Eurovision Song Contest

Hatari of Iceland perform the song "Hatrio mun sigra" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 18, 2019 - 6:09 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Latest on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Europe's ultimate pop extravaganza is hosting the Queen of Pop. Madonna was the special guest Saturday at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv where 26 nations...
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Kate Miller-Heidke of Australia, left, performs the song "Zero Gravity" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 18, 2019 - 6:05 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel hosted the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, with Madonna set to showcase Europe's annual music extravaganza that featured a rollicking collection of glitzy performances awash in kitsch, soul and spectacle. Some 200 million people around the...
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Katerine Duska of Greece performs during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 14, 2019 - 6:35 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest came to a close late Tuesday, sending 10 countries' acts to the Grand Final and seven others home. Contestants from Australia, Iceland, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia moved...
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People pose in a cutout taxi cab ahead of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
May 14, 2019 - 7:35 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Pop star Madonna has rejected calls for her to boycott this year's Eurovision song contest in Israel, saying she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda." Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday, ahead of her expected arrival in Tel Aviv for a performance at...
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File - In this Saturday, May 12, 2018 file photo, Netta from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal, during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Thursday said the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the effort. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
May 08, 2019 - 8:20 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian artists are calling on Eurovision song contest contestants to boycott the international music competition that Israel is hosting next week. The Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Artists Association said Wednesday that Israel is using the event to "perpetuate...
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File - In this Saturday, May 12, 2018 file photo, Netta from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal, during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Thursday said the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the effort. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
May 02, 2019 - 2:54 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest. Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs said Thursday the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the...
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February 27, 2019 - 12:41 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine has pulled out of this year's Eurovision song contest following a politics-laden dispute between the singer who won the national competition and the country's national public broadcaster. Anna Korsun, who performs under the stage name Maruv, won the national finals on...
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February 25, 2019 - 2:28 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's public broadcaster on Monday refused to sign a contract with the performer who won the right to represent her country in the Eurovision contest — a move that follows a politically-tinged argument rooted in the nation's tug-of-war with Russia. Controversy erupted immediately...
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February 06, 2019 - 3:46 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli band has dropped out of the Eurovision Song Contest because it would force some of its observant members to perform on the Jewish Sabbath. The Shalva group says Wednesday it's quitting Israel's qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no...
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In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, photo, Israeli Singer Netta Barzilai, who won the 2018 Eurovision song contest, poses for a photo during an interview with the Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel. Barzilai is releasing a new single that reflects the highs and lows in the year since her shock victory shook up her life. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
February 01, 2019 - 3:58 am
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli pop star Netta Barzilai, winner of last year's Eurovision song contest, released a new single Friday which she says reflects the highs and lows in the year since her shock victory shook up her life. Barzilai, 26, spoke to The Associated Press ahead of the release of...
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