It’s the Eurovision Song Contest final tonight, and while one or two people have turned their back on it since the loss of Wogan, most of us still can’t get enough! There will be innumerable Eurovision parties taking place tonight and it’s not hard to see why, the competition has been going strong since 1956!
The idea behind it was to bring Europe closer together after the war, by introducing a singing contest broadcast simultaneously to a number of nations from Europe, originally known as the ‘Eurovision Grand Prix’. Since then the name has shortened but the list of countries competing has grown massively and while some have excelled at Eurovision, others find themselves continually falling flat.
In terms of wins there are some old pros who seem to have the winning formula down to a fine art with Ireland wiping the floor with everyone else with a massive seven wins under their belt – Johnny Logan picked up an impressive two wins alone, though they seem to have lost their winning streak since they took Jedward on board! The United Kingdom, Sweden and France all share a respectable five wins each, not surprising when you think between them they had Abba, Sandie Shaw and Lulu as entrants.
For all the obscure favourites that have been placed first in Eurovision, it’s also worth remembering that some massive stars have represented their countries, from Celine Dion and Olivia Newton – John to Cliff Richard. Whoever the victor is, year after year Eurovision makes memories that will last well into the future – check out these unforgettable moments in Eurovision history:
In 2006 Finland’s Lordi brought a little hard rock to the stage and the sound they created was a bit of a contrast to the saccharine Eurovision we’re used to.
A victory for LGBT communities everywhere, transsexual Dana International winning first place for Israel in 1998 was a great coup.
Lithuania’s 2006 entrants, LT United, decided to go for a not-so-subliminal message with their entry ‘We Are the Winners’. They weren’t.
It’s 35 years since Abba stormed into first place for Sweden with ‘Waterloo’, a song that’s still as popular now as it was then.
The Number one top moment in Eurovision history has to be our very own Bucks Fizz in 1981 with THAT skirt-ripping routine.
So make sure you settle in tonight for an evening of good natured fun and frolics, all courtesy of the Eurovision Song Contest!