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Belarus was given boot from Eurovision over ‘no dissent’ songs
Decision taken despite the risk of politicising music competition, head of European Broadcasting Union says

Daniel Boffey in Brussels

29, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘I won’t allow myself to be broken’: Russia’s Eurovision candidate Manizha takes on ‘the haters’
The singer’s fight against domestic violence and homophobia and her body-positive posts on Instagram have led to a torrent of abuse – some from very powerful people

Andrew Roth Moscow correspondent

09, Apr, 2021 @11:03 AM

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Oscar-nominated Savan Kotecha: 'I’m the most boring person in the world'
Musical comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga acted as a mid-pandemic balm. It also saved its chief lyricist from a songwriting rut

Michael Cragg

02, Apr, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Eurovision blocks Belarus entry from pro-Lukashenko band
The song, I’ll Teach You by the vocal regime supporters Galasy ZMesta, appears to mock protesters

Theo Merz in Moscow

12, Mar, 2021 @12:31 PM

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UK's 2021 Eurovision entry revealed: Embers by James Newman
Newman, a successful pop songwriter for Rudimental, Calvin Harris and others, returns after missing out on 2020’s cancelled event

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

11, Mar, 2021 @12:31 PM

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Dick Leahy obituary
Music industry executive and publisher with a talent for spotting hits who worked with George Michael, Donna Summer and Dana

Adam Sweeting

03, Sep, 2020 @4:54 PM

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Eurovision signs deal to create US version of song contest
The American Song Contest will launch in late 2021 with rival musicians from all 50 states

Jim Waterson Media editor

07, Aug, 2020 @12:09 PM

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Ja Ja Ding Dong! How schlager found its joyful place in the pop camp
Will Ferrell’s new Eurovision movie dances to the bouncing beat of schlager, Germanic folk-pop reclaimed from the spectre of nationalism by embracing kitsch

Angelica Frey

08, Jul, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Nul points: why Netflix's Eurovision film hits all the wrong notes
Will Ferrell’s spoof can’t get a handle on camp and misses a vital point: Eurovision already does a fine job making fun of itself

Caspar Salmon

03, Jul, 2020 @11:53 AM

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga review – too timid for satire
Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams hit a flat note in Netflix’s brand-approved ‘spoof’ of the much-loved carnival of kitsch

Peter Bradshaw

24, Jun, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Ricky Valance obituary
Sixties pop singer who had a No 1 hit with Tell Laura I Love Her

Spencer Leigh

16, Jun, 2020 @5:25 PM

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Eurovision: Come Together and Europe Shine A Light – as it happened
For the first time ever, the contest was off ... but the show carried on, with four hours of fabulous fun courtesy of the BBC and the EBU

Heidi Stephens

16, May, 2020 @8:58 PM

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