From the channel that brings us shows like ‘Doctor Who’ (Shout out to all Whovians), ‘Sherlock’, and ‘Top Gear’, BBC also broadcasts my favorite show: Eurovision. With a record as of one of the longest running programs in the world, Eurovision is unmistakably rooted into European culture, and has brought fame to internationally recognized music artists like ABBA, Celine Dion, and even the dance group Riverdance. The Eurovision Song Contest allows any independent nation in the European Broadcasting Union to compete, so even principalities and Middle Eastern countries, like Israel, participate. During the event, after every country is done performing, Europe votes on their favorite song via SMS tele-voting. Voting for your own country’s song is not allowed. Even though it’s only a three-day annual event, it’s fun to keep tabs on it on Facebook during the year. I get excited each time they announce that a country has chosen their performer(s). If there’s one thing I don’t like about Eurovision, it’s some of the bias that comes with voting for another country’s entry. Some people will vote for their own country’s neighbor to try to maintain good relations. This year will be the 57th year that Eurovision has been on the air, and it will be hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan. Frankly, I was worried that with all of Europe’s current debt issues, there wouldn’t be as much pizzazz as last year’s competition, though by the looks of all of the high-quality music videos, special effects, and fancy costumes on the Eurovision website and Youtube page, the show will be just as lively as ever. In fact, this year, the competition has taken a turn for the weird. Russia’s performers are six “grannies” (or babushki), Israel’s act includes clowns running around on stage, and Montenegro’s song isn’t even a song, but the weirdest rap I’ve ever heard. Here are a few Participant Profiles: Željko Joksimovi?, Serbian singer and composer, is a prime example of Eurovision excellence. In 2004, he landed second place as a performer. He took third and sixth place as a composer in the 2006 and 2008 contests, respectively, and even co-hosted the 2008 competition, held in Belgrade, Serbia. This year, he will be back singing a self-composed song in his native tongue. Jedward, known for their spiky hair, tight pants, and their debut single ‘Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)’ featuring Vanilla Ice, twins John and Edward Grimes are the first act to represent Ireland two years in row. The song Jedward performed in last year’s competition, ‘Lipstick’, topped the charts in several European countries. Mandinga is one of the most unique bands I’ve ever listened to. This Romanian group fuses both Cuban and Romanian sounds to create catchy songs, like the one they will be performing in this year’s contest, ‘Zaleilah’. Since the song is half in English and half in Spanish, you may be able to sing along while they perform it.