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Is it time for Eurovision Song Contest’s Waterloo?

We’ve enjoyed over 60 years of unusual competitors, eccentric interval acts and the all important jury votes. In a world full of conflict, is the song contest still necessary? 

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Maneskin, the rock band winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Maneskin, the rock band winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

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Ukraine representatives and members of Kalush Orchestra

Ukraine representatives and members of Kalush Orchestra

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Jedward at Eurovision

Jedward at Eurovision

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Maneskin, the rock band winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

When the plug was pulled on the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, the executive supervisor at the time, Jon Ola Sand, vowed it would come back stronger the following year.

And he was right. The kitschiest of competitions returned in 2021 with a worldwide ratings juggernaut of 183 million viewers — one million up on the figures for 2019.


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