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Saturday night is a very special night as the sensational Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th birthday – and we know that thousands of you in the UK will be donning bad wigs and tight spandex as you celebrate the occasion in style.
So whether you’re hosting a small sophisticated affair with vol-au-vents and Prosecco, or you’re watching in a club with a few hundred of your new besties, The Lord of all things Eurovision, Mr Graham Norton wants your Party Shout outs. Tell us who you are with, what you will be doing and where you are below...
Since its inception the Eurovision Song Contest has always pushed boundaries. Pioneering new broadcasting techniques and ways of performing. Compiling a list of ‘breakthrough’ songs is no easy task since the contest has seen so many diverse performances, breaking new ground in Eurovision history. This top ten features songs which have somehow broken the mould or shaped the contest in some way. As always we’d love to hear your views!
10) Iceland 1997 – Paul Oscar “Minn hinsti dans”
As far as contests go, 1997 was a fairly standard year. Celtic ballads which had been so much of a feature in the preceding years continued as did ethno-pop. Iceland’s “Minn Hinsti Dans” was a Eurovision song with a performance like no other. The song started with a thumping dance beat before the camera panned to a leather, PVC-clad Paul Oscar sitting legs akimbo, on a white sofa. Surrounded by women in risqué bodices and fishnet stockings, Oscar works the stage like none of the artists that evening. Arguably Eurovision’s first sexually charged performance, there’s even crotch caressing! Terry Wogan commented “I hope you didn’t let your mother watch that”. It deserves recognition as...
Voting in Eurovision is the highlight of the show for many it's also one of the more controversial areas of the contest. Since the current voting system (1-8, 10, 12 points) was introduced in 1975, 16 countries have received the dreaded nul points. They must’ve been pretty awful to have attracted no points at all from any country right? Not necessarily. Each country awards points to ten participating songs, so in theory a song could be ranked 11th place by most and still go on to receive nothing but a wooden spoon. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and review the best of the...
When it was announced back in February that Australia was to enter the Eurovision Song Contest Twitter went into overdrive. Some were delighted, others incredulous and the majority more confused than ever. It’s difficult explaining why Israel is in Eurovision let alone Australia. How are they allowed to enter? More important why would they? Now that the dust has settled, it seems like a very natural decision and here’s why.
In it's history Eurovision has embraced entrants which are located out-with the traditional boundaries of Europe; Israel, Azerbaijan, Morocco. There were even plans for...
The BBC today confirms Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc will host BBC Three’s coverage of the two Eurovision Song Contest Semi Finals live from Vienna, Austria on 19th and 21st May.
Mel is a self-confessed fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, who as well as being a judge on Eurovision selection show Making Your Mind Up in 2007, also starred as one of the presenters in the stage show Eurobeat:...
We are pleased to announce Electro Velvet as our Eurovision act for 2015! Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 performing the song ‘Still In Love With You.’
Alex, aged 35, from Welwyn Garden City and Bianca, aged 26, from Beckenham in Kent will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom in Vienna. Electro Velvet’s debut song ‘Still...
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.
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...
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.