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Eurovision Is a Threat to the Traditional Family: Erdogan

Turkey's president slams competition for, he claims, encouraging 'gender neutralization'

(Newser) - Turkey's president took a swipe at the Eurovision Song Contest on Monday, accusing the annual event of allegedly encouraging "gender neutralization" and threatening the traditional family, the AP reports. It was an apparent reference to Swiss singer Nemo who won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest earlier this month...

Here Is This Year's Eurovision Song Winner

Here Is This
Year's Eurovision
Song Winner

Here Is This Year's Eurovision Song Winner

Nemo of Switzerland is the competition's first nonbinary winner

(Newser) - Swiss singer Nemo won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday with "The Code," an operatic pop-rap ode to the singer's journey toward embracing a nongender identity, per the AP . Switzerland's contestant beat Croatian rocker Baby Lasagna to the title by winning the most points from...

Eurovision Contestant Booted Right Before Finale

Joost Klein of the Netherlands was removed over a backstage incident now being investigation

(Newser) - A Dutch public broadcaster reacted angrily after the Netherlands' contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest was dramatically expelled from the competition hours before Saturday's final over a backstage incident that's being investigated by police. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes Eurovision, said Swedish police were investigating "a...

Israel Does a 180, Will Change Eurovision Song Lyrics

Leading submission to international contest appeared to reference Hamas attack

(Newser) - Contestants in the Eurovision Song Contest can be disqualified if their songs are not politically neutral—and because of that rule, Israel will see to it that the lyrics to its top submission possibility are amended. The leading song, "October Rain" by Eden Golan, seems to reference Hamas' October...

Russia Puts Ukrainian 2016 Eurovision Winner on 'Wanted' List

Moscow charges Jamala with violating law against spreading fake information about war in Ukraine

(Newser) - Russia has placed a Ukrainian singer who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on its "wanted" list, state news agencies reported Monday. The reports said an Interior Ministry database listed singer Susana Jamaladinova as being sought for violating a criminal law, reports the AP . The independent news site Mediazona,...

See This Year's Eurovision Song Winner

See This Year's

See This Year's Eurovision Song Winner

Swedish singer Loreen wins annual competition with 'Tattoo'

(Newser) - Swedish singer Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night with her power ballad “Tattoo” at a colorful, eclectic music competition clouded for a second year running by the war in Ukraine. The diva from Stockholm beat acts from 25 other countries to take the continent’s pop...

Amid Air Raids, Ukrainian Group Preps for Eurovision

Tvorchi, featuring Andrii Hutsuliak and Jeffrey Kenny, will perform 'Heart of Steel' Saturday in UK

(Newser) - Last year, Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra took home the grand prize at Eurovision for "Stefania," just a few months after the Russian invasion that has upended life there since. Per NPR , there's now a "special spotlight" on Ukraine for its entry this year into the international...

A Ukrainian Anthem Wins Eurovision Contest
Ukrainian Band Wins
Eurovision Song Contest

Ukrainian Band Wins Eurovision Song Contest

'Stefania' by Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra triumphs in the annual international competition

(Newser) - Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest, a clear show of popular support for the group's war-ravaged nation that went beyond music, per the AP . The band and its song “Stefania” beat 24 other performers early Sunday in the finals of the competition. The public vote...

After Eurovision Victory Comes a Drug Test

Rumors spread that lead singer snorted cocaine onstage

(Newser) - The Italian glam rock band that won the Eurovision Song Contest returned home Sunday to the adulation of fans, congratulations from the government, and so much speculation that the lead singer had snorted cocaine during the show that he vowed to take a drug test. "We want to shut...

Israelis Lose It After Eurovision Win

It was the first win for the country since 1998

(Newser) - Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate their country's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Fans flooded Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in front of City Hall, with some euphorically jumping into a public fountain, after Netta Barzilai was announced the winner in Portugal with...

Eurovision Crowns a Bearded Drag Queen

Conchita Wurst's win called 'victory for tolerance'

(Newser) - The Eurovision Song Contest crowned a new winner yesterday, and she is making waves: Austrian singer Conchita Wurst—a bearded drag act who is the alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth—performed "Rise Like a Phoenix," won the trophy, and dedicated her victory "to everyone who believes...

Euro Song Contest Bars Georgia's Putin Putdown

Tune spoofing Russian PM was set for silly int'l tournament

(Newser) - A veiled Georgian attack on Vladimir Putin has been barred from this year’s Eurovision, a flashy annual international music contest, RussiaToday reports. The disco tune contains the lyrics, “We don’t wanna put in/The negative mood/It’s killing the groove,” with the words “put in” sounding...

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