FIRST AIRED: May 13, 2016

Nice work! Enjoy the show!


You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

We've got more news

Get our editor’s daily email summary of what’s going on in the world.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Replay Program
More Info

COMING UP:Share Opener Variant 2



>> It's dramatic, it's emotional, and if you're in Europe it's hard to miss. Semifinalists pulling out all the stops to qualify for this weekend's Eurovision Grand Finale. As always the host is last year's winner, Sweden. For them winning is a big deal. Even the streets are filled with music from past Swedish winners.
Fans descending on Stockholm are counting down the hours until their biggest event of the year. They've just found out who's in and who's out of the final and there were some surprises.
Iceland, Norway and Denmark got knocked out, which leaves Sweden as the last man standing of the Nordic countries. Don't be fooled by the name of the show though, Eurovision doesn't stop at Europe. Israel will be competing on Saturday and Australia is second favorite to win after Russia. And a Russian win wouldn't just make for happy bookies.
Putin has long been an avid Eurovision advocate, and no expense has been spared on this year's display. Ukraine got in by the skin of their teeth. They were almost disqualified for lyrics that referenced Soviet Union aggression towards Crimea in World War II. This guaranteeing them
from Russia and potentially the most politically charged Eurovision to date.