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At Saturday night's Eurovision Song Contest, a trippy X Factor-meets-Idol sing-off, performers will compete in one of Europe's strangest annual exports. To catch up on the contest's 54-year history, Watch Video of the oddest performances yet.
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Since the competition began in 1956, singers chosen by their respective countries have gained notoriety with campy and strange performances on Eurovision. The Swedish pop group Abba had its breakthrough moment when it won the 1974 competition with the future hit "Waterloo," and later Celine Dion won the 1988 contest for Switzerland before taking the world by storm. While Germany's Guildo Horn didn't quite achieve international stardom with his 1998 performance of "Guildo Hat Euch Lieb," aka "Guildo Loves You," he triggered Guildo fever in his home country with the song. In the performance, which took seventh place, Horn parades around the stage in a cape, »
- Alex Berg
From Terry Wogan revealing the wrong winner to Lordi's day of rock-ening, we look at the best from the song contest
If you had any sense you'd have left your bunting up from the royal wedding because tonight sees the first of two semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, live from Dusseldorf (BBC3, 8pm). The UK is of course already in the final, thanks to a pay-to-play system similar to the government's new university entrance plan. But the real joy of Eurovision is the many and colourful interpretations of pop music from around the world. It goes way beyond Europe and way beyond music in a lot of cases. So let's get in the mood with six recent, memorable Eurovision moments …
- Julia Raeside
By Eric Isaac - January 15, 2011
In "Rubber," directed by Quentin Dupieux, why does a tire inexplicably come to life and devote that life to killing things? No reason. This film, as bizarre a concept as it might be to wrap your head around (not the-tire-coming-to-life part, but the part about things happening incessantly for no reason), is quite a comical film.
The movie opens with a nervous-looking man holding a few dozen binoculars in each hand on a dirt road littered with upright chairs blocking the path. A car barrels down the path knocking over each chair. The car stops, the trunk pops open and a sheriff (Stephen Spinella) pops out holding a glass of water. He begins to explain the concept of “no reason” in what appears to be an attempt to break the fourth wall but he is really talking to a group of spectators behind a velvet rope. »
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3 items from 2011
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