The Eurovision Song Contest exists long before X-Factor and similar music shows. And even after 60 years of existence it still attracts a lot of media and audience attention. This is the longest-running television program in history. A mixture of sequins, satin, dry ice, and mediocre melodies make this famous show popular all over the world. It’s watched by more than 200 million people every year! Not to mention that this music show is watched in the Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and China. But how much do you actually know about the popular Eurovision Song Contest? We bring you some funny and lesser-known facts:
1. The whole story starts in 1956, with only one goal, “by uniting nations through song.” The first competition was held in Switzerland, where 7 countries performed. The competition was modeled on the mega-popular Italian San Remo festival. In the first Eurovision, we can see Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, and Luxembourg. Denmark and the United Kingdom also wanted to compete, but they were late with the application deadline. That year Switzerland won.
2. Despite the popularity of the famous saying “nul points”, that phrase was never actually used. Instead of that, we can mostly hear “pass the points” or “zero points”. The country that has won the most zeros in history is Norway, while Portugal is the second biggest loser – since their song has never been in the top five.
3. The youngest contestant to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest was 13-year-old Belgian Sandra Kim who won in 1986. On the other hand, the oldest was 95-year-old Emil Ramsauer from Switzerland, who played an instrument in the band.
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4. The performance at the Eurovision Song Contest brought the performers only short-term success and impact on their careers. But the only exception is ABBA, Celine Dion, and Bucks Fizz.
5. The most successful country at the Eurovision is certainly Ireland. With seven victories. They are followed by Luxembourg, France, and Great Britain with five victories and Sweden and the Netherlands with four.
6. The Eurovision Song Contest is a very expensive competition. Basically, some winning countries said that they don’t have enough money to be the host of the next competition. However, throughout history, this was done by Netherlands, France, and even Monaco. In those cases, the household will most often be taken by the UK.
7. Among the biggest hits produced by the Eurovision are: Congratulations, Waterloo, Love shine a light, Insieme.
8. Yugoslavia was relatively successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, and the greatest success was definitely achieved by Emilija Kokic with the winning song Rock me, baby.
9. Not to mention that significant changes in Eurovision happened in 2006, when the group “Lorde”, which represented Finland, won with a heavy-metal song.
10. However, the worst songs from the Eurovision Song Contest, in terms of points and music criticism, are the performances of Rodolfo Chikilikuatre – Baila el Chiki-Chiki, Alf Poier – Weil der Mensch zählt, Jemini – Cry baby, PingPong – Happy song, Piero and the Music Stars – Celebrate.