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Use your vote strategically in the Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest
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I'll admit I'm a closet fan of watching the Eurovision Song Contest. I love the outrageous fashion, the bad choreographing, the over the top use of lighting and pyrotechnics. Then we get to the singing… it can be brilliant or laugh out loud funny and cringe-worthy.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be aired on SBS television at 7.30pm Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world's biggest music entertainment show and this year it is being held in Stockholm, Sweden. There are three live Eurovision shows made up of two semi-finals and the main event which is the final.

Eurovision Song Contest
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Every year it is estimated that over 180 million viewers watch the Eurovision Song Contest. Songs in English are the most popular winners. ABBA won the contest in 1974 and have been the most enduring and successful winner so far.

Viewers in the participating countries are allowed to vote for their favourite songs (minus the song representing their own country) by means of tele-voting. There is also an app you can download and vote with.

Eurovision Song Contest
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There are a number of rules to each performance. The maximum duration of each song is three minutes, which sometimes is way too long. Each performance may consist of a maximum of six people on the stage at one time with no live animals allowed. The artists can sing in any language and must perform live on stage. No vocals are allowed on the recorded backing track.

Eurovision Song Contest
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Dami Im, winner of The X-Factor, will perform her new song 'Sound of Silence' as Australia's representative at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. She will be singing on the second semi-final day.

You can view some of the other contests on the Eurovision Song Contest's website where there are videos of their song. Although I do think that spoils half the fun.

SBS has a whole Eurovision Song Contest website devoted to the coverage and news of the event. There is even a page with some suggested drinking games to make the watching more bearable!

Mark down the Eurovision Song Contest in your diary and invite your friends around for some laughs.
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Why? Enjoy a night in watching the Eurovision Song Contest
When: 13th, 14th and 15th of May 2016
Cost: Free
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