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
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
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
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 […]
Israel's reality singing competition "The Next Star of Eurovision" is under fire for one contestant's performance of a song that contained lyrics mocking a gay character.
German R&B singer Xavier Naidoo was withdrawn from the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest due to his problematic past using homophobic lyrics.
The musician will not represent Germany in the song contest after a public outcry that he holds homophobic and extreme right-wing beliefs.
Just days after Germany named the popular R&B singer Xavier Naidoo to represent it in Eurovision 2016, the nation has withdrawn Naidoo from the song contest. Naidoo’s selection was met with heavy backlash over his 2012 song “Wo Sind” (“Where Are They Now”), which critics accused of linking homosexuality with pedophilia. In a 2008 song, he […]
There are plenty of signs that the way we have typically described gender may be dying before our very eyes. In Austria last year, the winner of Eurovision’s popular song contest was a 26 year old drag queen with a beard named Conchita Wurst. Earlier this year, Sweden officially became the first country to add
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro has stated her wish to represent Portugal at this year’s Eurovision song contest. The older sister of the Ballon D’Or holder has been cutting out a career for herself in the music business forShow More Summary
Taking a page from Vienna’s gay playbook, Munich has fitted its traffic lights with silhouettes of same-sex couples. While Vienna debuted their signals in conjunction with this year’s Eurovision song contest, Munich’s come just before...Show More Summary
Eurovision reports: This morning, SVT revealed Stockholm as the Host City for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The capital city's Globe Arena will stage the contest for the second time in its history. The Semi-Finals will be held on 10 and 12 May, the Grand Final on 14 May 2016. Show More Summary
Beamly, the leading social discovery network for TV, launches Booster today, which takes any kind of content and A/B test it for campaigns. Recently, they used to tech during the Eurovision Song Contest, driving 9 million engagements,...Show More Summary
Conchita Wurst, Austrian drag performer and winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, just blew us—and the entirety of Germany—away with a flawless (and topless) cover on German Rolling Stone. Known for breaking barriers when is comes...Show More Summary
Norwegian-Iranian singer Tooji, who represented Norway in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, is out with a sultry new video for his song "Father" featuring the mononymous musician having an illicit affair with a gay priest. The black and white video...
Europe is falling in love all over again with the venerable Eurovision Song contest, and now another new multi-national event has sprung up to help keep the continent united. The 1st European Games is an international multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Europe. It is scheduled to be held in […]
Many observers of this year's Eurovision Song Contest noted that it was the most emotionally and politically charged event in the festival's 60-year memory. While Russia's Polina Gagarina had seemed like the likely winner during much...Show More Summary
Public Like Pills From: Euroland, Europe Last weekend the annual celebration of cheese aka the Eurovision Song Contest inflicted it's usual parade of over dressed caterwauling non entities on the ears of the public. I spent the evening...Show More Summary
VIENNA—By winning the Eurovision Song Contest last year, Austria earned the right to host this year's contest, the final of which was Saturday. But while 39 other countries, including distant guest entrant Australia, had traveled here...Show More Summary
This batch brings acrobats, stripper cops, HAL 9000, and some really downbeat French drama. (I did skip a few in here for being too snoozy, though.) For the Top 11, click here, or just… scroll down, I suppose, or back, or whatever, because I just posted them. Read More...