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Eurovision Song Contest

Should Politics Have a Voice in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

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.

A Eurovision Vision - Listen up, UK

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Trisha de Borchgrave

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.

European Idol

Philip Kyle | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Philip Kyle

Watching us behave in such a way, I could not help wonder what it is, today in 2015, that brings us together as Europeans. Can we boast a common identity, common values, a common culture which bind us together? Have we developed a sense of belonging?

Eurovision Supervisor: Australia May Receive Permanent Place in the Contest

David Thielen | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Guy Sebastian is keen to relive 'Tonight Again', and now Eurovision Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand has revealed to Swedish Eurovision broadcaster SVT that Australia may do Eurovision again too.

In a Field of Amazing Songs, Poland Reigns Supreme

David Thielen | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
David Thielen

In the Jury semi-final last night Monika delivered a stunning performance that could well take her on to win the contest. In my opinion it was right up there with Russia & Armenia's brilliant performances in the first semi.

More Love From Emin: The Russian Pop Star Opens Up About His Music, Family and Wealth

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Dustin Fitzharris

For close to a decade Russian pop star Emin has been heating up the music industry with his diverse style that ranges from standards to Latin pop to power ballads.

Eurovision Artists Building Bridges in All-Girl Collaboration

David Thielen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
David Thielen

The rumors are true: we have on our hands one major Eurovision collaboration! It all started with an idea from one person: Armenian-American artist Tamar Kaprelian, part of the pre-existing Armenia supergroup, Genealogy.

We Bet You've Never Seen A Crosswalk Like This Before

AP | By GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Some Vienna pedestrian traffic lights are suddenly not only red or green. They're also gay or straight. And Austria's r...

What Frightens the Russian Hetero Male

Jason Howe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

They used to call the line between east and west the Iron Curtain. As of last week, you could call it the Sequined Curtain.

Parade Honoring Eurovision's Conchita Wurst Axed Over Possible LGBT Clashes

AP | Posted 05.16.2014 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this yea...

Austrian Drag Queen Makes History With Eurovision Victory

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 05.10.2014 | Gay Voices

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James B...

'I Created This Bearded Lady To Show The World That You Can Do Whatever You Want'

Agence France Presse | Soren Billing | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Austria's bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has hogged the limelight ahead of Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final, but things have gotten hairy f...

This Russian Politician Does NOT Want Drag Queen Performing At Eurovision

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, best known for performing in full make-up and tight dresses while rocking a beard, has received mixed reactions to...

Meet The Austrian Drag Queen Set To Tackle Eurovision

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices

* Drag queen, 25, to sing power ballad "Rise Like a Phoenix" * Austria has won Eurovision just once before * Singer shru...

City Makes Pro-Gay Move Marking 'Diversity And Openness' Ahead Of Massive Event

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices

By Annabella Nielsen COPENHAGEN, April 10 (Reuters) - The city of Copenhagen will perform wedding ceremonies for both homosexual and h...

Russian Pop Culture in the West?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

Since buying, owning and enjoying foreign records in Russia is no longer a political issue, why hasn't the vast nation, in turn, managed to capture western hearts with their take on pop music?

ABBA Reunion Coming Soon?

Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment

Mamma mia, here they go again. According to singer Agnetha Faltskog, ABBA is considering a reunion in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Swedish pop...

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 Best Song In Europe

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 07.18.2013 | Entertainment

MALMO, Sweden — Denmark's Emmelie de Forest has won this year's Eurovision Song Contest with her ethno-inspired flute and drum tune "Only Teardr...

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 ...

An American at Eurovision

David Thielen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
David Thielen

I am so glad I flew out here to experience Eurovision live. The people, the facilities, the energy -- it's so much more than just the three shows. The people working here are charged up. And the acts from each country are having the time of their life.

With Eurovision 2012 Around The Corner, Azerbaijan Gets Much Unwanted Attention

Jeff Burbank | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Jeff Burbank

As this year's host of Eurovision, Azerbaijan may well impress visitors with its beautiful, entertaining capital city of Baku and friendly, considerate people, but not with how its government treats the people.

Russian Grannies Take On Eurovision

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home

MOSCOW — A Russian group known as the Buranovo Grannies has swept aside glamorous opposition to represent the country at this year's Eurovision ...

Faces of Change, Women Activists on the Front Lines: Leyla Yunus

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Kiri Westby

How would you react if you had five minutes to evacuate your home, all the while knowing the destruction was taking place because you had the audacity to speak the truth?

Will 'Pop Music Diplomacy' Delay War in a Long, Bitter Azerbaijan-Armenia Land Dispute?

Jeff Burbank | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Jeff Burbank

Will the expressed willingness of Azerbaijan to let its arch-enemy Armenia take part in the 2012 competition produce a breakthrough, where international negotiators and military threats have failed?