About: Eurovision Song Contest

Languages & Culture 17-06-2022

Eurovision 2023 cannot go ahead in Ukraine due to war

The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest cannot be held in Ukraine given the ongoing war in the country, the European Broadcasting Union said Friday (17 June), adding it was in talks with the BBC to host it in the United Kingdom.
Technology 20-05-2022

Tech Brief: Russia looms large at TTC, Microsoft loosens up, net neutrality

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Tech Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU.
Politics 15-05-2022

Ukraine hopes to host 2023 Eurovision in ‘free’ Mariupol, amid technical challenges

After winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) on Saturday (14 May), Ukraine is expected to host the gala event next year, highlighting another symbol of its renewed European integration. However, with the war still raging in its territory, the prospect of holding the 2023 edition in Ukraine remains daunting.
Languages & Culture 15-05-2022

Folk rappers from Ukraine win Eurovision in musical morale boost

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest Sunday (15 May) with an infectious hip-hop folk melody, as the embattled nation rides a wave of public support across Europe.
Politics 14-05-2022

From Eurovision to the European Parliament: 3 contestants who made the big leap

Nana, Iva, and Dana: three singers whose voices have resonated from the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) to the plenary of the European Parliament.
Politics 14-05-2022

Politics cannot be avoided but impact on contest limited, says Eurovision organiser

It is naive to think cultural institutions can be wholly separated from what is happening in the world and the invasion of Ukraine was so extraordinary that it required an exceptional reaction, the head of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)...
Europe's East 13-05-2022

Why Eurovision is a big deal for Ukrainians – and not only this year

For Ukrainians, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) has always been deeply connected with political issues and claims. This year, the political contextualization became even sharper after the Russian invasion of the country.
Brexit 13-05-2022

United Kingdom hopes for a return to Eurovision glory, reverse of Brexit bias

A quarter of a century has passed since the UK last won the Eurovision Song Contest, leading to years of speculation on whether political events such as Brexit crushed their chances of winning, but this year the tables may well turn.
Politics 12-05-2022

EURACTIV Archives: Five times Eurovision went political

Despite claims of being apolitical, year after year the Eurovision song contest never fails to disappoint political aficionados. As part of this year’s dedicated coverage, EURACTIV presents its selection from its archives of instances that highlight the special place this...
Politics 12-05-2022

Commissioner Dalli: Eurovision ‘undisputed element’ of European shared cultural identity

Artistic events bring people together, overcoming divisions and barriers, and as such, the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is an "undisputed element" of the European shared cultural identity, which could this year help renew the call for peace on the continent, according to Maltese EU Commissioner Helena Dalli.
Europe's East 11-05-2022

Ukraine riding high in Eurovision song contest

The Ukrainian ‘Kalush Orchestra’ was voted through on Tuesday (10 May) to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy, confirming that they occupy the pole position in Sunday's final.
Politics 25-05-2021

Italian Eurovision winner returns negative test after drug furore

Damiano David, the flamboyant singer for Italy's Eurovision-winning rockers Maneskin, tested negative for drugs, the contest organisers said Monday (25 May), following a furore over speculation he snorted cocaine at the final.
Politics 21-05-2021

Tweets of the Week: Hungarian Block, Eurovision, Commission Press Plans

Hungary statement veto is met with derision, get out the glitter it’s time for Eurovision, and Commission and press corps on course for collision. 
Freedom of thought 28-11-2019

Hungarian media deny claims that Eurovision 2020 is ‘too gay’

Hungary will not take part in Eurovision 2020, the annual song contest that will take place in Rotterdam next year. Reports have emerged that the reason was the high number of LGBTQ+ participants, which goes going against the conservative views of Viktor Orbán's government.
Brexit 27-08-2019

Farage offers electoral pact if Johnson pursues ‘no deal’ Brexit

Nigel Farage has mooted the prospect of an election pact with Boris Johnson’s Conservative party, but only if the Prime Minister "summoned the courage" to pursue a no deal.
Politics 11-05-2018

Tweets of the Week: Trump Iran tears, Europe Day cheers, and Eurovision jeers

Worry over Trump’s Iran decision, Europe Day prompts love for the EU mission, and people go nuts over this year’s Eurovision.
Global Europe 11-05-2017

Eurovision shines spotlight on LGBT struggle in Ukraine

Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final in Kyiv, an extravaganza embraced by the LGBT community, Ukraine's "Celebrate Diversity" motto sounds more like wishful thinking than a fact of life.
Europe's East 23-03-2017

Ukraine-Russia conflict engulfs Eurovision song contest

The host of this year's Eurovision song contest, Ukraine, has banned Russia's entry from the country after it emerged that she performed in Crimea back in 2015.
Languages & Culture 11-05-2016

Duel between Russia and Ukraine marks 60 years of Eurovision

Will it be a fierce musical duel between geopolitical foes Russia and Ukraine? Or is it at last France's turn to melt hearts ― albeit singing in English ― at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on Saturday (14 May)?
Europe's East 02-06-2015

Politics has always been at the heart of Eurovision

Eurovision is about spreading Europe’s values of tolerance and cooperation beyond its borders, write Quincy R. Cloet and Kerry Longhurst.  
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Economy & Jobs 08-10-2014

Conchita Wurst sings for equality in the European Parliament

Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performed in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to fight discrimination and support equal rights across the EU.
Languages & Culture 21-05-2013

Germany’s Eurovision debacle ‘obviously political’, commentators say

Germans lamented their unexpectedly poor showing at the Eurovision Song Contest, blaming Chancellor Angela Merkel's tough stance in the eurozone crisis for their failure to win any points from 34 of the 39 countries voting.
Languages & Culture 08-03-2012

Armenia pulls out of Eurovision contest in Azerbaijan

In a sign of growing tensions over the frozen conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia announced it would pull out of the 2012 Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan. The show, seen by some as a triumph of musical kitsch, was popular in Western Europe in the 1970s and '80s, and is now a big hype in Eastern Europe.
Languages & Culture 17-05-2011

Eurovision: English takes it all

An Azeri group performing in English won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest held in Düsseldorf last weekend with their song 'Running Scared'. Of this year's 25 finalists, 22 chose to perform in English.