May 9th, 2014
Sing for Britain
It’s that time of year, again (it comes around so quickly!)….. yep, it’s Eurovision time! Love it or hate it, it’s the singing competition that everyone has an opinion about! This year the contest is held in Copenhagen after their entry by Emmelie de Forest stormed the points board last year with her song “Only Teardrops” (do you remember it? No, neither do we!).
The Eurovision 2014 entry for Great Britain is by new singer-songwriter Molly, and has been tipped to be one of our most successful entries in recent years. But, there are 36 other nations participating in Eurovision 2014, so competition is stiff. And some of this year’s entries are more bizarre than ever…… Austria’s singer Conchita Wurst is a drag-act, complete with very well-manicured facial hair is a great example!
Whether you love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest is here to stay, with a unique and large following across the world. If you’ll be tuning in tomorrow night for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2014 then it’s sure to be a night filled with songs, sequins, sobs and smiles. And in the meantime, here are our most random things we bet you didn’t know about the Eurovision song contest!
- Eurovision was first held in 1956, in Switzerland. It was originally meant to bring the EU countries together after the horrors of WW2.
- But in 1981 Italy boycotted the competition, because it was too old fashioned!
- Animals aren’t allowed on stage! And no more than 6 performers or singers per country.
- In 1968 Spain entered with a song called “Lalala” which had 138 “la”s. It won!
- The UK’s entry, Molly, wrote her song Children of the Universe, herself.
- Bruce Forsyth’s daughter Julie was a backing singer on Eurovision in 1988.
- London’s Albert Hall hosted the first Eurovision to be broadcast in colour, in 1968.
- Women win more than men! 28 female soloists have been crowned Eurovision winner, as opposed to just 7 men.
- The UK has won 5 times and come second 15 times!
We wonder if this year will be a winner for the UK? We’ll have to tune in to Eurovision 2014 tomorrow evening to find out! And if you can’t wait until then, BBC Radio 2 have just launched a dedicated digital radio channel – find it on your DAB digital radio.
And catch the live final, hosted for the BBC by Graham Norton. BBC1 8pm