Pop singers sing what’s popular. Artists redefine what’s popular.
Pop singers imitate. Artists originate.
Pop singers need to be consistently good. Artists must be, at least occasionally, surprisingly brilliant. Performance may vary.
People enjoy pop singers who meet expectations. People love artists who blow expectations apart.
It’s enough for a pop singer to do something you enjoyed another pop singer doing. An artist has to do something you believe only they could do. That is what defines them.
Every year at Eurovision we get together with a mixture fellow song contest geeks and bemused neighbours and friends who just like eating and drinking.
This year it was my turn to organise the sweepstake, so everyone has some sort of vested interest in every country, and I made these cards. I think they were meant to be like passports to start with, then I realised I wanted useful extras like facts about the artists (taken from the incredibly patchy biogs on the official Eurovision site). And I’ve made them to print on a home inkjet printer, without too much ink, so they don’t look much like passports in the end.
Feel free to rip them off! (Print pages 1-13, then do page 14 on the back of each one, cut and fold…)