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Eurovision Song Contest

Bulgaria's Eurovision Entry - If Love Was a Crime by Poli Genova

David Thielen | Posted 04.27.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Bulgaria is sending their best entry ever to Eurovision. This entry should easily finish in the top 3. And it could win. Ethnic but not off-putting, ...

Eurovision Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony to Take Place at City Hall and EuroCLub

David Thielen | Posted 04.26.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Mark your calendars, put in your dry cleaning, and get ready to look glam! Sweden's SVT has revealed that the official Opening Ceremony for Eurovision...

EBU Drop Romania from Eurovision Due to Past Due Bills

David Thielen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

In a statement today, the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that it has withdrawn member services from Romanian public service broadcaster Televiz...

Sietse Bakker: Eurovision Brings Europe Together

David Thielen | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Sietse Bakker is the event supervisor of Eurovision for the EBU. He also does about 83 other things for the EBU on Eurovision. He's the key person for...

Ukraine Pokes a Finger in Russia's Eye With Their Eurovision Entry

David Thielen | Posted 03.22.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Last year Ukraine skipped Eurovision because of their conflict with Russia. This year they are back with a vengeance not only entering an incredible song, but also a powerful political statement about Russia's deportation of the Tatars from Crimea.

America competing in Eurovision?

David Thielen | Posted 03.14.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

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...

Who's Your Favorite Eurovision Act (so far)?

David Thielen | Posted 03.09.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

We're past 50% with 23 of the acts coming to Eurovision announced. And this year is lining up to be even more extraordinary than last year. Some of the acts look incredible, and this is before they spend the next 3 months improving their presentation.

You'll Never Believe Where These Artists Got Their Start

David Thielen | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Every artist toils in obscurity until they catch their big break. Abba, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias all broke out and started their ride to super-star...

The World's Most Popular Song Contest -- And You've Never Heard About It

David Thielen | Posted 02.18.2016 | Entertainment
David Thielen

It's the second most watched TV program in the world. Bigger than the Super Bowl. Second only to the World Cup final. A show that in some countries capturies 90 percent of the TV viewing audience.

Should Politics Have a Voice in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.01.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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 05.26.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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 05.18.2016 | 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 05.17.2016 | 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.

What Frightens the Russian Hetero Male

Jason Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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

Agence France Presse | Soren Billing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 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 ...