Europe's simmering tensions have always threatened to boil over at Eurovision and upset the contest's very raison d'être: to unite the continent.
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Ukraine has confirmed that it will not take part in this year's Eurovision Song Contest after dropping its nominee over contractual disagreements.
Maruv was selected by a public vote on Saturday to sing at the contest in Israel in May but she refused contractual obligations requiring her not to perform in Russia.
The 2017 eurovison winner is back after a heart transplant and a gruelling brush with fame, doing what he loves - making music.
Israel's winner in the Eurovision song contest, Netta Barzilai, landed in Tel Aviv early on Monday (May 14), where she danced to a crowd of applauding fans and journalists, still on the runway.
Netta Barzilai is sassy, she's fun and she can sing — and now the Israeli has won the Eurovision Song Contest with a catchy techno dance tune about women's empowerment.
Eurovision fans are gathering in Portugal ahead of the annual song contest. With the semi finals out of the way, 43 countries will take part in Saturday's event at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.
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Organisers in Lisbon won't be putting on light-shows or videowalls for acts taking part in the annual songfest on May 12. Performers can, however, provide their own effects
This is the second time Jessica Mauboy performs at Eurovision, except this time she's representing Australia.