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Russia wants to start its own version of Eurovision

Needless to say but not everyone in the world is thrilled with a victory of a bearded woman, especially not in Russia. Austria who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the bearded Drag Queen Conchita Wurst and her anthem “Rise like a Phoenix” on Saturday upset several Russian Lawmakers. The socially conservative politicians are eager to break away from …

The Big Five Rule: Helpful or Not?

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. The idea of the Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK) is controversial.  Since 2000, these countries have automatically qualified for the finals because they are the EBU’s biggest contributors.  I don’t know exactly what portion …

Politics, Culture, and Eurovision: A look at Ukraine

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. I’m not an expert, in any sense of the word, on Ukraine.  But I want to discuss Ukraine’s voting patterns and representation in Eurovision in light of the current protests, which highlight the East-West divide of the Ukrainian …

EBU Cheating Prevention – The Internet reacts

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. A couple of days ago the European Broadcasting Union announced that they would tighten measures to ensure voting integrity. I am not going to repeat everything that has been said so feel free to read more HERE as well …

Is Eurovision Culturally and Politically Irrelevant? (No, of course not)

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. Last week I discussed why I thought many Balkan countries were not participating in Eurovision this year.  I recently saw an interview with Srđa Trifković, a Serbian-American writer, about Eurovision on RT.com (you can read excerpts or watch …

ESC 2014: Where are the Balkan countries?

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. One of our editors just wrote an article about the number of participants and I agree that it’s unfortunate we’re only going to have 36 countries this year, regardless of the reasons.  Eurovision, in my opinion, is about …

36 countries? Ouch!!! (That hurts!!)

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. This morning, the EBU announced that 36 will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This number may or may not go up as Slovenia was given a ten day extension to find a …

The Language Rule: How much does English help?

The content of this editorial does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board or its readers. Starting in 1999, the EBU allowed countries to sing in any language, whereas before songs had to be in a country’s native language(s).  Because English is a widely spoken second language, the older rule gave an unfair advantage …

Eurovision Voting: How Do Televoters Decide?

Since Eurovision is a competition, it’s safe to assume the point is to win.  Accordingly, it’s important to consider what makes a winning song and that, of course, depends on the televote and jury vote.  So my question is: what motivates peoples’ votes?  There’s so much talk about Eurovision being biased and political but there doesn’t seem to be much …

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