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Israel minister not happy with Palestinian flags at Eurovision

Jerusalem - Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev on Sunday criticised the display of Palestinian flags during the Eurovision song contest finals in Tel Aviv, including by one of Madonna's dancers.

Netherlands mulls host city for Eurovision 2020

Den Haag - Several Dutch cities threw their hat in the ring Sunday to host Eurovision 2020 after the Netherlands won this year's glitzy song contest with a stirring power ballad about heartache.

Dutch ballad bookies' favourite for Israel's controversial Eurovision

Apo - Holland, Sweden and Australia are the bookmakers' favourites going into Saturday's Eurovision song contest finals, as last year's winner and current host Israel battles to emerge with the biggest brand boost.

Palestinians plan Eurovision alternative

Ramallah - Israel hosts the Eurovision song contest this week and the thousands of visitors who come with it, but Palestinians are planning an alternative they hope draws attention to the country's occupation.

Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning

Jerusalem - Hackers have succeeded in flashing a fake rocket attack warning during a webcast of a Eurovision song contest semi-final in an incident Israel's public broadcaster blamed on Islamist group Hamas.

Israel rabbis order prayer over Eurovision 'desecration'

Jerusalem - Leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israeli called on Wednesday for prayer in response to the expected desecration of the Jewish holy day of rest by the Eurovision song contest.

Palestinians want Jerusalem cut from Eurovision videos

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority called Saturday for Jerusalem to be cut from videos promoting Eurovision, accusing Israel of "propaganda" ahead of Tel Aviv hosting the song contest.

Israeli Eurovision champ says boycott calls spread 'darkness'

Jerusalem - Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won last year's Eurovision song contest, said Monday that calls to boycott this year's event in Tel Aviv amount to "spreading darkness.

Madonna to perform at Eurovision Song Contest in Israel

Tel Aviv - The "Queen of Pop" Madonna is headed to Israel, where she will be performing two songs at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

Israel delays broadcast of Eurovision spoof after backlash

Jerusalem - Israel's public broadcaster announced Monday it was delaying the airing of a mini-series parodying an attempt by jihadists to sabotage a Eurovision-like contest, after warnings from the European Broadcasting Union.

Darude talks about Eurovision song entry, digital transformation Special

Finnish DJ and electronic star Darude chatted with Digital Journal about "Look Away" winning the vote for the Finnish song entry for Eurovision. He also spoke about the digital transformation of the electronic music scene.

Tel Aviv beats out Jerusalem to host 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

Geneva - Tel Aviv will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time next year, beating out bids by Jerusalem and Eilat, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said Thursday.

Last-minute Eurovision deal secures Israel as 2019 host

Jerusalem - Israel's public broadcaster said Tuesday it had resolved a funding dispute that threatened the country's chance to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, hours ahead of a European deadline.

Turkey to steer clear of 'unsuitable for kids' Eurovision

Ankara - Turkey is to maintain its boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest so long as its content is unsuitable for children, the head of Turkish state broadcasting said Saturday, citing the victory of an Austrian drag queen in 2014.

Israel clucks with pride after Eurovision victory

Jerusalem - Israel revelled in its victory at the Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefly breaking out in a chicken dance in tribute and social media abuzz.

Israeli singer suffered weight taunts on road to Eurovision glory

Jerusalem - "My unique look is a crazy advantage," Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai says of her act, in which she struts and clucks in a multicoloured kimono, hair in magenta-streaked buns.

Israel wins Eurovision with #MeToo inspired song

Lisbon - Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon early Sunday after singer Netta Barzilai beat 25 other contestants with her uptempo song "Toy" whose lyrics were inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Eurovision Song Contest final kicks off in Portugal

Lisbon - Cyprus and Israel were frontrunners as the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual song and dance fest known for its outrageous costumes and glitz, kicked off in Lisbon on Saturday night.

Stage set for Eurovision nailbiter in Portuguese debut

Lisbon - Portugal plays host for the first time Saturday to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the annual music spectacle known for its mix of outrageous costumes, glitz and politics.

Israel's Netta, the voice of #MeToo at Eurovision

Lisbon - With her powerful voice and attention-grabbing clothes, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai has become the voice of the #MeToo movement at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Eurovision up for grabs as Portugal hosts song contest for first time

Lisbon - Portugal plays host for the first time Saturday to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the annual music spectacle known for its mix of outrageous costumes, glitz and politics.

Barred by Kiev, Russian singer gets another shot at Eurovision

Lisbon - Blocked from taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine last year due to a row between Moscow and Kiev, Russian singer Yuliya Samoilova says participating in Lisbon this week will be a "dream come true".

Lisbon in Eurovision tourism boost as locals sing the blues

Lisbon - With Lisbon steeped in kitsch and glam as it prepares to host this year's grand finale of Eurovision, officials are hoping the pop fest will draw even more tourists to the Portuguese capital.

Refugee baby inspires French Eurovision quest

Paris - French pop duo "Madame Monsieur" hope a song inspired by the plight of a refugee baby plucked from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean will strike a chord at next week's Eurovision song contest.

Jubilant Portugal celebrates first Eurovision victory

Lisbon - Jubilant Portugal on Sunday feted the country's first ever Eurovision song contest victor Salvador Sobral, who suffers from a serious heart condition but triumphed with a melancholy ballad, with hundreds turning up to welcome him home.

Portuguese crooner wins Eurovision as conflict mars Kiev's party

Kiev - Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever early Sunday with a melancholy ballad performed by a singer who suffers from a serious heart condition.

Portuguese crooner wins Eurovision as conflict mars Kiev's party

Kiev - Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever early Sunday with a melancholy ballad performed by a singer who suffers from a serious heart condition.

Ukraine's president skips Eurovision after shelling kills four

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday cancelled his planned appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Kiev after a shelling attack in the war-torn east reportedly killed four civilians.

Eurovision hoopla fails to reach Ukraine's war-torn east

Donetsk - The buzz surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev has barely created a ripple in eastern Ukraine after being banned by Russian TV -- the only broadcasters aired in the war-ravaged region.

Portugal puts Eurovision hopes in big-hearted crooner

Lisbon - A few weeks ago, Salvador Sobral, a 27-year-old crooner tipped as a favourite for Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest, was an unknown artist waiting for a heart transplant.
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The Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway, which hosted 18,000 people for the 2010 Eurovision final
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File photo: 2013 Eurovision Song Contest
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Germany’s 19-year-old entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut  wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She sang “S...
Germany’s 19-year-old entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut, wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She sang “Satellite” to a packed audience inside Oslo’s Telenor Arena.
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Dima Bilan (centre), 2008 winner of Eurovision
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Lys Assia, the first-ever Eurovision winner, with 2008 winner Dima Bilan of Russia
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Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs "Rise Like A Phoenix" after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 10, 2014
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Germany’s 19-year-old entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut  wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She sang “S...
Germany’s 19-year-old entrant Lena Meyer-Landrut, wins Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She sang “Satellite” to a packed audience inside Oslo’s Telenor Arena.
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