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Posted on: February 19, 2015
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The Truth about Eurovision




(Countries with Associate European Broadcasting Union Membership, from Wikipedia)

So, it turns out that the Euro- in Eurovision doesn't stand for Europe but for the European Broadcasting Union. It's a contest for countries with EBU membership. So, there really isn't a problem with Australia participating in Eurovision.

... except for one thing. Because of Australia breaking the precedent for Associate EBU Members being a part of the Eurovision song contest, this means that other Associate Members might participate too.

Here are the Associate Members:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Syria
  • United States


Yes. Technically there is no legal reason to keep them out. dancing-2

I wonder which would actually cause public opinion to explode the more - that one day Japan shows up on Eurovision... or that the United States does?
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Greg Gibson is online.
As I had no idea as to the origins of Eurovision Song Contest I found your post very interesting and as such thank you for taking the time to explain it.

Given it encompass so many countries and so many are not included in the "normal" competition I think it would be very interesting and possibly les...
Carlo Marco
Thanks. Even from over here I can see that Eurovision is very politicized. I read an article just some time ago that they installed some technology to mask the audience trying to boo over the Russian entry, as they did back in 2014 while the Tolmachevy Twins were performing. The mess in Ukraine and ...
Greg Gibson is online.
In order to expand musical appreciation and to illustrate that in-spite of our differences we are basically the same I agree with you Carlo that it would be great for such contests to showcase music from as many contributors as possible.

I also agree that music should be judged on its own merit.... b...
Vanessa Allen
I was very surprised this year that the voting did not appear to me, in many instances, as political as in recent years. It made the whole contest much more enjoyable and indeed FUN.
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