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Eurovision Song Contest

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.

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.

Albania's Eurovision 2010 Song: 'It's All About You' By Juliana Pasha (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Adams

Albania's Eurovision contestant, Juliana Pasha, has transformed herself from a rather dowdy looking lounge singer wearing a wig into a disco diva who shakes her hips as freely as she styles her hair.

Russian Gay Rights March Could See Violence

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gay rights activists have warned there could be violence on the streets of the Russian capital Moscow on Saturday as the city stages the Eurovision So...

Moscow Dogcatchers Accused Of Poisoning, Beating Strays Prior To Eurovision Song Contest

The Moscow Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Moscow dogcatchers resorted to poisoning and beating stray dogs to death as they followed orders from City Hall to clean up the streets ahead of the E...

Russian Gay Pride Parade Denied For Eurovision Song Contest

SA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Authorities in Moscow on Thursday renewed their opposition to a public demonstration by gays and lesbians during the upcoming final round of the Eurov...

Gearing Up For Eurovision 2009 (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Jessica Gusman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Eurovision Song Contest has been the premier international song festival for the past 53 years featuring such well-known artists such as ABBA, Jul...

Georgia's Anti-Putin Disco Disqualified From Eurovision Contest

CBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Georgia's entry in the Eurovision song contest, a not-too-sly jab at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has been booted out of the competition bec...

Many In Israel Upset By Musical Show Of Unity

Nytimes.com | By ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Achinoam Nini, a singer and peace activist, has long stirred controversy here. Known abroad by her stage name, Noa, she has recorded with Arab artists...

System of a Down and Eurovision: False Turkish Claim Exposed

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish media regularly reports false stories and makes exaggerated claims. The latest example of misinformation involves System of a Down's supposed appearance on Eurovision.