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From Austria to Australia, Eurovision casts net wide for 60th year| Reuters

May 23, 2015    

VIENNA A slice of Swedish electro-pop, Italian 'popera' and a pop star from Australia, about as far from Europe as you can get, are among the favourites for this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.The annual kitsch-fest, watched by more than 195 million people in 40 countries -- more viewers than the Superbowl -- was won last year by Austria's bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, bringing the show to the Austrian capital better known for its classic elegance. While viewers are often puzzled by the inclusion of countries outside Europe -- such as Israel, which qualifies thanks to membership...

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