Eurovision Song Contest

In this Saturday, May 16, 2020 image provided by EBU/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS, artists are shown on screens during the Eurovision's Europe Shine A Light remote television show, in Hilversum, Netherlands. This was no Eurovision Song Contest. Forced by the coronavirus crisis to retreat into a Dutch television studio, Europe's annual musical spectacular that pits countries against one another instead sought to unite them under the shadow of the global pandemic. (EBU/NPO/NOS/AVROTROS/Kris Pouw via AP)
May 17, 2020 - 1:40 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — This was no contest. Shut down by the coronavirus crisis, Europe’s annual musical spectacular that pits countries against one another instead sought to unite them Saturday. The Eurovision Song Contest whose final was scheduled for Saturday night was canceled amid...
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FILE - In this April 6, 1974 file photo, members of Swedish group ABBA and close associates celebrate the victory of their song "Waterloo" in the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England. The Eurovision Song Contest has always been a sign of its times. Despite the cancellation of the wildly popular contest in Europe and beyond, the evening the finale on Saturday, May 16, 2020 will bring some respite for diehards, with a remote television show beamed to over 40 nations. (AP Photo,File)
May 15, 2020 - 6:34 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Over its many years, the Eurovision Song Contest has come to be a sign of the times. So it is perhaps fitting that, in coronavirus times, nothing will be happening on Saturday at the scheduled venue of the Ahoy Hall in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. In 1974, it was ABBA that...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 17, 2019 file photo, Michael Rice of Great Britain performs the song "Bigger Than Us" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel. Britain's Eurovision song "Bigger Than Us" is an even bigger flop than previously thought after its last-placed entry was stripped of five points to correct a math error on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, file)
May 23, 2019 - 12:04 pm
PARIS (AP) — Britain's Eurovision song "Bigger Than Us" is an even bigger flop than previously thought after its last-place entry was stripped of five points to correct a math error. The song performed by Michael Rice in Israel and watched by millions on Saturday had received just 16 points. But...
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Hatari of Iceland perform the song "Hatrio mun sigra" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 18, 2019 - 4:15 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Latest on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest (all times local): 12:05 a.m. The 26 contestants in the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest have finished their acts. Now the voting gets underway. To maximize onscreen tension, performers are picked...
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Katerine Duska of Greece performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 14, 2019 - 5:35 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest came to a close late Tuesday, sending 10 countries' acts to the Grand Final and seven others home. Contestants from Australia, Iceland, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia moved...
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People pose in a cutout taxi cab ahead of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
May 14, 2019 - 6:35 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Pop star Madonna has rejected calls for her to boycott this year's Eurovision song contest in Israel, saying she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda." Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday, ahead of her expected arrival in Tel Aviv for a performance at...
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File - In this Saturday, May 12, 2018 file photo, Netta from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal, during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Thursday said the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the effort. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
May 02, 2019 - 1:54 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest. Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs said Thursday the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the...
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February 27, 2019 - 11:41 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine has pulled out of this year's Eurovision song contest following a politics-laden dispute between the singer who won the national competition and the country's national public broadcaster. Anna Korsun, who performs under the stage name Maruv, won the national finals on...
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February 25, 2019 - 1:28 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's public broadcaster on Monday refused to sign a contract with the performer who won the right to represent her country in the Eurovision contest — a move that follows a politically-tinged argument rooted in the nation's tug-of-war with Russia. Controversy erupted immediately...
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February 06, 2019 - 2:46 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli band has dropped out of the Eurovision Song Contest because it would force some of its observant members to perform on the Jewish Sabbath. The Shalva group says Wednesday it's quitting Israel's qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no...
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