Last autumn, we opened the sparkling Eurovision door to anyone who wished to submit a song and performer for consideration as our UK entry for the 2015 Contest. The result of that open submission process was a very impressive collection of songs, of every conceivable type, that came in from a huge variety of amateur and professional writers and performers. Thank you to everyone who made the effort and got involved.
Some of the submitted songs were easily good enough to be commercial tracks straight away and others had clear potential, so it wasn't hard to draw up an initial shortlist of interesting contenders. What we did next, was consider the strengths and weaknesses of each song in detail, with the realities of the Contest foremost in mind. We also gave the shortlisted writers an opportunity to come back with any further suggestions or refinements which they thought would really maximise the impact of their songs.
Ultimately, one song stood out as having both instant impact and...
We can confirm today Loreen winner of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be performing her song 'Euphoria' which following the competition went on to reach No. 1 in the charts across Europe including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Poland and Loreen’s home country of Sweden.
The UK’s winning entry from 1976 Brotherhood of Man also join the line-up performing their famous song 'Save Your Kisses For Me'. Their song became a major hit around the world, selling six million copies and made No.1 in many countries and returned the group to the US Charts.
Also performing is Dima Bilan who has represented Russia twice at in the competition. In 2006 Dima performed "Never Let You Go", finishing second to Lordi, and he won the contest in 2008 in Belgrade with the song "Believe". Dima will perform a medley of both songs at the London concert.
Viva the diva! The final act confirmed today is Dana International who was chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham who will take to the stage to perform 'Diva' once again.
And finally here is a list of the full line-up and the songs they will perform!
Austria’s Conchita Wurst - “Rise Like a Phoenix”
Sweden’s Herreys -...
It’s day three and you know what that means: four more sensational acts to add to our ‘Eurovision’s Greatest hits’ line-up!
First up is Rosa López, the Spanish Fame Academy winner, who won the chance to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. She came seventh with her song ‘Europe’s Living a Celebration’ and must’ve caught the attention of her country, as the show still holds the highest ratings in the history of all Spanish television with a whopping 80.4% audience share! Rosa has released nine albums since; with seven discs going platinum and four going golden in Spain.
Next up is Johnny Logan, AKA ‘Mr Eurovision’: the man who’s won The Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland not one but three times – the only performer in the world to hold this record! His first win was in 1980 with the song ‘What’s Another Year’ (which later reached number one in the UK); his second in 1987 with ‘Hold Me Now’ (which later became a fan anthem for the Irish Football Club, Bohemian F.C.!); and his third was in 1992, as the songwriter of winning hit ‘Why Me’ (sung by Linda Martin). Johnny has since released an enormous amount of hits, with forty singles and nineteen albums across Europe...
Another day, another reveal! Today we are pleased to confirm Emmelie De Forest who came first in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be performing her winning song 'Only Teardrops.' Upon victory, Emmeille became the third contestant from Denmark to win the competition.
Next up, who can forget Lordi from Finland? Who made history in 2006 by becoming the first, and to date, the only hard rock act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi will once again take to the stage to perform their winning song 'Hard Rock Hallelujah'.
Lastly the final act we can confirm today is 1982 Eurovision Song...
Today we have some VERY exciting news.
As part of the European Broadcasting Union’s celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, we’ll be hosting a concert full of show-stopping performances from some of Eurovision’s greatest acts of all time. 'Eurovision’s Greatest Hits’ is to be held at London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Tuesday 31st March, and will be broadcast...
After a long, hot summer and time to reflect on the excellence of Copenhagen, our thoughts are now turning to next year’s diamond anniversary show in Vienna.
The question of how we arrive at our UK entry is understandably foremost in many minds and the continued popularity of the contest is certainly reflected in the level of interest and comment it generates. With 60 years of heritage and an array of different approaches taken by the BBC and other participating countries, over the years, it’s no wonder there’s such a variety of views as to what works best.
There are pros and cons to...
The Eurovision Song Contest is well known for its outrageous costumes and outlandish songs. Writing songs in a language other than the native tongue is a challenge, however as this list shows, we’ve got a bit of a chequered history in the UK when it comes to song writing. Whilst some songs might get lost in translation, they can provide for some amusing lyrics. This is an affectionate retrospective of some of the bizarre lyrics and songs from over the years.
20) Belarus 2014 – Cheesecake
Controversy and the Eurovision Song Contest go hand in hand. From Paul Oscar’s raunchy leather-clad performance for Iceland in 1997, to the presenter’s skirt ‘accidently’ coming off in 1985, to the 1981 Yugoslavian jury spokesperson announcing “no I don’t have it” when asked for the votes, Eurovision always throws up surprises and scandals. It’s the perfect mix of high drama and tension which has kept people watching for reasons other than just the music. Here is a top ten of just some of the scandals that have rocked the Eurovision world.
10) The Bearded Lady from...
BBC Eurovision Adrian
We are only weeks away from Eurovision 2014 kicking off in Copenhagen. A jolly film crew from Denmark flew over to London to shoot Molly’s UK Eurovision Postcard.
Now, as many of you will know, the postcards play an integral part to the Eurovision programme. The postcards are short video clips that introduce each act before they go up on stage and perform to a TV audience of 120 million.
This year’s postcard concept is very ambitious! It’s all about the artist creating their own flag. Molly rolled out white carpet, directed iconic red double decker buses and lots of the Team Molly...
Did you know to date the UK remains overall, the most successful country in Eurovision? Ok we’ve not done well recently… but with five wins and 15 runner-up positions, we’ve made the two top spots a startling 20 times!! That’s a record that we should be rightly proud of.
The songs featured in this top 10 are worked out as a combination of their Eurovision placing and their UK chart performance. In a strange anti-Eurovision twist, the entries with the lowest combined numbers were included in the list (since they were technically the most successful). I tried to develop a formula...