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Serbia uses Eurovision contest to protest Kosovo betrayal. News Team

Serbia uses televised Eurovision Song contest to express outrage of Kosovo betrayal. French embarrassed over English language entry.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to represent their country in the international competition.

The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world,[2] with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.

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From UK Telegraph…

The lyrics of the song, one the favourites, apparently tell the tale of a pair of lovers, and end cryptically: “Wake me up on St Vitus’s Day, so that I can look at him again. Wake me up on St Vitus’s Day, so that I can see him one more time.”

The reference is unlikely to mean much to Eurovision’s huge international audience. But in Serbia, and throughout the Balkans, St Vitus’s Day, on June 28th, has a powerful resonance. It was on this day in 1389 that Serbs fought the Ottomans at the Field of the Blackbirds in Kosovo, a fight they cherish as a touchstone of Serb religion and nationhood.

Six centuries later, in 1989, Serb autocrat Slobodan Milosevic visited the site of the battle on St Vitus’s Day and, before an million-strong crowd, talked of Serbia regaining “its state, national, and spiritual integrity”.

“Six centuries later, now, we are being again engaged in battles and are facing battles. They are not armed battles, although such things cannot be excluded yet,” he said ominously, with the conflicts that tore across the Balkans in the 1990s just two years away.

But this is not the first time Serbia has used its Eurovision entry to make a political statement. Last year, Serb winning entrant Marija Serifovic greeted the news that Bosnia had awarded her song a maximum 12 points with a three-fingered salute ­a notorious nationalist gesture from Serb campaigns in the Balkan wars.

France is Furious. Patriotic French are furious and embarrassed over there own nations’ entry who looks like a hippy and sings in English instead of French.