Sunday 25 September 2016

The theme has been announced for Eurovision - and it's political

Published 04/04/2016 | 11:44

Malahide's Nicky Byrne who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision song contest
Malahide's Nicky Byrne who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision song contest

The theme has been announced for this year's Eurovision, and it's political.

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The glitzy European singing contest has never shied away from being political with political voting rife and singers often choosing to sing about issues in their respective countries.

However, with debate about the refugee crisis raging across Europe, it's fitting that the theme this year is 'Come Together', focusing on the situation.

“It is more necessary than ever before that we unite and join together, and that is literally what we do in Eurovision, where most of the countries in Europe meet together,” said last year's winner Måns Zelmerlöw.

Mans Zelmerlow representing Sweden performs the song 'Heroes' uring the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna
Mans Zelmerlow representing Sweden performs the song 'Heroes' uring the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna

“We obviously want to touch upon it: anything else would be to bury your head in the sand.”

Zelmerlöw took the opportunity to comment on the host country's stance on the issue (Sweden recently announced plans to deport 80,000 asylum seekers).

"We have shut the borders now, I don't know if there's that much to be proud about."

Despite that stance, the Swedish Eurovision team will stage a dance performance highlighting the issue which will also give "a feeling of hope", according to presenter Petra Mede.

The Eurovision semi-finals take place on May 10 and 12 with the final on May 14.

Ireland will be represented by Nicky Byrne singing his own song, Sunlight.

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