Eurovision's craziest controversies
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The ceremony is intended to be apolitical, but Europe's relations are always exposed on the Eurovision stage. Allied countries vote for each other, rival countries give the cold shoulder, and some subliminal messages always seem to slip in to someone's lyrics. The buzz around 2019's Eurovision Song Contest was about Iceland waving Palestinian flags during the live broadcast filmed in the host city of Tel Aviv. Then 2020, though ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, saw Hungary pull out of the competition citing no official reason (though it was widely suspected that it was due to the country's far-right government and media viewing Eurovision as 'too LGBT-friendly'). Now, in 2022, Russia has officially been banned from competing in the wake of the country's continued military assault against Ukraine.
Controversy is a well-documented part of Eurovision's history. Intrigued? Then click on to to read about the most delicious drama at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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