Photo credits: Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala singing "1944", by Albin Olsson - Licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0 Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons
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What It Says on the Tin: Politics and the Eurovision

Why did the Ukrainian entry “1944” receive such attention as a “political” song at the Eurovision Song Contest? Yes, of course Eurovision is political – and well beyond the lyrics of this song, or even the voting in country blocks. The song contest, with its strongly proclaimed apolitical mission, serves …