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From pop to politics, what to know as Sweden prepares for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest

Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The 68th Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in May in Malmö, Sweden. It will see acts from 37 countries vie for the continent’s pop crown. Founded in 1956, Eurovision is a feelgood extravaganza that strives to banish international strife and division. It’s known for songs that range from anthemic to extremely silly, often with elaborate costumes and spectacular staging. This year’s favorites include nonbinary Swiss singer Nemo’s song “The Code” and Croatian singer-songwriter Baby Lasagna’s electro number “Rim Tim Tagi Dim.” Israel is also competing, but the contest has faced calls to expel it over its conduct of the war in Gaza. Pro-Palestinian groups say they will protest in Malmö and security will be tight for the final on May 11.

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