GSN outlines the history, our favorite traditions, and this year's betting odds of the international pop contest
It is nearly time for the glorious camp fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
If you don’t know your Abba from your Azerbaijan, then Gay Star News is here to help ahead of the final, televised around Europe, tonight (26 May).
We’re here to tell you what every gay (and occasional straight viewer) needs to know about Eurovision.
The international pop competition, hosted this year in Baku, Azerbaijan, has been broadcast every year since it began in 1956. Worldwide viewing figures are reported to range from 100 to 600 million, making it one of the most watched television programmes every year.
Each European country submits an original song to be performed on live television, and then the continent votes for its favourite.
The only catch is nations are not allowed to vote for their own songs, although this has led to ‘clique’ voting among neighbouring countries.
Eurovision is known for its treasured tropes and traditions, and parties everywhere celebrate them by engaging in (responsible) drinking games.
Here are our favorites:
According to betting site BetVictor, Sweden stands the best chance to win. Will Loreen follow Abba’s success in 1974?
Here are the current odds:
If you send us a message via our Twitter @gaystarnews with the country you think will win Eurovision, you could win a mixed case of wine. If you are right you may be the lucky winner we pick out of a hat on Monday (28 May).
Let us know your favorite Eurovision song this year on our Facebook page. Follow @gaystarnews on Twitter and keep an eye on GSN for the latest Eurovision news from our correspondents reporting live from Baku.