RTÉ has made basic errors and editorial misjudgments, argues David Blake Knox, the most blatant of which was the entry of Dustin the Turkey in 2008. What was apparently intended to show Europe that we did not take ourselves – or the contest – too seriously, backfired and became a national embarrassment. Photograph: Getty Images

What is it about the Eurovision Song Contest that continues to draw millions of viewers year after year? In several respects, it still seems like a(...)

Irish pride: Dana celebrates winning the 1970 Eurovision, in Amsterdam. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

This month marks the 60th time that Europeans will gather around their electronic hearths to participate in the annual festival of song, performance, (...)