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The Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test Sun­day, 5am (4.30am SA; 3am WA) and 7.30pm, SBS At the time of pub­li­ca­tion, we sadly don’t yet know if Jes­sica Mauboy, Aus­tralia’s en­trant in Euro­vi­sion, has made it through the sec­ond semi­fi­nal to Sun­day’s grand fi­nal in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal. From a prac­ti­cal stand­point, of course, Aus­tralians can­not vote for Mauboy in any case, so our demo­cratic rights stay in­tact for 15 min­utes af­ter the last song is sung on Sun­day morn­ing. Ei­ther way, it is an un­miss­able spec­ta­cle of kitsch. for the new Aus­tralian space agency in the bud­get, space ex­plo­ration will be front of mind for many. So nat­u­rally it’s Brian Cox-apalooza on our TV screens, here with The 21st Cen­tury Race for Space, later again this month with the ABC’s Stargaz­ing Live and even on a com­ing episode of Ju­lia Zemiro’s Home De­liv­ery. What should be of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in this doc­u­men­tary is the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Jeff Be­zos, chief ex­ec­u­tive and founder of Ama­zon, and owner of rocket com­pany Blue Ori­gin. Fa­mously tac­i­turn on this topic (un­like Elon Musk), Be­zos has said he will fund his space en­deav­ours with an­nual sales of his Ama­zon stock to the value of $US1 bil­lion ($1.3bn) for as long as it takes. (He has quite a lot of room to move, with a net worth ex­ceed­ing $US130bn). The en­tre­pre­neur has said his goal is to lower the cost of ac­cess to space so that it can be a place where mil­lions of us live and work. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if he elab­o­rates on that here. pro­fes­sor teach­ing psy­cho­pathic be­hav­iour, who is claimed to be the first gay lead char­ac­ter in a drama se­ries, has been some­what over­shad­owed by an ac­cu­sa­tion of plot pla­gia­rism by fans of Bones. (Per­haps they have been un­usu­ally twitchy as the se­ries went off the air this time last year af­ter 12 sea­sons.) In the story, based on best­selling au­thor James Pat­ter­son’s book Mur­der Games, Rein­hart joins New York Po­lice Depart­ment de­tec­tive Lizzie Need­ham (Bo­jana No­vakovic) to solve var­i­ous crimes.

Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira at Euro­vi­sion

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