The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Where? Copenhagen, Denmark

When? 6th, 8th and 10th of May 2014

The Eurovision Song Contest, that great European institution in which the world's top musicians battle for patriotism through the power of song, is held in Denmark this year.

Ranking up there with the Miss World competition in terms of cultural significance, the Eurovision Song Contest was the brainchild of Frenchman Marcel Baison, who hoped that by fighting with music instead of guns the nations of post-war Europe would become united in peace. A nice idea in theory, although viewers of past contests will have noticed the element of bias still present in country-by-country votes (Greece always giving Cyprus 12 points and Turkey "nul points", for instance).

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