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Israeli stalemate over Eurovision Song Contest funding

Israeli broadcaster IPBC (KAN) has one day left to pay a €12 Million security deposit to the European Broadcasting Union if it is to...
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Now – After two decent pieces – we revert to type

We've had far too much good stuff here in The Vault this August, and as NickD is taking a sabbatical, we can probably sneak...
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9 August – You are so wrong

Have there ever been songs that you really like, only for them to be completely overshadowed by that country's entry the following year? Let...
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8 August – While the capital is sleeping, they have fun with the stars

Today's the day to mess with your mind. You sometimes get duos where both parties are names. You occasionally get trios where this happens....
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7 August – Ley lala ley la… lala ley lala ley la…

I know we can't always pick good songs. You know the ones I mean. The classics from the 1980s that can still hold their...
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6 August – I’m looking for answers

It's always tough to open a contest. All those expectant eyes on you as you launch what should be a momentous festival of glorious...
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In a Max Bygraves style

I wanna tell you a stooory... A story of sibling love, talent and ultimate failure... If you're of a Dutch persuasion, look away now!
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3 August – If it ain’t right, it is wrong

It's sometimes a nice thing when songs come along that everyone likes. It's maybe not their favourite. But no-one loathes it with a passion....
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2 August – The good God didn’t love little fleas

New Europe, it has to be said, has been a breath of fresh air. Yeah, we got all those Slavic languages, and more besides,...
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Seven o’ clock, you have to get out of your bed

That lyric seems like something some of us go through every year when we sneak into a Eurovision press bubble. It's never as simple...