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May 26, 2012

EUROVISION Song Contest, Baku, News, May 26, 2012


Eurovision set for battle of the oldies
Boston.com
BAKU, Azerbaijan—Usually a jamboree of youthful exuberance -- and questionable taste -- this year's Eurovision Song Contest features a pair of elderly acts among its top contenders. Engelbert Humperdinck, 76, takes the stage Saturday night for the...
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Boston.com
Azerbaijan set to host Eurovision final amid controversy
CNN
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- Performers from 26 countries are preparing Saturday to take part in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a talent show that has seen this year's host, Azerbaijan, mired in controversy. The annual event attracts an ...
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This is pop? A look at wacky Eurovision contenders
CBS News
Those are secrets to success in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a televised pan-European extravaganza viewed by some 125 million people worldwide that is now entering its 57th year. The winner is picked by juries and television viewers across the...
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CBS News
Can Eurovision save Europe?
GlobalPost
Malta's Kurt Calleja performs during a dress rehearsal for the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision 2012 song contest in the Azerbaijan's capital Baku, on May 23, 2012. (VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images) As Greece pushes the euro zone towards a ...
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Eurovision 2012: Tension mounts as final draws near
Telegraph.co.uk
With only a few hours to go until the Eurovision Song Contest final, the tension is mounting in host nation Azerbaijan. By Andrew Connelly, Baku The morning sun slowly rose over the Caspian, reflecting off the glittering skyscrapers of Baku as ...
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Telegraph.co.uk
Song Contest Puts Azerbaijan on Stage, Awkwardly
Wall Street Journal
By JOE PARKINSON Can Bonomo, Turkey's entry in theEurovision song contest, rehearsing in Baku, Azerbaijan, a day ahead of Saturday's finals. BAKU, Azerbaijan—Famed for outrageous spectacle and gaudy kitsch, the annual Eurovisionsong contest ...
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Wall Street Journal
Police in Azerbaijan Arrest Protesters at Eurovision Rally
New York Times
BAKU, Azerbaijan — About 50 antigovernment demonstrators were arrested Friday evening in Baku after staging a flash rally in the city center, as opponents of President Ilham Aliyev sought to use the Eurovision Song Contest being held here to draw ...
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Azerbaijan hosts Eurovision under shadow of arrests
Outcome Magazine
05/26/2012 Azerbaijan on Saturday prepared to host a spectacular show for the Eurovision Song Contest final that will pit pensioners against young stars, but the party has been marred by the detention of dozens of activists.Eurovision is the biggest ...
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Eurovision live blog: Follow Engelbert Humperdinck and Jedward's fortunes in ...
Mirror.co.uk
Let's FEEL THE ENERGY and show to all the power of YOU!!! ;))))))))" Engelbert Humperdinck carries UK hopes of a first Eurovision Song Contest win since 1997 when he sings in Baku tonight. Jedward are old hands at thisEurovision business after coming ...
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Europe's version of American Idol a joke
CNN
By Timothy Stanley, Special to CNN Greece's Eleftheria Eleftheriou at dress rehearsal of the Grand Final of the Eurovision 2012 song contest in Azerbaijan on Friday. Editor's note: Timothy Stanley is a historian at Oxford University and blogs for ...
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Arrests mar Eurovision contest in Baku
Ninemsn
By Anna Malpas Azerbaijan on Saturday prepared a spectacular show for a thrilling Eurovision Song Contest final that pits pensioners against young stars, but the party was marred by the detention of dozens of activists.Eurovision is the biggest event ...
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Eurovision 2012: Hanging with the Hump
BBC News
On Saturday more than 100 million people are expected to tune into the Eurovision Song Contest. Among them will be many in the East Midlands where UK entrant Englebert Humperdinck - or "The Hump" - spent his formative years and where he still returns.
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BBC News
Azerbaijan hosts Eurovision final
Jakarta Globe
by Anna Malpas | May 26, 2012 Azerbaijan prepared Saturday a spectacular show for a Eurovision Song Contest final pitting pensioners against young stars which it hopes will dispel concerns over the country's poor rights record.
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Jakarta Globe
Eurovision: Singing in Baku for prizes and freedom
BBC News
By Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Azerbaijan Twenty-six countries will be competing at the Eurovision Song Contest in the Azeri capital Baku on Saturday, but away from the performances, a battle for free speech and democracy is taking place on the capital's ...
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BBC News
Protests Haunt Baku Eurovision Final
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Plainclothes Azerbaijani police officers on May 23 detain the opposition activists who tried to hold a rally near the public television station that is showing the Eurovision broadcasts in Baku. By RFE/RL Azerbaijan hosts the 2012Eurovision song ...
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RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Eurovision Song Contest: Elvis inspires Humperdinck
BBC News
Engelbert Humperdinck is set to take to the stage for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. The veteran crooner, 76, will perform his ballad Love Will Set You Free carrying a necklace, a gift from Elvis Presley, to bring him luck.
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BBC News
Eurovision Song Contest Continues Amid Controversial Protests
Hollywood Reporter
BAKU, Azerbaijan – The world's most popular music competition, theEurovision Song Contest, will take place amid controversial protests and arrests that threaten to overshadow the event that the host country had hoped would serve as a coming out party ...
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Eurovision? We've laughed, we've cried...
Telegraph.co.uk
The presenter whose sardonic commentaries were a defining feature of the Eurovision Song Contest for decades offers his favourite memories of the festival. By Terry Wogan In all the long, and some would say weary, years that I've infested the ...
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Telegraph.co.uk
Humperdinck Prepares For Eurovision
Sky News
More than 100 million people are expected to tune into tonight'sEurovision Song Contest, as veteran performer Engelbert Humperdinck carries UK hopes. The 76-year-old crooner will sing the ballad Love Will Set You Free when he is expected to open the ...
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Sky News
Eurovision fever casts spolight on Azerbaijan
Aljazeera.com
Azerbaijan has made last-minute preparations for a spectacular Eurovisionsong contest final which pits pensioners against young stars and which it hopes will dispel concerns over the country's poor rights record. Saturday'sEurovision extravaganza is ...
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Protestors arrested in Azerbaijan ahead of Eurovision Song Contest
NME.com
There have been mass arrests of protestors in Azerbaijan ahead of this evening's Eurovision Song Contest, according to reports. Over 70 people were taken into custody by police in Baku, says the Telegraph, after they staged a demonstration outside the ...
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NME.com
Glitzy Baku seeks to sparkle at Eurovision
Hindustan Times
Lit up with flashing lights, Crystal Hall, the site of the Eurovision2012 song contest, rises in the Azerbaijani capital Baku, on May 22, 2012. Photo / Vano Shlamov Eurovision is everywhere in Baku, the easternmost city to host the annual song contest ...
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Hindustan Times
Engelbert hoping Elvis charm will bring Eurovision luck
Telegraph.co.uk
Engelbert Humperdinck will be calling on the spirit of the King of rock and roll to bring him the first Eurovision song contest victory for the UK in 15 years. By Patrick Sawer Tucked into the British singer's pocket when he perform's this country's ...
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Telegraph.co.uk
Engelbert Humperdinck set to kick off Eurovision
BBC News
Britain's Engelbert Humperdinck is to go head to head with six Russian grannies as 26 countries compete in the final of theEurovision Song Contest. The 76-year-old will be the first to perform in Azerbaijan's Crystal Hall, with his ballad Love Will ...
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BBC News
Azerbaijan hosts Eurovision clash of generations
Bangkok Post
Azerbaijan on Saturday hosts the Eurovision song contest, the biggest event the ex-Soviet state has ever held, which has been marred by the arrest of opposition protesters. People applaud during the second semi-final of theEurovision song contest in ...
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Azerbaijan Hands Out Eurovision Tickets to “Reliable” Fans ...
By eowen
Like any exacting stage manager, the Azerbaijani government has labored hard to adjust the lights and perk up the props for Baku's international debut as the host of Eurovision 2012. But the painstaking preparations did not just involve the ...
EurasiaNet.org
Azerbaijan: Peaceful Protest Crushed Ahead of Eurovision Final ...
By Human Rights Watch
(Baku)-- The Azerbaijani authorities detained over 70 peaceful protesters gathered on a seaside promenade in the capital, Baku, Human Rights Watch said today.
Joe. My. God.: EUROVISION: Iran Accuses Azerbaijan Of Hosting A ...
By Joe
The Eurovision finals are taking place this weekend and as many of Europe's media outlets poured into Baku, neighboring Iran took to its state-controlled press to accuse host nation Azerbaijan of allowing a "gay parade." On Wednesday, Iran ...
Joe. My. God.
Eurovision Song Contest Promotes the Wacky and the Exotic ...
By Peter Leonard, Associated Press
A memorable melody. Distinctive stage presence. Some horse-trading of votes. Those are secrets to success in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a televised pan-European...
DOPNEWS: Billboard
Eurovision 2012 Baku Final: Predictions Contest (Win a Shirt!) and ...
By Ben Rothenberg
And to wrap up our week of celebrating Eurovision WTFs, we thought it would be fitting to reward you all with a chance to win some BSH swag that was borne out of a Eurovision WTF. Namely our Latvian Wolf shirt, in the size of your choice, ...
Broad Street Hockey
Eurovision Odds 2012: Party For Everybody? Well The Russians At ...
By Renee Pozzi (Cyprus)
Eurovision fans: the wait is nearly over. Tonight we will know which country and who has succeeded Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan. The betting market since the Semi Finals has a slightly clearer picture with many fancied countries drifting in ...
ESCDaily.com || The latest Eurovision...
Eurovision ... - Cllr Fraser Macpherson
By Cllr Fraser Macpherson
Gigliola Cinquetti's 1974 entry for Italy - "Si" - was one of the best Eurovisionentries of the 1970s but faced something of an uphill struggle in that she was up against Abba and "Waterloo". Gigliola Cinquetti came a creditable second to Abba ...
Cllr Fraser Macpherson - LibDem...
Happy Eurovision Day! | #esc / esc-chat.com
By FelixK
If we put all the highest holidays and birthdays together, we still don't reach the importance that Eurovision Day has, do we? And now, the biggest day of the year has arrived once again. In about 12 hours, we will know where to book our flights ...
#esc / esc-chat.com
HAPPY LOVES ROSIE: Good Luck, Good Luck in the Eurovision 2012
By noreply@blogger.com (Happy Harris)
Yay! its the Eurovision song contest tonight...and we will be off to choose our nibbles for the contest soon at the local supermarket...Oh yes we are having a party!...all afternoon we have been watching Youtube on the tele...playing loud our ...
HAPPY LOVES ROSIE
I Attempted To Explain Eurovision To American Friends… | Token ...
By Kylie Sturgess
How To Write The Perfectly Average Eurovision Song”. I've witnessed the spectacle a number of years, find it quite enjoyable, and admire some of the songs and flamboyance. However there is this amazing middle-ground of songs between ...
Token Skeptic
Dates announced for 2013 Contest | News | Eurovision Song ...
At the EBU Press Conference held this afternoon in Baku, the provisional dates were announced for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The Final of the 58th ...
www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=dates_announced_for...
Eurovision 2012: Tension mounts as final draws near - Telegraph
With only a few hours to go until the Eurovision Song Contest final, the tension is ... Singer Loreen will represent Sweden in the Eurovision 2012 in Baku ...
www.telegraph.co.uk/.../Eurovision-2012-Tension-mounts-as-...
Explainer: What is Eurovision? - CNN.com
It's not just any old talent show, it's an institution -- an annual event that attracts an estimated global audience of 125 million. Here's how it works.
www.cnn.com/2012/05/23/showbiz/eurovision.../index.html
BBC News - Engelbert Humperdinck set to kick off Eurovision
The UK's Engelbert Humperdinck is to go head to head with six Russian grannies as 26 countries compete in the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in ...
www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18203723
Buranovskiye Babushki - Party ...
Powered by: http://www.eurovision.tv. Russia: Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody - Live - 2012 Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 1.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4qmsmzoRBE
At 'Eurovision 2012,' Politics Take The Stage : NPR
An estimated 125 million people are expected to tune in to Saturday night's final contest in Eurovision 2012. This year's song contest has provoked controversy ...
www.npr.org/2012/.../at-eurovision-2012-politics-take-the-sta...
Eurovision Takes Baku - Slide Show - NYTimes.com
The glamour of Eurovision overshadows the human rights issues that mar Azerbaijan.
www.nytimes.com/slideshow/.../20120524EUROVISION.html
Eurovision 2012 | Watch Eurovision Videos | Jedward | Mediaite
The world's most prestigious song contest will be happening live from Azerbaijan all day Saturday, and while every little country on the continent's map will ...
www.mediaite.com/tv/the-yankee-guide-to-eurovision-2012/
Azerbaijan: Eurovision No Party for Peaceful Protesters | Human ...
(Baku) – The Azerbaijani authorities roughed up and arbitrarily detained at least 30 and possibly more than 70 peaceful protesters today as dozens of local and ...
www.hrw.org/.../azerbaijan-eurovision-no-party-peaceful-prot...
A Profile of Azerbaijan Eurovision Song Contest Candidate Sabina ...
Azerbaijan's Eurovision hopeful believes the world's largest non-sports TV event is an opportunity to "open our hearts to Europe." But Sabina Babayeva seems ...
www.spiegel.de/.../a-profile-of-azerbaijan-eurovision-song-co...
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