Eurovision, one of the longest running television shows in the world, will see its first 2008 semi-final held tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Over 30 nations from all over the continent (and further afield) will be competing to see who will make it to the final on Saturday, 26th of May.
The winner will be crowned the best song in Europe.
But, of course, its about more than that.
The show has become a strange mixture of campy fashions, regional rivalries, shadowy alliances and oblique voting structures — way more complicated than it is on paper.
Designed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the competition was designed to 'help foster European unity after the Cold War and to test the limits of live television broadcast technology.'
In essence, it's a simple format. Each country submits a song, its performed and voted upon by other countries.
According to the current rules, viewers can vote on other countries' songs via telephone. Votes are also taken from each country's 'National Jury', which the rule book says include only people in the following professions 'radio DJ, artist, composer, author of lyrics or music producer.'
The country that receives the highest number of votes receives 12 points, while the 10th receives 1 point (below that they receive no points).
They even won three times in a row in 1992, 1993, and 1994.
Sometimes, such as with last year's Irish twin duo 'Jedward', it might be better described as 'campy'.
There's been a variety of political controversies over the years. In 2009, Georgia's entry was pulled after it was alleged the lyrics were about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This year's host, Azerbaijan, is not only the most Eastern host yet, but perhaps the most controversial too.
Human Rights Watch has accused the Azerbaijan government of forcibly evicting people from their homes to make way for Eurovision-related construction.
Senior presidential administration official Ali Hasanov has even accused Iran of spreading rumours that they were holding an gay pride march.
'Actually there is no word in the Azerbaijani language for a gay parade, unlike in their language,' he added.
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