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Eurovision Flag Mess: Song Contest Puts Daesh Along With Basques and Crimea

The recently unveiled 'official flag policy' of the upcoming Eurovision song contest, has become the subject of severe criticism by seemingly equating Basque and Crimea with Daesh, through explicitly banning all three flags.

Listen To This: The Heart Awakens

We are big fan of Dami Im! We first mentioned her two years ago in ?this post. Now, the X Factor Oz champ is representing Australia in the Eurovision song contest. Yes, Australia is now competing! And, yes, her song is really good! That means it won't win. Eurovision doesn't usually reward good songs! Check out her big [...]

Romania Expelled From Eurovision Song Contest

Romania has been expelled from the Eurovision song contest for failing to pay debts.

After Conquering Europe, Eurovision Is Coming to Asia

The Eurovision Song Contest announces plans for an Asian competition, starting in Australia next year.

Eurovision Gets Even Better: Now, a Museum Exhibition

Visitors to Stockholm for the Eurovision Song Contest can also see an exhibition on the history of the competition at ABBA the Museum.

This Lesbian Disco Song About the First Dog in Space Is Just What Your Monday NEEDS

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The story of Laika, the first dog in space, is one of the all-time saddest things ever. But at least now it’s given us this sweet, bizarre lesbian anthem from the Eurovision Song Contest. The Hungry Hearts and their blinged-out performance are just what Monday needs. Read more...

America competing in Eurovision?

Adding Australia to Eurovision last year was brilliant. They delivered a killer song and it expanded the contest in a way that did not detract from it being the European Song Contest. However, adding Australia permanently would be the first step to it turning into the World Song Contest and that would then lose a lot of what makes Eurovision special. Show More Summary

Meet Dami Im: Australia's next Eurovision representative

It's official: Dami Im is Australia's choice to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take the stage in Stockholm, Sweden, when the competition kicks off in May this year. The announcement took place Thursday night...Show More Summary

'Putin' Lights Up Eurovision 2016 Auditions in Slovenia

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is not a man to shy away from the big stage, but nobody would have expected to see him on stage for Slovenia’s auditions for the Eurovision song contest. Unsurprisingly his “Putin, Putout” track went down a storm. Alright,...Show More Summary

UK public only have themselves to blame if Joe & Jake don't win Eurovision

LONDON — The people have spoken: pop duo Joe & Jake will represent the UK at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The pair won the most votes from the public out of six acts that performed in London on Friday night. Their song, "You’reShow More Summary

Joe and Jake: Almost Despite Itself, The BBC Has Chosen The UK's Best Eurovision Entry For Years

Joe and Jake, chosen as the UK’s entry into the 2016 Eurovision song contest by a public vote last night, are fantastic Eurovision fodder. Cute boys, singing a cute song, with a hook that you remember from the first time you hear it. They might even win. So how did [...]

Controversial Eurovision Entry Attacks Russian Oppression in Ukraine: VIDEO

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Ukraine has provoked the ire of Vladimir Putin by selecting an “anti-Russia” song for this year’s Eurovision. During last weekend’s National Song Contest, the Ukrainian public selected the song “1944” by Jamala to represent the country in May. It is… Read The post Controversial Eurovision Entry Attacks Russian Oppression in Ukraine: VIDEO appeared first on Towleroad.

Ukraine is entering a very political song about Russia into the Eurovision Song Contest

Ukraine's official Eurovision 2016 entry is a politically-charged number about the historical oppression of Crimean Muslims by Russia.  The ballad, called '1944', tells the story of Stalin's mass deportations of the Crimean Tatars towards...Show More Summary

Ukraine’s Eurovision entry is a dig at Russia. And it’s not very subtle.

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Eurovision, the campy-yet-surprisingly-popular pan-European song contest, is set to take place in May. And much as in previous years, the event will likely be filled with cheesy songs, debatable costumes – and simmering geopolitical tension. For a taste of the latter, look no further than Ukraine's planned entry this year, a slow-burning pop song by an artist called Jamala. […]

Jury is out on Eurovision song contest's big shake-up

Organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest are trying to add suspense to the annual songfest by shaking up the voting system. The European Broadcasting Union said Thursday that, starting this year, votes cast by countries' professional...Show More Summary

Ukraine’s Crimea-Inspired Hit Tipped For Eurovision 2016

A Crimean Tatar singer is set to represent Ukraine in the Eurovision 2016 song contest with a track inspired by Moscow’s Stalinist repressions against the region’s Muslim community. Jamala’s “1944” tells the story of Soviet deportation of the Crimean Tatars. Show More Summary

Custom Bikes of the Week

3 months agoLifestyle / Vehicles : Bike EXIF

A Yamaha XV950 from Switzerland, a Ducati 900SS from Holland, and a Kawasaki H2 from Italy. This week, it’s the Eurovision Song Contest of bike building. Yamaha XV950 by GS Mashin Bern-based Tom Mosimann first caught our attention with his swooping and colorful re-interpretation of a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. How well is Polish democracy doing?: a symposium.  The answer from the Polish government is the most interesting, even if not entirely accurate.  And might Poland be kicked out of the Eurovision Song Contest? 2. James Fallows is launching a war on leaf blowers. Show More Summary

How Poland’s controversial new media law could effect Eurovision, Europe’s campy song contest

4 months agoNews : BlogPost

Since coming to power in October, Poland's conservative Law and Justice Party has caused considerable controversy in Europe. One of the most notable moves the new government has made so far is a new law designed to overhaul the country's state-run broadcasters and news agencies – widely seen as a step toward taking them fully under government control. Free speech […]

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