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"The Last Temptation of Krust" is the 15th episode of The Simpsons' ninth season, and first aired on February 22, 1998. Bart convinces Krusty the Clown to appear at a comedy festival organized by Jay Leno, but Krusty's old material does not go over well with the audience, and he receives bad reviews. After Krusty goes on a drinking binge, Bart and Jay Leno bathe him at the Simpsons' house, and Krusty decides to announce his retirement. At Krusty's retirement press conference, the audience finds his tirade against modern comedy hysterical, and he returns to comedy with a new style where he complains about commercialism. He later agrees to a deal with marketing executives in return for a new "Canyonero" – a spoof on sport utility vehicles, and markets products during his next comedy appearance. The episode ends with an extended Canyonero sequence, with a background song sung by Hank Williams, Jr. The writing staff initially had trouble getting Krusty's offensive bad jokes through network censors, but convinced them this was simply a way to emphasize his old and dated comedic material. The episode was highlighted by USA Today in a review of the season's episodes, and received positive reviews in The Washington Times, the Evening Herald, and in books on The Simpsons. (more...)

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Sixty songs have won the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition organised by member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. There have been 56 contests, with one winner each year except the tied 1969 contest, which had four. The only person to have won more than once as performer is Ireland's Johnny Logan (pictured), who performed "What's Another Year" in 1980 and "Hold Me Now" in 1987. Only five songwriters have written more than one winning entry: Logan, Willy van Hemert, Yves Dessca, Rolf Løvland and Brendan Graham. The most notable winning Eurovision artists whose career was directly launched into the spotlight following their win were the members of ABBA, who won the 1974 contest for Sweden with their song "Waterloo." The 2012 winning song is "Euphoria" by Sweden's Loreen. (more...)

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