Eurovision: the favourites, boycotts, death threats and why Madonna matters

The Eurovision Song Contest kicks off today in Tel Aviv, with Israel hoping that the popular annual fest of kitsch and outrageous fashion may help burnish its image despite boycott calls.Last year’s winning performance by Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, with her #MeToo-inspired song Toy – which included clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves – secured her country the right to host this year’s televised extravaganza.The largely European competition, which gifted to the world the Swedish…

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