Monday, May 9, 2016

Eurovision Song Contest 2016: A Viewer’s Guide By Rachel Danadio and Christopher D. Shea

Jamie-Lee Kriewitz, Eurovision song contest - Germany
The 61st annual Eurovision song contest, the campiest event on the international cultural calendar, arrives at its glorious climax this week. Beloved by Europeans, although mystifying to many in the United States, the contest was conceived as a way to unite Cold War Europe through music — a kind of World Cup for pop songs — and to bolster ratings for national broadcasters. Over the years, countries as varied as Israel and the nascent Balkan republics have vied to enter, seeing participation as a sign of acceptance on the world stage. This year’s contest is in Stockholm, where performers from 42 countries will compete for the top prize — exposure — in semifinals on Tuesday and Thursday and finals on Saturday. Viewers in the participating countries can watch on television domestically and viewers around the world can watch on Eurovision’s website, The semifinals on Tuesday and Thursday and the finals on Saturday begin at 9 p.m. Central European Time, or 3 p.m. Eastern Time. For the first time this year, the finals will be broadcast on television (and the Internet) in the United States, by Logo, a channel owned by Viacom. International New York Times