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Great Musical Moments In Reality TV: Daniel Diges Sends In The Clowns At Eurovision

Lyndsey Parker
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Long before "American Idol"--before "Star Search," even--there was the Eurovision Song Contest. The United Nations of all talent competitions, held every year since 1956, Eurovision features aspiring talents from across Europe competing over five days, with each country submitting an original song to be performed on live TV. It's actually one of the most-watched non-sports broadcasts in the entire world. And it's definitely the cheesiest.

Eurovision is seemingly untouched by time or taste, with the contestants wearing spandex 'n' sequins outfits and executing variety-show dance moves that wouldn't have been out of place during ABBA's historical 1974 Eurovision number, and singing oompa-oompa songs that wouldn't sound out of place at a Russian bar mitzvah or a Gogol Bordello concert. Saturday's newly-crowned champion at the Oslo-based 2010 competition, German teenager Lena, did modernize the contest a bit with her Duffy/Winehouse knockoff "Satellite"--but thankfully, this weekend there still were plenty of Eurovision wackjobs still partying like it was 1979, most notably Spanish contender Daniel Diges. Because Daniel's Eurovision performance of his 2010 entry, "Algo Pequeñito," was memorably (or more like nightmare-inducingly) accompanied not only by his headful of Sideshow Bob clown-curls, but by a chorus line of actual scary, scary clowns.

I say Daniel was totally robbed. As you can see in the clip above, the man wasn't even upstaged or fazed by a stage-bumrushing amateur clown (no, that wasn't that Ian Benardo guy from the "American Idol" finale, it was just some random prankster). Daniel just kept singing with a smile, the sign of a true pro. I hope to see Daniel Diges and his circus act, along with some beefed-up security, at Eurovision 2011. Send in the clowns!

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