Eurovision: Pop, politics and a dancing ape _ but no Russia

  • Eurovision: Pop, politics and a dancing ape _ but no Russia

Eurovision: Pop, politics and a dancing ape _ but no Russia

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final Two takes place in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 11 while the Grand Final will take place on May 13.

"I want to see the United Kingdom win the Eurovision Song Contest", Weller told the BBC.

Though the competition itself explicitly forbids political messaging from the performers, it has not escaped the bruising of a minor political kerfuffle in the leadup: Russia's entrant, Yulia Samoylova, was banned by Ukraine for breaching their laws on unauthorised travel in the Crimea.

There had been a dispute over whether Julia Samoylova would be allowed to attend because she had toured in Crimea in 2015 after it was annexed by Russian Federation.

Traditionally, the competition is hosted by the previous year's winning country.

If you are in Australia, you can view the Eurovision Song Contest on SBS.

Onstage, many Eurovision-watchers expect this year to bring resurgence for western Europe after years of eastern and Nordic dominance. When young viewers of Eurovision think back on contestants from within their lifetime, they might think of music veterans like Engelbert Humperdinck and Bonnie Tyler (of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" fame), or of random singers picked from obscurity like 2016's Joe and Jake, or Molly Smitten-Downes (who competed as "Molly" in 2014).

Russian Federation has been angry since previous year, when Ukrainian singer Jamala won the contest with 1944.

Salvador - who's name literally translates as "Saviour" - has enjoyed a meteoric rise to national popularity and is being hailed as the hero who could restore the country's faith, and interest, in the European song battle. Songs must be performed live, be no longer than three minutes and can be sung in any language.

"Even if there will appear in Kiev an exquisitely handsome Israeli song, it will be a beauty covering up a loathsome ugliness - the ugliness of oppression, dispossession and killing", the campaign said. There is also a jury of professionals in each nation to award points. Only Serbia, Israel, Sweden and a Norway entry with 14 words have won without performing in English. It was also the first time Australians were allowed to vote in Eurovision.

"We are really cementing our place in the competition", Creasey added.

Until the final note is sung on Sunday morning, Australian time, Mr Clark is busy organising worldwide media to talk with Estonian contestants Laura Poldvere and Koit Toome.

Gabbani's performance in the semi-final of the contest garnered attention, mainly beause he was dancing with an ape...

The self-professed "quiet little geek" said his fascination nearly cost him his VCE; he spent study time researching Eurovision history rather than focusing on schoolwork.