Netflix Eurovision Comedy

In 2007’s humorous Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell teamed with Jon Heder in an unlikely attempt to win a pairs figure skating title. Now, in a new Netflix comedy, he teams with Rachel McAdams in an unlikely attempt to win the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest.

Overtitled as Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, McAdams and Ferrell – sporting another over-the-top coiffure — play an Icelandic singing duo called, yes, Fire Saga. The movie debuts this Friday, June 26.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, of course, is no substitute for the actual Eurovision Song Contest, whose 2020 final rounds were supposed to be available on Netflix for the second straight year. But the contest, an annual event since 1956, was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. A US version of the competition, presumably also destined for Netflix, was being planned for 2021.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Eurovision Song Contest, it’s a really, really big event across the pond, and arguably the granddaddy of all the singing competitions now flooding our airwaves.

Here’s last year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence, with his winning song, “Arcade”:

And here’s Fire Saga doing “Volcano Man” from Netflix’s fictional contest:

Do you think Fire Saga has a chance of winning? The duo is comprised of Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (McAdams). Sigrit’s singing voice is dubbed by Sweden’s Molly Sanden. Ferrell provides his own vocals for Lars.

The cast also includes Pierce Brosnan as Erick Erickssong, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley) as Alexander Lemtov, Demi Lovato as Katiana, and Graham Norton as himself.

Blades of Glory, meanwhile, is available to stream starting at $2.96 from Amazon and other providers.

Here’s the duo’s “Iron Lotus” program, followed by the movie’s trailer:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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