been telling my friends for the past 5-6 years that they need to get into Eurovision. It is bigger than the superbowl.
I absolutely LOVE this movie!!! Rachel is incredible! :) I love her & Will together!!! And when I saw Dan Stevens bust out as the Russian lion singer, hahahaha my favorite movie of his has always been Matthew from Downton Abbey, so it made his performance a million times more hilarious to me & the three of them have such great comedic chemistry!!! Well done all around to every single person involved, everyone is just fantastic in this film! and I absolutely LOVE the little magical touches in the film, from the elves, to the whales, to the live & let love tones --- I don't want to spoil anything for others who may not have seen it yet. But it is definitely a movie that we truly need RIGHT NOW in the world. Personally, I have been having an extremely difficult time in life (health, spirit, surrounded by jerk-offs, ETC. etc. etc.) and I have found myself randomly thinking of the magical note & it gives me such inspiration & strength & I tear up just thinking of the scene!)
graz ryan
graz ryan:
Unexpectedly, i had teary eye when Husavik was played. 😅
Jewels Star
Jewels Star:
The Eurovision is corny as heck but hilarious. My parents used to have viewing parties regularly where everyone got drunk and made fun of the whole thing... Terry Wogan used to take the piss in his commentary (RIP) and now Graham Norton does it.
The Eurovision winners include ABBA by the way, and Ireland had a number of wins in the 90s making people wonder if we were going to able to afford to host it again and Father Ted did a skit on it too, (I'm Irish) so it was extra fun then AND Riverdance was first ever performed in Dublin at the Eurovision (the winners host the next show).
It's fun and very, very corny but still enjoyed by many people. My friend from New Zealand went to one of them (can't recall where it was now) with a group of her mates and she loved it too. She's a big fan. You'll find lots of people are much bigger fans than you'd realise!
Aigne Sponaugle
Aigne Sponaugle:
It's HILARIOUS! Perfectly over the top and the cameos are spot on. Get stoned and enjoy!
Jewels Star
Jewels Star:
Both ABBA and Riverdance gained popularity from exposure on the Eurovision.
It's a misnomer now as it's not just Europe competing but even includes Australia now too.
patrick hobbs
patrick hobbs:
Rachel is a good ambassador for Canada: nice, funny, polite, and sweet.
THE MOVIE IS SOOOOOOOOO GOOOD , laughed and cryed.....the best thing in last few years..GREAT SUCCESS!!!!
Ian Nutter
Ian Nutter:
Rachel McAdams totally carried this movie. Her acting was so sweet and funny and (toward the end) very powerful
Anders Haugen
Anders Haugen:
I just watched this movie and I was really surprised. It's a genuine loveletter to Eurovision.... and also Iceland. XD
Damon Hines
Damon Hines:
Just swivelled to another device to search Eurovision on Netflix, and it's featured on the home page above My List, Continue Watching, etc. ! Cool..added.Love Rachel! <3 8>D
It's not like the superbowl, it's more like _The Vocal Olympics_
Sira Mea
Sira Mea:
what is lovely about his interview is the Rachael has time to talk uninterrupted, like a genuine chat
Canada also got to watch Eurovision for decades, at least from French international broadcasts. Maybe only English Canada missed out?
R.S. Hekscher
R.S. Hekscher:
Seth, you never guess which country won Eurovision 2019 in Israel...
Don Carlo
Don Carlo:
I have the biggest crush on Rachel since The Notebook 😍😍😍😍
Che Ni
Che Ni:
This will replace the Eurovision Songcontest this year 🧡🌈
Crypto Knight
Crypto Knight:
Racheal McAdams is one of those rare people who is beautiful both inside and out. Every movie I have ever seen her in she has been breath taking to watch. Just incredibly talented while still remaining humble. She is a treasure.
Americans are so oblivious. Even Australia knows about ESC
Joel Reis
Joel Reis:
I am genuinely surprised how the movie got so big in one week...
Why does the US doesn't know about the biggest event on earth?!? Because we Europeans do not brag about everything and exaggerate things like you. And honestly, we would like to ask you to tone down, your bragging culture is exhausting (US: "We are/have the greatest/best country/economy/democracy/health care/ schools/people...". ) This choice of words is disgusting and we are fed up with it. Real class lies in understatement...
Noelle Nn
Noelle Nn:
Fun fact : Eurovision is so popular in SE Asia that they started their own version with the ASEAN Song Contest.
Louise Smallbone
Louise Smallbone:
I love how Americans are so surprised that life happens outside the states
Karl-Rick Bizoza
Karl-Rick Bizoza:
Actually Céline Dion participated and won it in 1988.
andrea de maria
andrea de maria:
what a smile. I meltdown everytime I see her.
Marte Ditlefsen
Marte Ditlefsen:
Just watched Eurovision, i am now obsessed with Rachel
What a beautiful story of redemption!
For years we males have held a grudge against Rachel Mcadams for “Noah’s notebook”. Now she has redeemed herself. Go in peace, sister!
The only thing big about the super bowl is the half time show
Son Of Thunder
Son Of Thunder:
the songs that they sing on this movie are absolutely beautiful...I'm a huge fan of viking and fantasy type music...the double trouble song is soul touching its beautiful I can't even put it in words...awesome movie👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿
Eurovision will remain watchable as long as America is not in it <3
The Kreators
The Kreators:
As a Canadian, I can 100% say that I absolutely freakin' love the Eurovision Song Contest, and the movie she did with Will is superb!
Elias R.
Elias R.:
I've been loving her for years
They people were just being nice, trying not to disturb the shooting. Icelanders have experience with GOT and such. They probably did not really get noticed after years of that... und 😁
I just watched the movie last night.. and it was great! Highly recommended.
Geoffrey Feinberg
Geoffrey Feinberg:
She's stunning. She's come a long way from playing High School mean babes in Hot chick and Mean Girls.
Robert The Professor Jacques
Robert The Professor Jacques:
She’s so damn beautiful
Walt Locke
Walt Locke:
She's a ray of sunshine!
Clara Papaya
Clara Papaya:
What a beautiful interview. Kind and polite.
Janet Sibose
Janet Sibose:
This film is sooo lovely, especially for us in Sweden. There are many things we can identify with. Thanks!
Stephanie Smith
Stephanie Smith:
This movie was so wonderful and heartwarming. Rachel was amazing in it.
Lucy Sky
Lucy Sky:
I don't know how I feel about America taking a piece of European culture and profiting off of it.
Gotta love her, gorgeous, talented, funny, and kind. I'm watching the film tonight!!!!
Philippe Hunt
Philippe Hunt:
Love Rachel, underrated comedic actress
The important thing about Eurovision is they sing live. So it's not like those other bullshit reality tv shows where they improve the vocals in post.
Dan Morris
Dan Morris:
Another great movie by the magnificent mind of Will Ferrell. I love his stuff. No not his stuff I mean his movies.
It’s kind of amazing that Americans managed to make such a faithful adaptions
Lord Typesalot
Lord Typesalot:
ESC fan since 1988 (I was five at the time). What people don't know: back in 1956 the contest was meant to be only a test for the newly established European Broadcasting Union. You see, there was this Swiss guy, Marcel Bezençon, who believed that another world war could be prevented, if all European countries would have their own public service broadcasting agencies, which would be interconnected with one another via a radio and television broadcasting system, so that every European country would have immediate access to what's going on in the other countries. Thus the Eurovision was born. To see if this European network of TV/radio stations would actually work, he suggested a singing contest, where all the national broadcasters would send off their entries, airing the contest simultaneously, then vote for the best song. The first Eurovision was held in Lausanne, the Swiss headquarters of the EBU. (That's also why - to this day - French is one of the EBU's working languages. The "douze points" thing.) It was meant to be held once. But all the participants found the idea brilliant, and decided to make it a lasting program. The rest is TV history.

(And yes, my birthplace had the honor to host the ESC back in 1983. I pass the arena every day, on my way to work.)
Sierra Bleu
Sierra Bleu:
Rachel! I love her. The girl glows. She's my fav after Cam Diaz.
The sound was terrible Seth.
Just a thought... They host Eurovison in character next year. 🤫
Boo Bryant
Boo Bryant:
I think I just fell in love 😂

EDIT: just watched the film and it’s hilarious, endearing, charming and wonderful all mixed together into a big cinematic blunt that lasts just over 2 hours. Check it out for real 🤣
Abbey Davis
Abbey Davis:
“She’s probably not my sister!”
Like WOT😂
she looks amazing
Terry Vogelaar
Terry Vogelaar:
Next year, the Song Contest will be in Rotterdam where I live. If Rachel McAdams would visit, I definitely would love to meet her; I'm a big fan!
The Watcher
The Watcher:
I want to see an entire movie based on the daydream sequence in this movie. I thought that was what this movie was lol. I wasn't disappointed, I still enjoyed it, but I really want to see a fantasy/musical.
J B:
Rachel is my #1 crush for about 15 years now
I loooove Eurovision so much! But I'm also super excited for this movie. And prolly extra cuz I'm Icelandic. XD It's totally much bigger than the superbowl. Lol.
Lynn St Laurent
Lynn St Laurent:
I was in Germany for two weeks during Eurovision and it was massive. This. was six months prior to Germany hosting the World Cup to put into perspective how big a deal it still was.
Rachel McAdams is so wonderful and talented I will watch this movie - despite falling into the "Hate Eurovision" category. I'm 100% sure the icelanders didn't crowd the set during filming becuase it would be considered intrusive and rude. That's how Nordic people roll...
There are so many partys in Europe and Australia during the Eurovision week in May every year. Eurovision is the best time of the year ....next to X-MAS .
Loved loved the movie! One of my friends from Hungary and who is a big Eurovision fan said they did a great job at portraying the contents and not making fun of it.

Also Rachel McAdams is fucking gorgeous and has found the fountain of youth
Kreg Yakke
Kreg Yakke:
Up until a few days after watching the movie I assumed eurovision was a made-up contest and then I realize how massive it is. Somehow this contest is bigger than the super bowl and barely anyone in the US has heard of it
Sigrit is one of my favorite characters of all time! She deserved a better ending though!
Michael Grosberg
Michael Grosberg:
That was such a fun, loving tribute to Eurovision! Loved it. Rachel Mcadams herself was brilliant and as always a joy to watch.