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What is the Eurovision Song Contest all about?

Tags: ABBA, Eurovision Song Contest.
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2018 by "T".

The Eurovision Song Contest, or simply called Eurovision, is a yearly multicultural entertainment event that brings numerous countries together in harmony through music.

This 2018, the competition is set in Lisbon, Portugal - the first time ever for this country to host the event. Portugal acquired its very first Eurovision win at last year's contest in Kiev with their song "Amar Pelos Dois" performed by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luisa Sobral.

The event will be hosted by Filomena Cautela, Daniela Ruah, Silvia Alberto, and Catarina Furtado.

History about the Song Contest

Eurovision was an idea proposed by Italian TV writer Sergio Pugliese, who worked for Italy's state broadcaster RAI back in the early 1950s.

The contest was inspired by Italy's Sanremo Music Festival and its purpose was to be a bonding exercise in the difficult post-war years, thus bringing European neighbors together in the spirit of harmonious fun whilst testing the capabilities of early live broadcast TV technology to the limit.

Pugliese's suggestion was approved by the president of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Marcel Bezencon in January 1955. At a general assembly conference at Rome's Palazzo Corsini on October 19, 1955, Bezencon developed the idea further with the body's international members, including the BBC.

Seven months later, on May 24, 1956, the very first Eurovision Song Contest was set in Lugano, Switzerland, with Swiss candidate Lys Assia winning with her song "Refrain".

The name "Eurovision" was initially coined by British journalist George Campey of the Evening Standard, who named the contest in Lugano as the "Eurovision Grand Prix" when he covered the event.

The first music tournament was comprised of only seven competing nations (this year, it's 43). The rules of the competition have become more intricate as new entrants were added throughout the years.

Candidates were originally expected to sing in their native languages, but that has changed since, culminating in ABBA's victory for "Waterloo" in 1974, with the famous Swedish disco singers singing entirely in English.

What are the mechanics of the contest?

Countries all throughout Europe as well as some outside Europe, will send a song and its performer(s) to sing in the contest.

A maximum of six people in their act is allowed per country, and the song should not exceed three minutes and not released before September 1, 2017.

Everyone has to sing live, but no live instruments will be used.

To be eligible in the grand final, most country participants must sing in one of the two semi-finals.
The Big Five countries (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), which give the biggest financial contributions to the contest organizer EBU, automatically go straight into the final. Additionally, the host country (what won the year before) will also be included in the grand final.

The winner of Eurovision is decided by all countries that participated, with each nation being allowed to award points to other countries that they wish to win. Scoring is derived from a mix of viewer votes and the opinions of a music expert jury. At the conclusion of the grand final, the one with the most points is the winner. The declared winner shall then perform their song once again and will be awarded the iconic glass microphone Eurovision trophy.

Eurovision 2018 Odds and Who's the Favorite to Win

Cyprus is the frontrunner in this year's contest with Eleni Foureira and her song Fuego (which means ‘Fire' in Spanish). You get approx. 2.0 odds on her winning at most of the major bookies.


Top 10 Eurovision Song Content 2018 picks and odds from Unibet 


TV Schedule (UK)

Each year, around 200+ million viewers tune in to watch the event.

If you are a resident of one of the 43 participating countries, then you can watch it on TV through your national public broadcaster, for example, BBC if you're in the UK.

The grand final will be viewed on BBC One at 8pm on Saturday, May 12.

The Eurovision is a once-in-a-year chance for countries to proudly showcase their people's talents on the international stage. Sure, some may find it cheesy but it does have its appeal to the masses - that for just one night a year, an entire continent sets aside its (political) differences to basically enjoy the diversity and uniqueness of pan-European pop music.

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20 comments for "What is the Eurovision Song Contest all about? "

 Gerimantas5/11/2018 3:43:56 PM GMT
To me personally i watch Eurovision song contest every year and i like to see this event like a concert, but i do not like the votes and most times winners is a very bad song. I think it is not good something eith voting
 CALICUL5/11/2018 4:49:13 PM GMT
This contest Eurovision in recent years is won by political order and not by value or votes. I'm really honest when i say that because i saw it very well what happens here. There were valuable artists who deserved to win but unfortunately this has not happened. This year i did not watch who qualified in the final but i heard some songs. Belgium or Australia ( i do not understand why they put this country here 2015 debut and is very strange ) has two good songs and Israel a has a cheap song. Maybe in future Sua will be accepted in this European contest, Brasil, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya , India and China. I am Confused
 shokaku5/11/2018 6:36:01 PM GMT
Eurovision time again? A lot of sub par songs performed with great enthusiasm, followed by a round of tactical voting, followed by whining about that voting, worse than after a bad beat.

German edition:
After finishing dead last with single digit points, everything in the national competition is changed, only to produce the next horrible act, that doesn't fare any better. Cool
 Mober5/11/2018 8:09:22 PM GMT
I dont like this contest at all. I never did Smile
Too many people get stuck watching it every year, and i dont see the reason actually.
With so many unknown singers and bad songs, what is the point.
So what if this or the other country win...
 pajalnick5/11/2018 8:53:28 PM GMT
Eurovision recently is a very politicized contest ... and I'm not saying this because the representative of Russia did not reach the final .... the song was awful and the singer forgot the words ..... shame .... but I'm talking about that last year in Ukraine did not allow a participant from russia .... politics
 godoy5/11/2018 10:01:59 PM GMT
a contest very well elaborated and well done and organized where one has the maxino of great of countries and their representatives wanting ganahr and dedicate themselves champions very bnom and fun
 bowie19845/12/2018 1:06:11 PM GMT
Eurovision. Every time I get to watch this I realize that it's not the exactly the vision I have about Europe at all. Besides the overrepresentation of fluffy pop songs this competition has really no value nor represent anything important about the participating countries cultures.
 CALICUL5/12/2018 4:50:06 PM GMT
There are singers who represent their country but i do not understand this thing. Why the bosses of this contest accepts singers of another nationality but they participating for another country? Example: Alexander Rybak is from Belarus but he participating for Norway, and is not the only example in history of Eurovision.
 shokaku5/12/2018 7:20:54 PM GMT
In its heart the eurovision song contest is not about the singers, but about the creators of the songs. At least in theory.So the nationality of the singer is not important. Luxemborg for example had singers from all over the place competing for them.
 pajalnick5/12/2018 8:48:14 PM GMT
I do not really understand what this competition is all about ... .... Of course there is a vivid example - ABBA .... this group after eurovision has become very popular and famous ... but it was a long time ago ... I now can you name at least one more winner of this competition who would repeat the success of ABBA?
 Mober5/12/2018 9:09:40 PM GMT
Well since the contestants are countries, you simply expect the ones representing
the countries, to be from that country.

And we are not talking about singing in another language.
That is ok, since it is harder for some countries, to gain the crowds all over the place,
when singing in their language Smile
 doubletop7775/13/2018 7:12:27 AM GMT
I do love the Eurovision. I think that it is a fantastic event and i look forward to watching it every year. Congratulations to Israel on winning this year and roll on next year!!
 dule-vu5/13/2018 11:40:18 AM GMT
system for giving points is strange and you dont know anything after jury from every country give points,then are points from peoples who vote with SMS and they change everything and you dont know till end who will get points and how many of them!and they can be few hundreds!
 CALICUL5/13/2018 11:49:20 AM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
There are singers who represent their country but i do not understand this thing. Why the bosses of this contest accepts singers of another nationality but they participating for another country? Example: Alexander Rybak is from Belarus but he participating for Norway, and is not the only example in history of Eurovision.

I ask a question and i am voting with minus. Angry This is really stupid and childish
 SBEP5/13/2018 4:53:13 PM GMT
Eurovision hmmm, I like what it used to be, great show with great songs that we sing even today, but now its just become a freak show, full of SJ, politically correct driven, with all freaks queers,fag's, lezbos ( aldou I muss say I don't mind the lezbos Smile ) those leftist countries need to understand not all Europe is that progressive, nor does it want to be.
 pochui5/14/2018 4:27:10 PM GMT
well I can answer what Eurovision song contests is all about- it's about watching at least two hours of horrible music with a couple of exceptions and see one of the worst song, that you would have never imagined possible to be the winning song end up like... the winning song. that Eurovision for you.
 CALICUL5/14/2018 4:53:49 PM GMT
Another Eurovision Winner with a very ugly song. It's incredible how they choose the winner in every year. I'm sure people's votes do not matter at all. Europeans should protest because it is possible in 2019 a country to have a zoophile competitor and this person to win.
 Gerimantas5/15/2018 4:01:25 PM GMT
Yes i too can say that it is often the situation where very bad song to win the contest and i do not like this situation. It is sad when you see good songs who finish in bad position and bad song finish very high or win
 CALICUL5/16/2018 4:56:11 PM GMT
I'm sorry for what's going on with this contest, but honestly it's no longer worth watching. I liked how she translated microsoft in english and spanish when Benjamin Netanyahu said: it was wonderful and anothers good words, and microsoft has translated Neta you're a real cow. Big Smile and the translator was right. Big Smile
 godoy5/23/2018 11:46:58 PM GMT
a festival of this greatness counts on many talented people with great voices and with great interpreters but with everything there are some that are not bad but not so good and those that have won are not so good as this

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