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The Best Music Festival You Don't Know About

Seamus Dever | Posted 08.11.2013 | TV
Seamus Dever

It's been almost a month since I attended the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden and I've been trying to distill the experience for my American friends.

The First Semi-Final -- Beyond Amazing

David Thielen | Posted 07.15.2013 | Entertainment
David Thielen

I'm a 57-year-old guy where living on the edge is having a second beer. I haven't been to a concert in decades. And yet... Last night I found myself ...

Sweden's Eurovision 2011 Song: "Popular" by Eric Saade (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Will Adams

In the final, Eric's chances may hinge on Europe's appetite for electro-pop. "Popular" is one of the few numbers you could legitimately hear playing at a club. But that's not necessarily a good thing.

Azerbaijan's Eurovision 2011 Song: "Running Scared" by Ell & Nikki (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Will Adams

Ell's boyishly good looks betray him in a setting meant to be ripe with sweat and sex and passion. At just 21 years of age, he seems overwhelmed by the Mrs. Robinson fantasy of 30-year old Nikki, who looks like a real maneater.

Your Country-By-Country Guide To Tonight's Eurovision Final (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

In just a few hours, more than 120 million viewers will tune into Eurovision, the continent-wide singing contest that has produced stars like ABBA, Ce...

Armenia's Eurovision 2010 Song (VIDEO): 'Apricot Stone' By Eva Rivas

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

In "Apricot Stone," Eva Rivas sings an ode to the symbol of Armenia.

Ukraine's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Sweet People' by Alyosha (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Eurovision voters want fab, not drab. A song about nuclear fallout and deforestation does not a party make.

Moldova's Eurovision 2010 Song: "Run Away" by Sunstroke Project and Olia Tira (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Every year aspiring pop stars pull out their English language dictionaries and write lyrics they hope will appeal to English-speaking audiences. Unfortunately, many end up singing in "Eurovision English."

Romania's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Playing With Fire' by Paula Seling and Ovi (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Paula Seling and Ovi portray lovers balancing fiery passion with a desire to harm one another. The result is a musical fondue. Everything is smothered in cheese, and it's absolutely delicious.

Slovakia's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Horehronie' by Kristina Pelakova (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Many Eurovision performers rely on camp lyrics and low-cut tops to make an impact. Not Kristina. Her song radiates Slavic soul and conveys the beauty of the Slovak language.

France's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Allez! Ola! Olé!' by Jessy Matador (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Matador mixes zouk, dancehall, reggae, and hiphop, building on American, African and Caribbean influences. He's essentially taking Eurovision outside of Europe.

Serbia's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Ovo Je Balkan' (This Is Balkan) by Milan Stankovic (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Love him or hate him, you always remember Milan Stankovic. Fans praise his energy and have dubbed him the next Placido Domingo. Critics deem his voice feeble and compare him to a flat-chested lesbian.

Germany's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Satellite' by Lena Meyer-Landrut (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

While Lena does sweet in real life, it's her ability to project crazy that makes her memorable. Eurovision 2010 will be a battle between two teen pop queens: Lena and Azerbaijan's Safura Alizade.

Azerbaijan's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Drip Drop' by Safura Alizade (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

"Drip Drop" builds on the common R&B theme of a woman done wrong by her man. Vocally, it's a convincing performance. As an added bonus, it contains just two English-as-a-second-language moments.

Greece's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Opa!' by Giorgos Alkaios and Friends (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

In the official preview video of "Opa," Giorgos Alkaios goes homoerotic. He plays an alpha male who exerts control over four younger men, each of them taut, tan and full of testosterone.

Belgium's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Me and My Guitar' By Tom Dice

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Quick: name a charismatic Belgian. If you're struggling to answer, then you understand the dilemma of 23-year old Tom Dice.