The Eurovision Song Contest has attained cult status. Stars and starlets vie for the top spots. And the losers drop off the radar. One is blind singer Corinna May, who almost qualified as Germany's Eurovision entry in 1999.
Israel just won the European Song Contest, the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem, and the business world is amazed by the innovative startups the nation produces. Yet the tiny country has a lot of catching up to do.
The revered singer who rose to fame in the 1970s with the hit "Eine neue Liebe ist wie ein neues Leben" (A New Love is Like a New Life) has died after a long illness. But his kitschy Schlager standards will long live on.
Eurovision attracts many types of people, including numbers and trivia freaks. Here's a sample of statistics garnered from ESC history, some important, some obscure, and some utterly superfluous.
In the first of two semifinals of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, 10 out of 19 entries have been selected to go on to the final on Saturday.
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