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Singing from the rooftops: Eurovision in the time of coronavirus

Covid-19 may have cancelled this year's Eurovision, but that doesn't mean the politics of the contest aren't on show in a different way

By Catherine Baker  

The Eurovision Song Contest has survived financial crashes, terrorist threats and even contestants at war. But in March, Eurovision organisers had to accept what fans had feared for days—that given the global pandemic, the competition would have to be cancelled for the first time in a history dating back to 1956.

Italy was already in lockdown by the time the event’s organisers made their decision—and soon, much of Europe would follow. Instead of Italy’s entry echoing from an arena in Rotterdam as planned, it was instead…

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