Michael Idato There is a glorious madness to the Eurovision Song Contest, coming off a six decade history which has been largely defined by glittery pantsuits, typically worn by men with unnaturally hairy chests,...
Michael Idato Guy Sebastian isn't a betting man, but if he was he says he'd back Sweden for the win in the 60th anniversary Eurovision Song Contest.
Michael Idato They say it is never darkest than before the dawn. That might explain why the second semi-final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest was, at times, an unrelenting assault of wind machines,...
Michael Idato It may sell itself on feathers, wind machines and cheesy songs, but behind the sequins of the Eurovision Song Contest is a complex, carefully managed political game.
'A little crook'
Michael Idato Australia's Eurovision Song Contest entrant Guy Sebastian says he's fighting fit and ready for this weekend's final.
Michael Idato With an almost otherworldly sense of the spiritual and touches of Indiana Jones, the television series Dig shovels up equal parts religious mystery and boy's own adventure.
Michael Idato It had a lady with a beard. A case of the splits that made everyone wince in their seats. And thousands of shiny balls hanging from string. What else could it be but the Eurovision Song Contest?
How to vote
Michael Idato For the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest's six decade history Australia is competing, assured of a berth in this weekend's final alongside the host country, Austria, and the so-called "big...
Michael Idato Your essential guide to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Michael Idato In the strange and sometimes inexplicable world of the Eurovision Song Contest, where gothic horror, acrobats and bearded ladies are the norm, genuine pop superstars seem curiously out of step.
Love for Australia
Michael Idato Why Australian opera singer Mary-Jean O'Doherty is not worried two Australians in contention at Eurovision risks splitting the vote.
From red carpet
Michael Idato From the launch, Guy Sebastian is trying to fend off the flu but the media is in a frenzy to talk to him.
Michael Idato If the Eurovision Song Contest wasn't already a confusing enough mass of competing countries, archaic voting methods and memorably eccentric performances, the 60th anniversary event adds a wild card...
Michael Idato Coming up on Australian TV: Celebrity Big Brother and series based on the books Barracuda and Tomorrow, When the War Began.
Michael Idato The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao has drawn half a billion dollars in pay television revenue, confirming its place as the most lucrative pay-per-view event in history.
Michael Idato The hugely successful US television show, which churned out performers like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, is axed after 13 years.
Michael Idato A third season of ABC comedy Please Like Me is now filming; MasterChef triumphs over ratings rivals and streaming service Stan commissions its first local series.
Michael Idato You only need mention the two names - Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin - and expectations of the new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie are shaped.
Michael Idato At first glance, the new M. Night Shyamalan television drama Wayward Pines puts one in the mind of Twin Peaks.
'Why did it have to be me?'
Michael Idato Last night the television actress and comedian Julia Morris managed to make a spectacular gaffe and still come up a winner.