A Beginner’s Guide To The Eurovision Song Contest…
Are you curious about Eurovision but aren’t sure what exactly it’s about?
Each year, many countries from across Europe compete in one of the most spectacular of competitions: a song contest. In all honesty, Eurovision can sound silly, but having your country win the competition can be a source of pride…
How Did The Eurovision Song Contest Begin?
In the 1950s, a few people were pushing the limits of live television. A member of the European Broadcasting Union, Marcel Bezençon, took inspiration from an Italian event called the Sanremo Music Festival.
What Countries Participate?
The name Eurovision is somewhat misleading because it makes you think that it is only for European countries.
For a country to be a part of Eurovision, it has to have a broadcaster that’s a member of the European Broadcasting Union, which is the same group that started the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1956.
This is why countries like Israel, Morocco and Australia have all participated.
How Do Songs Get Chosen?
There are two main requirements for a song to be accepted in the Eurovision Song Contest. It has to be three minutes or less, there can be a maximum of six people on stage, and the song must be original content!
This last requirement is particularly important because it explains why a country never submits a song that is already very popular.
Who Has Won The Most — Eurovision?
The reigning champion of Eurovision is Ireland, which has won the contest seven times, most recently in 1996, followed closely behind by Sweden, which has won six times.
The full list:
Seven Wins: Ireland
Six Wins: Sweden
Five Wins: France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom
Four Wins: Israel
Three Wins: Denmark and Norway
Two Wins: Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine
One Win: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Monaco, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Yugoslavia.
Ukraine has won the 66th Eurovision song contest, which was held on Saturday evening 14th May in Turin in Italy.
Riding a tidal wave of support from the telephone-voting European public, Stefania by Kalush Orchestra finished first after strong showings by the United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden in the early voting.
Sam Ryder’s entry for the UK, Space Man, led at the halfway point, having won the jury vote from around Europe with 283 points. But after the points from the public vote were added, it finished second.
Sam Ryder had said he wasn’t concerned about where he finished, saying
“This is something that celebrates inclusivity, expression, love, peace, joy, togetherness. And so to think about the scoreboard, for me, takes a bit of the shine and the magic out of the room entirely.”
Well, I suppose there is always 2023…
By Pete Moore — Seamless Entertainment