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Eurovision Song Contest

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.

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?

Q&A With Jedward, Ireland's Eurovision 2011 Contestants

Will Adams | Posted 07.11.2011 | Entertainment
Will Adams

The blond-quiffed twins known as 'Jedward' will represent Ireland at Eurovision 2011 with their song "Lipstick." I spoke with them ahead of Eurovision about their hair, their aspirations and why they'll stand out in the competition.

Q&A With Amaury Vassili, France's Eurovision 2011 Contestant

Will Adams | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Will Adams

From the moment French broadcaster France 3 announced that Amaury Vassili would represent France at Eurovision 2011, Eurovision fans and opera lovers have been shouting "Ooo la la!"

Norway's Eurovision 2011 Song: "Haba Haba" by Stella Mwangi (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 07.06.2011 | World
Will Adams

Stella will breeze through to the finals. There, her unique sound should earn her a Top 10 finish, especially if last year is anything to go by.

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.

Portugal's Eurovision 2011 Song: "Luta é Alegria" by Homens da Luta (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Will Adams

With their simple song, Homens Da Luta mobilized tens of thousands of disgruntled Portuguese. Unfortunately for them, mobilizing tens of thousands of Eurovision voters is another matter entirely.

Belarus' Eurovision 2011 Song: "I Love Belarus" by Anastasiya Vinnikova (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
Will Adams

2011-04-21-belagoodpullpic.jpgIf members of the Soviet Politburo ever produced an adult video, it might have looked something like this.

Lithuania's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'Eastern European Funk' by InCulto (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

In "Eastern European Funk," look past the confetti and you'll find a tongue-and-cheek commentary on Western Europeans, and the fashionable belief that Europe stops at the German border.

The World's Greatest Music Contest - and you just missed it

David Thielen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Thielen

If you're in America that is. If you're in Europe you've seen it as the main story for the last week. I'm talking of the Eurovision Song Contest which...

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...

Eurovision 2010 Finals: Videos Of All The Songs

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On Saturday night Oslo will play host to the Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's biggest musical competition, in which countries go to head to head in s...

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."

Turkey's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'We Could Be The Same' by maNga (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

It's hard to identify anything Turkish about Turkey's Eurovision entry--and that's the point. The country isn't full of fanatics like scaremongers in Western Europe would have you think.

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.