Top British TV shows  

British TV screenwriters are known for their wit and humor, one of the reasons their innovative TV shows are taking over the world. Although the British are known as impassive creatures, they know how to make the audience laugh with the sense of humor. What once was restricted to the British population has become a world phenomenon - the English sense of humor. That dry sense of humor that makes use of sarcasm, ridicule, pauses, gestures and very clever catchphrases is fast becoming a global language.

Extras” is a British TV comedy that with a high dosage of sense of humor, featuring characters who get themselves into very difficult situations and then struggling to get out of them. One of the strategies behind Extras' success is the big name cameos that make an appearance in the show. Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Clive Owen, David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, and Patrick Stewart are among those that make an appearance.
The show focuses on an extra - Ricky Gervais - trying to make it in showbiz, but things usually turn sour for him. On each episode Gervais' character tries to score a line in a scene but fails miserably... for him. It's quite amusing for the audience.
From its humble beginnings as a radio series, Little Britain became a smash hit as a TV show since it aired in 2003. The TV show conquered the British audience with their numerous catch phrases and their success was such that it ended up making its way to North American cable TV.
Created by comedy duo David Williams and Matt Lucas, Little Britain is a sketch show that explores the British Isles through a diverse mix of silly, exaggerated and rude characters.
The reason why Little Britain is so easily consumed by the foreign market is that it showcases Britain for those who are unfamiliar with the country. Although it does not portray Britain in the best light, it does paint a hilarious picture.
Perhaps you've heard “Ab-fab, sweetie darling!” before, but do you know where that catchphrase comes from? It's one of the famous lines from Absolutely Fabulous. The show focuses on the lives of two posh women desperate to stay young and cool, and that nothing will stop them from attaining it.
The main characters are played by Joanna Lumley - Patsy - and Jennifer Saunders - Eddy - who have since become a national treasure. While most British shows last only a few seasons, the series has been so successful it has run for two decades - 1992 to 2012.
Despite the show's several seasons, the audience was left wanting more and they took the show to the big screen with the release of “Absolutely Fabulous: The movie.”
While the movie featured an impressive sixty cameos, ranging from supermodels to comedians, the two main characters continue to be the centre of attention.
One of the top British exports is unarguably Mr. Bean. Who doesn't know about this awkward hilarious character? His fame is surprising giving that Mr. Bean is nearly a silent character. Most of the shows success stems from the actor Rowan Atkinson's physical humor.


Europe’s first underwater museum in Lanzarote   

Divers are in for a treat with the opening of Europe's first underwater museum off Spain's Lanzarote island. The underwater wonder is called Museo Atlántico, featuring more than 300 sculptural works by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

Museo Atlántico may be the first museum of its kind in Europe but it's not the first one on tattoo. This project had previously seen the day of light - from the bottom of the ocean - on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Mexico.
The Cancún Underwater Museum (Museo Subacuático de Arte, known as MUSA) was thought up by Marine Park Director Jaime Gonazalez Canto, with the help of the sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor whose sculptures also feature in Spain's museum. The project was carried out by a non-profit organization devoted to the art of conservation.
After two years in the making, Spain's underwater museum opened its waters to snorkelers and divers interested in admiring enigmatic human figures submerged at depths of between 12 and 15 meters on the seafloor of Las Coloradas Bay - a UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve.
Apart from offering visitors a delightful activity, the sculptures have a sea life conservation purpose: the figures will help to form part of an artificial reef, acting as a breeding site for local species.
“The whole idea was for it to become a portal to another world,” says DeCaires Taylor, the artist who created the underwater sculptures for this museum and the ones in the Bahamas, Grenada, West Indies, Mexico and the Antilles.
In 2014, Mr Taylor's Ocean Atlas piece in the waters of New Providence in Nassau, Bahamas, became the largest single sculpture ever to be installed underwater. The masterpiece weighed more than 60 tons.
The artist depicts everyday life scenes with his sculptures and uses his work to raise awareness of oceanic issues, which is why he works with environmentally friendly concrete. Taylor created the statues with a special eco-friendly concrete that doesn't affect the marine eco-system but fosters coral life by attracting plants and animals and acting as a breeding site for local species.
“I want it to inspire people to understand more about our oceans and the threats facing it,” DeCaires Taylor said.
These everyday scenes are all too familiar. Some of the statues represent current local residents, recreating scenes from their everyday life. The sculptures include one titled “Content” that displays a couple taking a sub-aquatic selfie, while another titled “The Rubicon” involves 35 human figures walking beneath the waves.
“I hope that the Museo Atlántico of Lanzarote represents an entry point to a different world and promotes a better understanding of our precious marine environment and of how much we depend on it,” Taylor said at the museum's opening.
You can go on a diving tour from various locations on Lanzarote from €46.
There is plenty to view as the museum occupies an area of 50x50 meters.
“Snorkeling around submerged sculptures is an unforgettable experience,” said Telegraph Travel writer Hazel Plush, who visited the Grenada installation.
“Taylor has an uncanny ability to capture the human likeness, and seeing these figures trapped forever on the bottom of the ocean was a surprisingly emotional experience. This isn't just a gimmick - every piece is in harmony with its surroundings, and designed to attract marine life while giving snorkelers and scuba divers some food for thought too. It's great news that Taylor's work is now a little closer to home.”


Germany: Down with Fake News of Facebook  

Germany has taken a stand in placing responsibility on Facebook for the face news that appear on the platform. The authority also threatened to take measures if the platform doesn't curb the spread of face news through social media.

Several countries have already urge Facebook to address the issue, but it was the German Justice Minister Heiko Maas the one that took a step further. The minister put forward the suggestion that Facebook be treated like a media company and be held criminally liable for failing to remove hate speech.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel supported Maas, warning of the power of fake news and of the possibility of the public opinion being “manipulated” on the internet.
“Today we have face sites, bolts, trolls - things that regenerate themselves, reinforcing opinions with certain algorithms and we have to learn to deal with them,” claimed Merkel.
Given that Germany has a strong influence within the European Union, the country's decision to make Facebook responsible for what is published in its platform might result in other European states pressing Facebook as well.
“We believe Facebook, and all social media companies on which news is shared and consumed, should shoulder the same responsibility as traditional media companies,” one member of the European Parliament, the EU's legislative body, told BuzzFeed.
Companies like Facebook “do not get to wipe their hands of responsibility by saying we are an internet company, or we do not control what users share,” the MEP added.
The MEP also confirmed that leaders within the German government agreed that companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook should take responsibility for the content published on their platforms.
Maas has said that depending on how long it takes to remove racists and xenophobic posts reported to Facebook, the EU should take action to change the guidelines which classify Facebook an other social media platforms as tech companies and thus not accountable for content on their platform. The initiative might also press Facebook and other social media companies to be more open about the number of posts deleted and the reasons for their removal as well as imposing fines when said companies refuse to delete posts considered hate speech.
“Fake news, in many cases, is a type of hate speech. We see fake items, written as articles claiming that refugees are robbing houses and attacking women. It those articles lead to someone attaching a refugee, are they not an act of hate speech?” asked the MEP.
The spread of fake news on Facebook has made authentic headlines in Indonesia - where face news affected the presidential election-, in Brazil, and in the USA. Facebook has argued that its nature as a technology company instead of a media company, so it shouldn't be liable for the contents held on its platform. It also alleged that fake news makes up only a small percent of its daily shared content.
Despite Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's initial attitude regarding fake news, the company has recently released a number of statements where it commits to taking the issue more seriously.


Ramsey puts leftovers on the menu  

A new pop-restaurant in London - wastED - is gathering Europe's most acclaimed chefs to prepare delicacies fashioned from food waste. According to Bloomberg, some of the guest shows that will be serving up normally discarded ingredients without the customers knowing in advance will be Gordon Ramsey, Clare Smyth and Tom Kerridge.

Blue Hill restaurant owner Dan Barber will be in charge of the London's version of wastED, which was originally launched in Manhattan in 2015. Each day the menu will vary depending on what is available.
What's so original about this restaurant is its concept of recycling food. According to the project's website, all ingredients will be sourced from leftover food items from farmers, distributors, restaurants, retailers and others. There will be dishes for sharing and an unorthodox tea, as you cannot avoid serving it in the UK.
Dan Barber said the purpose of the project is to draw attention to food waste, a growing problem at a global level. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, about one third of all food produced annually goes to waste. About 1.3 billions tons ($990 billion worth) gets lost or to waste mostly in rich, developed countries.
While this amount of food is wasted, one in every nine people in the world is undernourished and a large majority of those people are in developing countries in Asia and Africa.
After rising to fame at the innovative New York's farm-to-table movement, Barber thinks a new approach to the use of food waste and an open mind about ingredients could have an impact on foodies in places like London.
“It's all very exciting,” Barber told Bloomberg in an interview. “To put together a menu in a different city is to be forced to learn about tis history and its agricultural realities. And the food scene in London is very vibrant.”
“What I like about London is the openness to these ideas. The culture around food waste is fantastic - way ahead of America's.”
The original wastED was a popup in New York two years ago. One of the guest chefs was multi-Michelin starred Alain Ducasse. While Barber is a hero in the culinary world, the food was a world away from fine dining, using as ingredients bits of meat, fruit, vegetables and fish that you'd normally chuck away.
According to, the menu in New York offered kale ribs, bruised vegetables and fruits, fish heads and state bread.
Barber said he is working with both farmers and chefs to create the menu. He also confessed that he drew inspiration from the British bubble and squeak, made with leftovers such as cabbage and potato.
“It's too passive,” he says. “It allows you to dictate the menu by purchasing what you want from a farm. You end up treating it like a supermarket. I don't reject the term farm to table - I own a restaurant on a farm, so I'd better be careful - but it's too easy.
“I am in favor of expanding the definition of what is waste food. We get to choose what's for dinner when really we need a pattern of eating that supports a landscape.”


J. K. Rowling   

Best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series, J. K. Rowling is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer. The series of books have become the best-selling book series in history, selling more than 400 million copies worldwide. The books have also been the inspiration for a series of films that have led to the creation of two Harry Potter-themed public attractions: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter - in London and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

Born in Yale, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she came up with the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.
Within five years she went from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status and with sales in excess of £238M, she became the United Kingdom's best-selling living author.
Taking into consideration the social, moral and political inspiration she has given her fans, Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year. She is notable for supporting charities such as Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Lumus (formerly the Children's High Level Group).
Some of her famous lines include: “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” “You place too much importance... on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that ti matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
From her 2008 Harvard Commencement Address, entitled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination” she stated: “Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
On an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she commented about how her life changed from being poor to being multimillionaire in less than five years: “I think the single biggest thing that money gave me - and obviously I came from a place where I was a single mother and it really was hand to mouth at one point. It was literally as poor as you can get in Britain without being homeless at one point. If you've ever been there you will never, ever take for granted that you don't need to worry. Never!”
She said to Time magazine in 2007: “It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it's perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing an believe in God.”
She has also talked about her she gets her inspiration from: “I've no idea where ideas come from and I hope I never find out; it would spoil the excitement for me if it turned out I just have a funny little wrinkle on the surface of my brain which makes me think about invisible train platforms.” More info on facebook


Memorable moments in the European Cinema  

Film buffs from Greece, Denmark, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden and Serbia pick some great quotes from films made in their countries.

One of the most popular catchphrases in European cinema comes from a Greek comedy called “A Greek Girl in the Harem” starring Rena Vlahopoulou. The line is “Pethane o Theios!” (the uncle is dead!) which are the fake news of a wealthy uncle dying. The comedic tone of that macabre line is that the uncle is not really dead. He faked his own demise as a tactic to find out who really loves him and who is just after his money.
Although this line is famous, the line “Vaggelis!” is the most popular one. It comes from an invention in the film that opens and closes the door if someone uses a specific phrase. Due to a comedic mix-up, the door only moves if someone shouts the name of the character Vaggelis. So, when everyone calls out his name, the door slams shut, leading to painful situations.
Another famous quote comes from the Danish series 14 Olsen-Branden. The films tell the story of an infamous gang always looking to carry out the “greatest heist ever, the heist over all heists), as the gang's leader Egon Olsen puts it.
At the start of every film, Olsen is released from prison and greeted by gang members Kjeld and Benny. That's when he utters his most famous quote: “Jeg har en plan!” (I've got a plan).
The Swedish movie franchise “Beck” is also a source of catchphrases thanks to detective Martin Beck's (Peter Haber) rather eccentric neighbor. The famous catchphrase he utters in all situations: “Ska vi ta oss en stänkare? (Should we have a drink?)
The most quoted Serbian movie is The Marathon Family, a 1982 comedy cult classic. The story takes place in a town in 1935 and it tells the story of the eccentric Topalovic family, which consists of six generations of undertakers.
The movie is a black comedy where all the main characters are “bad guys.” One famous catchphrase is in the line of this dark sense of humor: “Zao mi je sto ste moji, a ne deca nekog mog neprjatelja” (I'm sorry that you are mine and not the children of my enemy).
As you would expect, many characters die on the film and, therefore, there are many death jokes. For instance, in response to someone being accidentally burned alive while repairing the cremation oven, a character said: “Ala ga je opravio svaka my cast” (Well, he repaired it, excellent).
One of the best quotes from Russian cinema can be found in Aleksei Balabanov's 2000 film Brother 2. It comes in the English language: “Are you gangsters?” “No, we are Russians.”
Some endearing quotes come from the Italian classic, “Life is Beautiful.” Bartolomeo: “They are looking for someone who speaks German to translate their instructions.” Guido: “Me! I'll do it, I'll translate!” Bartolomeo: “Do you speak German?” Guido: “No” And everyone's favorite... when Guido says: “Buon giorno, Principessa!”


Top-earning European Celebrities  

Forbes released a 2017 celebrity 100 list of the World's highest-paid entertainers worldwide with Sean “Diddy” Combs at the top on $130 million in earnings. Then Beyoncé Knowles, then J.K Rowling.

However as we're more interested in stuff in Europe we'll look back at the list of top-earning European celebrities for the period between June 2015 and June 2016, and the list is as varied as the continent.Earning are pretax while fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.
From rock star, tennis champion, chef, actor, the European top-earning celebrities made a total of $697.5 million, they are all from different generations and all over Europe.
After making $200 million on their On the Road Again tour, apart from the endorsement deals with Pepsi and Colgate, One Direction tops the list of European celebrities that have earned more money in 2016. But that's not all. They are also the top earning band in the world and the highest-paid among all front-of-camera celebrities. But they pop celeb that made more money than them in the world was... drumroll please... Taylor Swift, who topped the global list with $170 million.
After five decades on the run, The Rolling Stones have proved that they are legendary band capable of earning big by going on tour and playing stadium shows. They made $66.5 million last year.
British music is still going strong. Paul McCartney, who used to be a member of the legendary band The Beatles, earned $56.5 million.
And lastly, U2, along with The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, prove that legendary musicians can still survive in this day and age where House music and Electro are taking over. The Irish band earned $55 million.
With One Direction's Harry Styles being 22 and Rolling Stones' drummer, Charlie Watts, being 75, it is clear that British music doesn't discriminate according to age, and British musicians are topping the list of highest-earning celebrities, with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris and British composer-artist Adele featuring on the list.
“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years and I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Harris told Forbes. He went from being a grocery stockboy to becoming the world's highest-paid DJ with a $63 million payday.
Even though a range of other female musicians top the list of highest earning celebrities in the world - Taylor Swift made $170 million, Madonna ($76.5 million) and Rihanna ($75 million), Adele is the only woman on the European list. She actually topped Harris' total with $80.5 million.While other top-earning musicians made most of their money from tours, Adele made most of her money from music sales from her album 25.
Apart from the music business, sport is another industry that generates most money. The top-earning athletes include Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million), Roger Federer ($68 million) and Novak Djokovic ($56 million). While the Serbian Djokovic ranks higher than the Swiss Federer, the latter made more money than the former thanks to endorsement deals with Nike, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz and Credit Suisse. This is also the way that Ronaldo makes makes it to the list of highest-earning celebrities, with endorsement deals from Nike, Tag Heuer, Sacoor Brothers suits and Monster headphones.
Rome opens a virtual tour of Nero’s palace  

The “Golden House” or palace of the Roman Emperor Nero, “Domus Aurea” can now be admired in all its splendor thanks to a virtual reality tour highlighting some of the majestic rooms, after being buried for centuries.

After a lengthy restoration project of the palace built for Nero - the Roman emperor who allegedly torched the imperial city - tourists and locals alike will enjoy a 3D multimedia visit every weekend. Tours must be booked in advanced and they limited to 24 visitors at a time.
Some of the sites you can see in 3D are Volta Dorata hall and some exterior sections of the edifice, such as its facade or the Oppio Hill gardens.
Francesco Prosperetti, Rome's special archeological superintendent, highlighted the innovative multimedia experience. According to him, this immersive experience offers visitors a close look at the times of Emperor Trajan, as the palace was destroyed after Nero's death in 69 AD.
Nero, the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, commissioned the construction of this majestic complex, that saw the light of day after Rome burst into flames in 64 AD. This is known as the Great Fire of Rome. The famous catastrophe is attributed to Nero. Historians claim that Romans believed Nero himself had started the fire, in order to clear land for his planned palatial complex, the Domus Aurea.
The Domus Aurea became one of the most luxurious residences of antiquity. Its walls were covered in frescoes and marble, and its sprawling grounds hosted an expanse of vineyards, forests, and artificial lake and a variety of treasures brought from the Orient. It was an early use of Roman concrete construction, but this innovation was destined to have a great influence on the art of the future, as they use mosaics in the vaulted ceiling for the first time. So far, mosaics had been restricted to floors.
Nero's extravagant ways led him to commission from the Greek Zenodorus a colossal 35.5 m high bronze statue of himself, the Colossus Neronis. The statue was placed right outside the main palace entrance at the terminus of the Via Appia. This statue may have served the purpose of representing Nero as the sun god Sol.
The Golden House was designed as a place of entertainment, or that is the conclusion that can be drawn by the presence of 300 rooms without any sleeping quarter.
Nero didn't enjoy the luxury of the palace for long. In 68, the rebellion of Vindex in Gaul and later the acclamation of Galba in Hispania drove Nero from the throne. He then committed suicide on 9 June 1968 and his death ended the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
His death also sparked a period of civil wars known as the Year of the Four Emperors. These emperors that ruled after Nero's demise tried to get ride of the Domus Aurea. They pillaged the palace, despoiled from his valuables. Then they defaced the building and buried it to the point that the Domus Aurea remained entombed for centuries and its frescoes were only rediscovered during the Renaissance.
Emma Watson passed on La La Land  

This film awards season all eyes were on La La Land. The film accumulated a number of awards in SAG Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. The film has also hit the record of nominations for the Oscars. With 14 nominations, La La Land ties with Titanic and All about Eve in nominations to the Oscars.

With La La Land being a smash hit, people wonder what could have been as the cast is not what the director first had in mind. Originally Emma Watson and Miles Teller were going to play the lead lovers and dreamers of La La Land. That initial plan didn't become a reality, with Emma Stone playing the female lead role while Ryan Gosling replaced Teller.
According to Page Six, insider sources reported that Watson and Teller lost the chance for awards and La La Land's box office because they were too demanding when it comes to salaries and in terms of Watson's expectations that rehearsals would take place in London.
This is what the insider told Page Six: “Miles was offered $4 million to star in ‘La La Land,' but he said he wanted $6 million. Watson was offered the lead female role, but she initially wouldn't commit. Then she began making all these crazy demands, like rehearsals for the film must be done in London... they jumped through hoops to make it work with her, but she just didn't feel the film was right for her.”
That is how producers ended up casting Stone. Shortly after, Gosling jumped on the wagon as he wanted to work with Stone again. They previously starred together in “Gangster Squad” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
According to the insider, now that the film is a major success, Teller and Watson have blamed their agents for not securing the roles for them. The “insider” told Page Six: “Now both Miles and Emma Watson are raising hell with their agents for not securing the roles for them - even though it was the actors' fault for being too demanding.”
Apparently, Watson began her negotiations when she was being represented by the WME agency, but then she signed with rival CAA. However, other sources claim that Watson turned down the opportunity to do La La Land so she could focus on Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film.
Teller told GQ in 2015 that his agent said “La La LAnd” director Damien Chazalle decided to drop Teller because he was no longer “creatively right for the project.” Chazelle confirmed that “there was a moment where (Watson and Teller) were doing it. And neither of those casting things wound up lasting or working out.”
Teller didn't offer comments to Page Six, but he went to social media and addressed Page Six as “‘reporting' alternative facts.” In an interview with Esquire in 2015, Teller share the story of how he learned he'd been let go from the project:
“These are just facts,” he explains that he almost passed up the chance to be in Arms and the Dudes because it was incompatible with La La Land. “And I got a call from my agent, saying, ‘Hey, I just got a call from Lionsgate. Damien told them that he no longer thinks you're creatively right for the project. He's moving on without you.'” The reporter that interviewed him said that Teller sent his agent a text saying “What the f*, bro?”


Eurovision Song Contest May 2017  

2017's Eurovision was the 62nd edition of the contest. As Ukraine won the song contest last year in Stockholm, the eastern European country had the opportunity to host the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The contest consisted of two semi-finals that took place on 9 and 11 May; the final contest took place on 13 May 2017.
The contest was at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev, following Ukraine's victory with the song “1944”, written and performed by Jamala, marking the second time Eurovision will take place in Kiev. The first one took place in 2005. The Ukrainian capital, however, has hosted other Eurovision-related events before, such as of Junior Eurovision Song Contests in 2009 and 2013.
Artists from forty-three countries participated in the 2017 contest. Despite Portugal and Romania being absent from the 2016 edition, both countries made comeback this year. Portugal has won this year's Eurovision Song contest. Salvador Sobral, Lisbon-born 27-year-old did not expect overnight fame and fortune becoming Portugal's first Eurovision winner. The song was written by Sobral's sister, 'Amar Pelos Dois' means 'Love for Both of Us'. Celebrate diversity is the slogan of the competition. Portugal will host the 2018 event.
Over six decades since its foundation, the Eurovision Song Contest has been the birthplace of many famous artists and endearing songs, most notably the Swedish band ABBA and their legendary song Waterloo, respectively. During the past 60 years, more than 1,400 songs have taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Some of the records of the contest are as follows: Every year, an estimate of 180 million viewers watch the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2008 and 2011, a record number of 43 countries participated.
The country that has broken the record of winning the higher number of times is Ireland. The green country has won 7 times. It is followed by Sweden, which has won 6 times. Then Luxembourg ties with France and the United Kingdom in that they have won 5 times.
Poland made the most impressive debute in 1994, after Edyta Gorniak came 2nd with To Nie Ja. Another country that made an impressive debutant show was Serbia in 2007. This year marked the first time Serbia partook as an independent country, as it had taking part in the contest twice before as Serbia & Montenegro.
Although Norway has won the contest three times, it holds the unfortunate title of being the country that has been at the bottom of the list more than any other. Eleven times Norway has come last: 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2004 and in the Grand Final of 2012.
Most winning songs were performed in English, a total of 26 times. Songs (mostly) in English are followed by songs in French (14 victories). Dutch and Hebrew songs won 3 times each.
The Eurovision contest has also brought about some legends in the music business, most notably ABBA, the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner. The Swedish pop band took over the world after winning the contest in 1974.
Domenico Mudugno's Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu - also known as Volare - is the most covered Eurovision Song Contest song. Stars like David Bowie and Dean Martin have covered the song.
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