True. Some people bemoan the loss of national identity but I think every show has still kept a national flavour.
The Nordic shows have told their stories through humour. Copenhagen didn't tell much of a Danish story, but the two Swedish shows did - Swedish Smorgasbord in 2013 and then in 2016 that brilliant VT
showcasing Sweden's role in pop music. Vienna also played on its rich musical heritage. Kyiv was bit more neutral but it still showcased local culture at points, especially in SF2's interval and a nod to their Eurovision history with Ruslana and Verka Seduchka. Lisbon played on their seafaring heritage and certainly the laid back presentation style reflected the local culture.
I can already see Tel Aviv have taken their lead from the Star of David with their triangles, and rumour has it we'll be seeing Dana International perform at some point; and it would be remiss to not celebrate the positive messages that night in Birmingham sent out. IBA took a massive risk and in the first year of mass televoting, the public said - "we like that." That was a huge deal, even moreso than Conchita 16 years later. Indeed, many people cite that year as the "coming out" of the show, based on the BBC's decision to put the out-and-proud gay men in the audience prominently in-shot at several points.