The 10 Weirdest, Wackiest and Most Weirdly Good Songs From Eurovision 2013

Today, the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Malmo, Sweden and the world (or all of Europe) will be watching.

So what are the rules? Honestly, I’m still trying to figure them all out. As far as I can tell it’s a combination of American Idol and The Hunger Games (the five nations who give the most money to the event get preferential treatment and automatically make the finals), but set in Europe.

So why is it so important? For Europe it’s like the Olympics of pop music. It invokes cultural pride–and sometimes national embarrassment. Oh, and in 1974 an unknown group called ABBA sang a song at Eurovision comparing love to the Napoleonic Wars and suddenly became one of the most popular, important and famous pop groups of all time.

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