9 Eurovision moments to inspire Will Ferrell’s new Netflix comedy

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Eurovision: SuRie left ‘bruised’ after stage invasion

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Revealed: How Eurovision invader made it on stage

The anti-media campaigner who interrupted SuRie’s performance in the Eurovision final managed to invade the stage after climbing into the venue’s camera run while being pursued by security.
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Stage stormed during UK’s Eurovision song

The protester appeared to say: “Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom” – but the singer continued.
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Stage invader grabs mic during UK Eurovision performance

The UK’s Eurovision hopeful SuRie was interrupted by a stage invader during her performance at the grand final in Lisbon.
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Shock exit as Russia fails to make Eurovision final

Russia has failed to qualify for the Eurovision final for the first time in 20 years after a shock elimination in Thursday’s second semi-final.
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Eurovision 2018: Ireland through to final

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Jessica Mauboy: Why would Oz’s answer to Beyonce enter Eurovision?

It’s Eurovision first and then the world, hopes Australian star Jessica Mauboy.
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Eurovision: First winner Lys Assia dies aged 94

Swiss singer Lys Assia took the prize in 1956 and remained a life-long ambassador for the contest.
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UK entry for this year’s Eurovision revealed

Former Eurovision backing singer SuRie will take centre stage to represent the UK at this year’s song contest.
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Portugal’s Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has heart transplant

Salvador Sobral, who won the contest for Portugal this year, is doing well, surgeons in Lisbon say.
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Eurovision Song Contest: And the winner is…

Portugal has won its first Eurovision Song Contest for Salvador Sobral’s jazz-style ballad, Amar Pelos Dois, sung in his native tongue.
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Eurovision Song Contest: Anything can happen, says UK’s Lucie Jones

The bookies say the UK can’t possibly win – but the former X Factor singer still hopes for an upset.
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Eurovision: Who will take the crown?

Sky News looks at four contenders favoured by the bookies – and it appears to be bad news for Britain’s Lucie Jones.
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Eurovision Song Contest: Bluff your way through this year’s show

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Eurovision: Could the UK be in with a chance?

It’s that bizarre time of the year again, when Europe eccentrically sings and dances while the rest of the world stares in awe.
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Russia refusing to show Ukraine-hosted Eurovision

Russians are breathing a sigh of relief after a state-owned TV station said it would not broadcast next month’s Eurovision Song Contest.
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Eurovision: Ukraine bans Russia over Crimea

Ukraine has banned a Russian singer from entering the country to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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A Eurovision Vision – Listen up, UK

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Criticism over the dearth of decent song entries from the UK gaped at us once too many times on Saturday night, as we stared back not so much in embarrassment as in shame. The appalling UK entry of this year’s Eurovision’s Song Contest was like telling the rest of Europe that it was a waste of time, for those performing and for those watching. Once again, a churlish but delusional belief that the UK is above the naffness of the contest means that the instigators of modern music were surpassed by their pupils, some of whom did rather well.

So a musically dominant Britain dribbled away more of its worldwide influence because of short-sightedness, and a large dose of snobbery. Can we genuinely dismiss an event watched by north of 200 million viewers, which in three hours produces a knock-on effect of cultural awareness and aspirational likability, and is one of the best projectors of soft power in a world of growing tensions over national differences?

Because something happened this weekend. The Eurovision Song Contest was totally cool. After Slovenia’s schlocky start, Israel broke the ice of terribleness with a Fiddler-on-the-Roof-ish rap and then.. .a sequence of great songs! Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Australia impressed with verve, originality and catchiness, lest we forget this is pop. And before you ask, “Australia!?”, the Ozzies were invited to celebrate 60 years of Eurovision, and got it right the very first time — a Bruno Mars-inspired (more than derived) upbeat, slick and professional dance number.

The chink of creative light was quickly extinguished by Greece, who didn’t get the memo, followed by Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Georgia, when never has so much make-up, sewing and demented eye movement led to nowhere. We endured expressions that looked like the singer had run out of loo paper and dancers with the grace of Grendel who dragged themselves over the floor like children greeting working parents at the front door.

Tuneless songs concluded with sighs of, “That’s three minutes we’ll never get back,” from Graham Norton, our beloved commentator. For the Italians it was a popular three tenors format with the usual theme — amore — though this time, “en te, per te. and con te”, from stereotypical handsomeness that if it came up to you in a bar, you’d laugh.

Yet effort, determination and hard work were everywhere, in contrast to British apathy. Even average songs were well-produced; Germany, Austria, as well as Latvia’s petite Egyptian-like figure with a big voice, entertained us. The Cypriot effort at pseudo sentimental — a lone poignant voice with strumming guitar — was really not bad, even if it fell apart with Hungary. Even Montenegro’s rump-pump-pumping away was, well, genuine.

Russia’s chorus, “We believe, we believe in… (“taking Ukraine“, we sang at the TV) … the dream” (isn’t that the same thing?), left the singer, Polina Gagarina, blathering tearfully after the performance. Putin has that effect, #Siberia #Gulag #polonium. When Russia was continually booed at its growing vote count, one of the presenters, a reminder of what defective robots could sound like, chirped that this was about the artists, not politics. Worth savouring the moment, however, when Conchita, last year’s bearded drag queen winner, clutched Polina’s hand in shared persecution solidarity. Worth imagining too the count of subcutaneous twitches on Putin’s botoxed facial exterior.

So, in the words of the well-meaning presenter, this was not about politics, when Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Estonia and Armenia voted for the awakening volcano of a hitherto Russian motherland, and Serbia, Albania and the Czech Republic sought to assuage its looming presence.

Slovenia voted for Montenegro – “there’s a country doing much better than it should”, pointed out Graham. The UK gave their top three votes to Italy, Australia and Sweden, even Russia got six points. At least we don’t vote for our neighbours, maybe because we don’t have any.

And Germany’s “nul points”? A rejection of an artist this was not.

The Eurovision Song Contest, before trendy columnists lambast it to the depths of infernal bad taste, is about la-la love, solidarity, and diffusing the potential conflagration of tinder-dry nation states. There are far worse ways to entertain ourselves and benefit from the common interests of sharing the same continent, while being watched by yet another observer this year, as insignificant as a basking shark in a bowl of plankton, China.

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Sweden Wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

VIENNA (AP) — Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, finishing ahead of Russia, whose contestant received some boos as the Ukraine conflict spilled over into the continent’s largest songfest.

Italy came in third. Australia, which was given a wild-card entry for this year due to its enthusiastic fan base and took part for the first time, was a dark horse, with many hoping candidate Guy Sebastian would triumph and secure a place for the country next year.

His failure to do so, placing fifth, means Australia will probably not be back next year.

The race between Russia and Sweden went back and forth for most of the evening as jurors from 40 countries cast their ballots, along a worldwide audience voting by phone and app.

The win by Mans Zelmerlow and his song “Heroes” marks a record seventh time that Sweden has taken top honors in the contest.

His win comes 41 years after that of Swedish group Abba, whose triumph in 1974 with “Waterloo” launched their world career.

About 200 million people watched on TV Saturday as the 27 finalists battled it out musically. Approximately 10,000 people followed the contest live in Vienna’s mammoth Stadthalle.

Last year’s win by bearded cross-dresser Conchita Wurst vaulted the contest into even greater worldwide popularity.

Wurst, who co-hosted the show, was critical of the scattered boos that met Russian contestant Polina Gagarina and her pacifist-themed song “A Million Voices,” calling the reaction “incomprehensible.”

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Eurovision Song Contest To Be Signed For Deaf Viewers For First Time In History

Cue the signing!

In light of Conchita Wurst’s barrier-breaking win last year, the Eurovision Song Contest has decided to include sign language interpreters during broadcasts of the massive competition. A team of six interpreters will help translate the songs into International Sign, a broad-ranging version of non-spoken language that can reach a majority of deaf viewers.

The annual competition, now in its 60th year, attracts around 180 million viewers worldwide. An estimated 750,000 deaf or partially deaf people live in the European Union, according to the European Center for Modern Languages.

“We always say that music is a language which is understood by everyone,” a spokesperson for ORF TV, the Austrian network broadcasting the contest, said. “We felt that we should make this [a] reality, and to offer music to everyone, including deaf people.”

A preview video of the contest’s signers already looks pretty epic.

Earlier this year, a video of interpreter Tommy Krångh performing a song during a Swedish singing competition went viral, thanks to his gusto and spot-on signing.

Despite that signer’s enthusiasm, Kathrin Zechner, managing director ORF TV, said the Eurovision interpreters were there to supplement the contest, not steal the spotlight, the BBC reported.

“They are supporting and interpreting for the artist and the viewers,” she said. “They are stars but they are not ego-centric; they’re spreading the emotion.”

The finals of the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on May 23. Nine countries — Austria, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Slovenia — will broadcast the sign language translations, which will also be viewable online.

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Music Competitions: Eurovision Song Contest, List of Classical Music Competitions, American Idol, Castlebar Song Contest

Music Competitions: Eurovision Song Contest, List of Classical Music Competitions, American Idol, Castlebar Song Contest


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