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Israelis Lose It After Eurovision Win

It was the first win for the country since 1998

(Newser) - Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate their country's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Fans flooded Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in front of City Hall, with some euphorically jumping into a public fountain, after Netta Barzilai was announced the winner in Portugal with... More »

Eurovision Crowns a Bearded Drag Queen

Conchita Wurst's win called 'victory for tolerance'

(Newser) - The Eurovision Song Contest crowned a new winner yesterday, and she is making waves: Austrian singer Conchita Wurst—a bearded drag act who is the alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth—performed "Rise Like a Phoenix," won the trophy, and dedicated her victory "to everyone who believes... More »

Euro Song Contest Bars Georgia's Putin Putdown

Tune spoofing Russian PM was set for silly int'l tournament

(Newser) - A veiled Georgian attack on Vladimir Putin has been barred from this year’s Eurovision, a flashy annual international music contest, RussiaToday reports. The disco tune contains the lyrics, “We don’t wanna put in/The negative mood/It’s killing the groove,” with the words “put in” sounding... More »

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