Eurovision voting goes global, giving American fans a say in Europe’s music competition

By Tali Arbel

Americans will soon have the chance to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest, the music competition that celebrates kitsch pop and helped launch the careers of ABBA and Celine Dion.

The glitz and spectacle of Eurovision draws comparisons to the Olympics. It is watched by around 160 million people on TV in Europe and Australia. It remains niche entertainment in the United States, a curiosity the world over with unknown performers in bizarre costumes singing ballads, electropop, and the occasional rock or country song. Not everything is sung in English.


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