Eurovision aims its glitterballs and lasers at Moscow

Next year’s competition will be held in Britain, but will celebrate all things Ukrainian in a show of solidarity with the besieged country

Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest: proving that pop music could be just war by other means. Picture: Giorgio Perottino/Getty

Eurovision, a hugely successful, trashy entertainment show, or a metaphor for our troubled times? It certainly is the former, and all the more enjoyable for it, but increasingly it is being shaped by a European war to the east.

When historians look back on this era, the shaping of the concours Eurovision de la chanson will be seen as a barometer for the public’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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