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    Eurovision 2018 opening ceremony starts in Lisbon (Video)
    The 43 participating delegations have taken to the Blue Carpet at the MAAT museum complex in Lisbon.
    UNIAN 23:30, 06 May 2018

    The official opening ceremony for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Portugal's capital city of Lisbon Sunday, May 6.

    The 43 participating delegations have taken to the Blue Carpet at the MAAT museum complex in Lisbon. The theme for this year is based on the Ocean. So, the organizers decided to replace the usual red carpet with a spectacular blue one.

    All delegations will be met by the four hosts of the event.

    As UNIAN reported earlier, Melovin would be representing Ukraine at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry "Under the Ladder."

    Semifinals will be aired May 8 and May 10.

    The grand final will take place May 12. UNIAN:

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    • #32
      Warble games
      Neighbourly voting in the Eurovision Song Contest
      The continent’s annual singing tournament is becoming increasingly partisan
      THE ECONOMIST May 12th 2018

      EUROPE is breaking up. Where once the continent was connected by a web of tight relationships, it is now fragmenting into peripheral alliances. The core countries are becoming more isolated; collusion among voting blocs is on the rise.

      These are the conclusions of a paper, published last year by three researchers at the University of Central Florida, about the Eurovision Song Contest, the 63rd of which began in Lisbon on May 8th. The competition is as notorious for its politics as its cheesy ballads. Last year Russia withdrew after the host, Ukraine, denied entry to its contestant, who had performed in Crimea after Russia had invaded and annexed the region in 2014. Ukraine had previously won the competition with a cheery song about Joseph Stalin’s deportation of Crimean Tatars during the 1940s. In 2015 Armenia’s lyrics marked 100 years since the massacre of 1.5m people, which its neighbours Turkey and Azerbaijan refuse to recognise as genocide. Turkey has boycotted the event since 2013, in protest against the automatic qualification to the final round enjoyed by the “Big Five”: Germany, Britain, France, Spain and Italy.

      Yet the data show that neighbourly tensions tend to be outweighed by collusive voting, defined as a consistently greater exchange of points between two countries than would be expected by random allocation. The fraternising has increased sharply since 1997, when votes by the general public were introduced to supplement those cast by juries of so-called experts. The trend has been most marked among adjacent countries at the continent’s edges. In the past 20 years the Nordic bloc has won seven times; former Soviet states, six times. The “Big Five”, meanwhile, have rarely co-operated and often been shunned by everybody else. Their contestants have won only once (Lena, a German singer, triumphed in 2010 with “Satellite”). They have finished last in the final nine times, with nul points in 2003 and 2015.

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      • #33
        KAZKA to compete for right to represent Ukraine at Eurovision song contest
        The KAZKA earlier released its megahit "Cry" in English.
        UNIAN: 16:15, 03 January 2019
        KAZKA band / Screenshot

        Ukraine's KAZKA band has confirmed its participation in the current national selection round for the Eurovision song contest in 2019.

        "Officially! The KAZKA band has applied for participation in the national selection," Eurovision National Selection (Ukraine) at said on Instagram.

        This year, the contest will be hosted by Israel. The KAZKA earlier released its megahit "Cry" in English. KAZKA is a Ukrainian musical trio from Kyiv. The band was formed in 2017 by lead vocalist Oleksandra Zaritska along with members Mykyta Budash and Dmytro Mazuriak. They put out one self-released album, KARMA, on April 27, 2018.


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