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Which Big 5 & host rehearsal impressed #YOU the most?

[AdSense-B] Yesterday afternoon, we saw the Big 5 (France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany) and our host nation Israel rehearse on the Tel Aviv stage for the first time, marking the occasion of seeing all 41 countries perform on the Eurovision stage! Since this is all new and exciting, we wanted to know which performances #YOU were impressed by …

Turkey will not return to Eurovision in 2016

After some back and forth over the past few months, the Turkish broadcaster has announced that Turkey will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm. A screenshot has been floating around on several websites dedicated to the Song Contest with the following translation: Turkey decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013. TRT, the national …

The Big 5 rule – Justified or nonsense?

In 2000 a new rule was implemented giving the highest financial contributors of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) a guaranteed spot in the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. At that time they were called the “Big Four”. Prior to the introduction of the Semi Final system in 2004, the EBU used a relegation system to determine which countries would …

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