Will Denmark Win Eurovision Contest?

Emmelie de Forest of Denmark is the bookies’ favorite in tomorrow night’s Eurovision finale. The Guardian advises Americans, who have been slow to warm to the contest: ‘You may have heard Eurovision derided by antimodern haters as some kind of tacky, overblown kitsch festival – and in the years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, some western Europeans have not hesitated to add a racist tinge to their derision, calling it a silly display only fit for Slavs and Balts. Pay them no mind. Eurovision only looks like a singing competition. It is much more than that: it is an emergent political paradigm, a model wherein national pride and pan-European unity go hand in hand. The EU itself can only dream of this kind of allegiance.’

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