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May 26, 2012

As Baku welcomes the camp Eurovison Song Contest, we examine the challenge that gay, bi and trans Azeris face in an oppressive Azerbaijan

'Welcome to the Eurovision Song Contest, from Baku in Europe!' greeted star-eyed host Eldar 'Ell' Gasimov, the 2011 contest in a duo with Nigar Jamal.

The flamboyant contest is being held in a fantastic newly erected Crystal Hall, a shimmering glass and steel building on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The atmosphere and festive mood of kitch glitz and glamour, with outlandish hair-does and exquisite dress codes more than match the glittery exterior of the venue.

May 25, 2012

From camp to cute, Eurovision has it all

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest Final is almost upon us, and with 26 countries competing in the final on Saturday (26 May), we are in for a long night! Here’s an A-Z guide for the final:

A– Age. With 76 year-old Engelbert Humperdinck and the Russian grannies battling it out, this year has appeal for both the younger and older generations.

B– Blindfold. Watch Donny from Lithuania declare that 'Love is Blind' whilst donning a sparkling blindfold.