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2016 EUROVISION FINALS
May 14, 2016  | By David Bianculli

Logo, 3:00 p.m. ET

 
Like World Cup Soccer, this is a global competition to which the U.S. has arrived relatively late, in terms of both awareness and enthusiasm. Contestants from, this year, 42 countries have competed to be voted the best show-biz act in the world – and today, for the first time in the competition’s history, the finals are being televised live in the United States. On the Logo cable network, in mid-afternoon… but still. This is where ABBA got its start all those decades ago – and where, this year, the favorite to win is Sergey Lazarev (pictured). And there’s more than pride on the line: the country providing the winning contestant gets the honor of hosting the following year’s Eurovision competition. If you’ve never seen this, and most Americans haven’t, it’s definitely worth a taste. Words fail to describe the range of acts and talent here – but the words unbelievable and inexplicable often come close.
 
 
 
 
 
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