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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 Without the UK

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
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.

Sweden Wins Eurovision

AP | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment

VIENNA (AP) — Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, finishing ahead of Russia, whose contestant received some boos as the Ukraine...

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.

Press Play for Politics: My Struggle to Compose a Georgian Weapon Against Russia

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

On the first day of 2010, I got a phone call from the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), the official organizers of Eurovision's Georgian chapter. The previous year, I co-wrote the 2009 Icelandic Eurovision entry, "Is It True?," a runner-up that received a silver prize at the finals held in Moscow.

The Eurovision Song Contest Will Be Signed For First Time In History

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment

Cue the signing! In light of Conchita Wurst's barrier-breaking win last year, the Eurovision Song Contest has decided to include sign language inte...

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.

The Gay Culture Every Queer Should Know About

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

What's the entertainment that made you who you are today? That Eagle conversation left me wanting to find more of the formative media that shaped gay men's lives. I've never read any Isherwood, and haven't seen Mame. What else have I been missing?

Sietse Bakker: Eurovision Event Supervisor Tells All

David Thielen | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
David Thielen

Sietse Bakker was kind enough to take some time out of a very hectic day to talk with us here at wiwi. And from this we got some really interesting information. If you want to know what's going on at the EBU, read on.

Conchita Wurst's Got A Sexy New Gig In The City Of Lights

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Johnny Cotton PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Bearded Eurovision queen Conchita Wurst, who found fame in the 2014 version of the singing ...

'Very Liberal' Putin Attacks Drag Queen Eurovision Winner

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

We guess we shouldn't be surprised, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has some choice words about the victory of Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst...

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.

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

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

The Surprise Impact Of Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Triumph

Agence France Presse | Sabrina Guillard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Even before Conchita Wurst's Eurovision triumph helped burnish Austria's tolerant image, Vienna was already popular with gay tourists, attracted by th...

Eurovision Winner Condemned By Russian Orthodox Church

Religion News Service | Sophia Kishkovsky | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW (RNS) A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church strongly denounced the Eurovision Song Contest’s winner, saying it was a sign of the world...

Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Triumph Is 'The End Of Europe,' Russian Official Claims

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Victory for Austria's bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest prompted an outpouring of anti-gay anger from Russian politic...

Austrian Drag Queen Makes History With Eurovision Victory

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Bearded Drag Queen Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2014 | Entertainment

(Adds comments by fan and winner's agent, reflections of Ukraine-Russia crisis, background; in paragarphs 4-5 and 13-17) By Teis Jense...

A Bearded Drag Queen Just Won The Eurovision Song Contest

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 07.10.2014 | Entertainment

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

Welcome To Europe's Insane, Way Better Version Of 'America's Got Talent'

The Huffington Post | Sara Roncero-Menendez | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment

America loves talent competitions: "American Idol," "America's Got Talent," "The Voice," "So You Think You Can Dance?"... the list goes on and on. And...

'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...

The Word From the EBU -- Sietse Bakker Dishes On Everything

David Thielen | Posted 06.19.2014 | Entertainment
David Thielen

Sietse Bakker is the EBU's event supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest, which makes him a rather big deal in Eurovision Nation. Despite his va...