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The modern logo was introduced for the 2004 Contest to create a consistent visual identity. The host country's flag appears in the heart.
.The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la Chanson)[1] is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).^ Heavy Metal Eurovision is not associated with Eurovision Song Contest which is registered trademark of European Broadcasting Union.

^ The Eurovision Song Contest's silliest entries .
  • The Eurovision Song Contest's silliest entries | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ What happened in 2003’s Eurovision Song Contest?
  • Writing.Com: How to win Eurovision Song Contest [p2] 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.writing.com [Source type: General]

.Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs, in order to find the most popular song in the competition.
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^ Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to go forward to represent the country in the international competition.
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.Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to represent their country in the international competition.^ A representative from each country reports the national televote.
  • Eurovision || Jaunted 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.jaunted.com [Source type: General]

^ Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to go forward to represent the country in the international competition.
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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.The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world.^ The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world.

^ The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956, and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world.
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^ They mainly talked about the changes they noticed in this year’s contest and what they’ve been doing ever since winning the contest.

.It is also one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world,[2] with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.^ In a televised event watched by 100 million people around the world this weekend, 23-year-old Serbian contestant Marija Serifovic beat out participants from 42 European countries to win the 52nd annual Eurovision Song Contest , hosted in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Marija Serifovic Wins 2007 Eurovision Song Contest | AfterEllen.com 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.afterellen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This musical was one of the most seen during the two years that it was on stage.

^ I had the backstage feed on my computer monitor for five hours (one hour before + event + one hour after) while watching the standard show on tv...
  • Eurovision Song-Contest? - Debates & Discussions - Opera Community 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC my.opera.com [Source type: General]

[3][4] .Eurovision has also been broadcast outside Europe to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay despite the fact that they do not compete.^ Tags: eurovision Posted in Broadcasting , Europe .
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^ This year's Eurovision will be held in Belgrade with 43 competing nations: San Marino and Azerbaijan are new, but Austria's decided to pull out because they reckon the whole thing's unfair.
  • Eurovision || Jaunted 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.jaunted.com [Source type: General]

^ Keith Brazil writes of such a place near Dundalk in Co.
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[5][6][7] .Since 2000, the Contest has also been broadcast over the Internet,[8] with more than 74,000 people in almost 140 countries having watched the 2006 edition online.^ Renesanz organizes big raves for more than 2000 people.

^ Bild am Sonntag newspaper after Germany had yet another horrendous showing inthe annual contest watched by more than 100 million viewers.
  • gulfnews : Russian singer Bilan wins Eurovision song contest 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC gulfnews.com [Source type: News]

^ Additionally, since the jury vote was just included with the televote in the score presentations, people are wondering how much the jury affected the outcome of the contest.

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Origins

.In the 1950s, as a war-torn Europe rebuilt itself, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)—based in Switzerland—set up an ad-hoc committee to search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a "light entertainment programme".[10] At a committee meeting held in Monaco in January 1955, director general of Swiss television and committee chairman Marcel Bezençon conceived the idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television programme, to be transmitted simultaneously to all countries of the union.^ This is a talent search contest for all the countries of Europe.

^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

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[10][11] .The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy,[12] and was also seen as a technological experiment in live television: as in those days, it was a very ambitious project to join many countries together in a wide-area international network.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ It is a feast of universal music, and many colourful nations cheering together under one sky!

^ The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs, in order to find the most popular song in the competition.
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.Satellite television did not exist, and the so-called Eurovision Network comprised a terrestrial microwave network.^ As is the long tradition in Britain, the television commentary for the final of the Eurovision song contest did not take the proceedings 100% seriously.
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[13] .The concept, then known as "Eurovision Grand Prix", was approved by the EBU General Assembly in at a meeting held in Rome on 19 October 1955 and it was decided that the first contest would take place in spring 1956 in Lugano, Switzerland.^ Eurovision Song Contest (Grand Prix d' Eurovision de la Chanson) .
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^ The Reference Group have developed a 2007-2011 a marketing, development and security plan for the contest which has already been approved by the EBU TV committee and has received a warm welcome by the Heads of Delegations during the March meeting in Helsinki.

^ The final phase will take place on 3rd October 20.15 CEST, and it will be broadcasted on RIK1, RIKsat and online on the official CyBC website .
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[10] The name "Eurovision" was first used in relation to the EBU's network by British journalist George Campey in the London Evening Standard in 1951.[11]
.The first Contest was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on 24 May 1956. Seven countries participated—each submitting two songs, for a total of 14. This was the only Contest in which more than one song per country was performed: since 1957 all Contests have allowed one entry per country.^ All entries have to be performed in Macedonian.
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^ It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest.

^ In 1956 she was the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest, in which she sang for Switzerland.
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.The 1956 Contest was won by the host nation, Switzerland.^ Evdokia won the Cypriot national selection by a narrow margin, and will take her charismatic performance of Femme Fatale to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Belgrade.

^ In 1956 she was the winner of the very first Eurovision Song Contest, in which she sang for Switzerland.
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^ She had also been in the German national final of that year (see: Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956); she returned to the contest again for Switzerland in 1957 and 1958.
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[14]
.The programme was first known as the "Eurovision Grand Prix". This "Grand Prix" name was adopted by the Francophone countries, where the Contest became known as "Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne".[15] The "Grand Prix" has since been dropped and replaced with "Concours" (contest) in these countries.^ Eurovision Song Contest (Grand Prix d' Eurovision de la Chanson) .
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^ Le décor de la scène .
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^ Concours Eurovision de la chanson (fr) .
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.The Eurovision Network is used to carry many news and sports programmes internationally, among other specialised events organised by the EBU.[16] However, in the minds of the public, the name "Eurovision" is most closely associated with the Song Contest.^ Eurovision Song Contest (bs,sv) .
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^ Longitude is a useful guide to the likely winner of the Eurovision song contest...
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^ Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007 .
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Format

.The format of the Contest has changed over the years, though the basic tenets have always been thus: participant countries submit songs, which are performed live in a television programme transmitted across the Eurovision Network by the EBU simultaneously to all countries.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ EBU intends to license the format of the Eurovision Song Contest across the world.

^ Connections, cliques, and compatibility between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.
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[17] .A "country" as a participant is represented by one television broadcaster from that country: typically, but not always, that country's national public broadcasting organisation.^ A representative from each country reports the national televote.
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^ A committee appointed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority had chosen her as their nomination to represent the nation in this particular contest.

^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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.The programme is hosted by one of the participant countries, and the transmission is sent from the auditorium in the host city.^ We are organizing a non-political event and if the hosting country is able to ensure the safety of participants, there is no reason why it should not be allowed to host the finals," said Stockselius.
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^ Host Country/ City .
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.During this programme, after all the songs have been performed, the countries then proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs: nations are not allowed to vote for their own song.^ Currently countries are forbidden to vote for their own songs.
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^ You shouldn't be allowed to vote for your own country, irrespective of where you are.
  • Eurovision is 'rubbish', Terry Wogan tells European broadcasters | Media | guardian.co.uk 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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[18] .At the end of the programme, the winner is declared as the song with the most points.^ Towards the end of the song, there is most definitely a key change.

^ Yuriy’s song is the most hyped JESC entry ever, one which many people are proclaiming will be the winner for sure, is revolutionary.
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^ Anastasia Prichodko, who was singing the song "Mamo" for Russia , ended in 11th position (91 points).
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.The winner receives, simply, the prestige of having won—although it is usual for a trophy to be awarded to the winning songwriters, and the winning country is invited to host the event the following year.^ In a televised event watched by 100 million people around the world this weekend, 23-year-old Serbian contestant Marija Serifovic beat out participants from 42 European countries to win the 52nd annual Eurovision Song Contest , hosted in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Marija Serifovic Wins 2007 Eurovision Song Contest | AfterEllen.com 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.afterellen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sakis Rouvas is no stranger to the Eurovision, having sung at the contest for Greece in 2004 and even co-hosted the event in Athens back in 2006.

^ Norway to win, followed by Greece, then Turkey google.com ’s “ predictor gadget ” is currently predicting Turkey to win, followed by Norway, then Greece Personally, I think the winner is going to be either Norway or Turkey.

[14]
.The programme is invariably opened by one or more presenters, welcoming viewers to the show.^ Looks like viewers in the Benelux countries have one more option for their Eurovision parties this year.
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^ Anywhoo, what I've noticed is that the shows written by one or two people 'work' much more effectively than the committee shows.
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.Most host countries choose to capitalise on the opportunity afforded them by hosting a programme with such a wide-ranging international audience, and it is common to see the presentation interspersed with video footage of scenes from the host nation, as if advertising for tourism.^ She currently works for Serbia's national television station, RTS, hosting the morning programme and has become the corporate face of the network.
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^ Mor Ve Ötesi sees 2008 as a year of action and opportunities, to take their already brilliant career further to reach new territories and wider audiences.

^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Between the songs and the announcement of the voting, an interval act is performed.^ The show moved quickly between each entry, with short video breaks in between each song to cover up the set-up time for each act.

^ Jade, 21, was chosen as the UK's entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, after winning a live public vote on BBC television, following her performance during the national final: "Eurovision: Your Country Needs You".
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^ After all of the entries were performed, voters were given 10 minutes to cast their votes, during which two recaps of all the songs were shown to remind everyone of the entries.

These acts can be any form of entertainment imaginable. Interval entertainment has included such acts as The Wombles (1974)[19] and the first international presentation of Riverdance (1994).[20]
.The theme music played before and after the broadcasts of the Eurovision Song Contest (and other Eurovision broadcasts) is the prelude to Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum.^ Eurovision Song Contest (bs,sv) .
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^ Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007 .
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^ Pop music, Eurovision Song Contest.
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.The Eurovision Song Contest final is traditionally held on a spring Saturday evening, at 19:00 UTC (20:00 BST, or 21:00 CEST).^ Eurovision Song Contest (bs,sv) .
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^ Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007 .
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^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008 .
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.Usually one Saturday in May is chosen, although the Contest has been held on a Thursday (in 1956)[21] and as early as March.^ The band has been chosen as the Finnish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and their third album Myrskyntuoja is to be released in Finland on March 19.

^ Society: 23 May 08 Sweden's Charlotte Perrelli has qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held in Belgrade on Saturday.
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^ Lifestyle: 8 May 07 Yes, it's that time of year again: the eyes of Europe will be on Helsinki on Saturday for the annual kitsch-fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest.
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Participation

.Eligible participants include Active Members (as opposed to Associate Members) of the EBU. Active members are those whose states fall within the European Broadcasting Area, or otherwise those who are members of the Council of Europe.^ Participants of the contest are members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
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^ From 21.00 to 00.15 CET (Moscow time: CET+2) Participants in the Grand Final : five countries have guaranteed places in the Grand Final: Russia (the Host Country), France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom (as major members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)).
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^ Declines to substitute 'anti-Putin' ditty Georgia has withdrawn from this year's Eurovision Song Contest after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) earlier this week ruled its entry We Don't Wanna Put In in contravention of the rule which states: "N...
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The European Broadcasting Area is defined by the International Telecommunication Union:[24]
.The "European Broadcasting Area" is bounded on the west by the western boundary of Region 1 (see below), on the east by the meridian 40° East of Greenwich and on the south by the parallel 30° North so as to include the western part of the USSR, the northern part of Saudi Arabia and that part of those countries bordering the Mediterranean within these limits.^ Other countries that have shown interest in taking part in the event include the likes of Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Syria and even Iraq!!!

^ These texts are about LIMITING women, tATu are about FREEING women, laughing in the faces of all those people who STILL try to limit women with such preposterous rules.
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^ Moreover, 4 cameras will be placed outside facing North, West, East, and South.
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In addition, Iraq, Jordan and that part of the territory of Turkey lying outside the above limits are included in the European Broadcasting Area.
.The western boundary of Region 1 is defined by a line running from the North Pole along meridian 10° West of Greenwich to its intersection with parallel 72° North; thence by great circle arc to the intersection of meridian 50° West and parallel 40° North; thence by great circle arc to the intersection of meridian 20° West and parallel 10° South; thence along meridian 20° West to the South Pole.^ Moreover, 4 cameras will be placed outside facing North, West, East, and South.
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.Active members include broadcasting organisations whose transmissions are made available to at least 98% of households in their own country which are equipped to receive such transmissions.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ Most countries in Europe have taken part at least once during the Contest's history, and such is the magnitude and scale of the Contest that the word "Eurovision" is one of the few household names to be recognised across an entire continent.
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^ Of coure, by now I'm used to us norwegians and our neighbours singing in english at least this time, about 50% of the countries sang in their own language..
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.If an EBU Active Member wishes to participate, they must fulfil conditions as laid down by the rules of the Contest (of which a separate copy is drafted annually).^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs, in order to find the most popular song in the competition.
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^ Contestants must cling hard to the theory that "the show must go on" as everything that can go wrong, will go wrong - stray animals, unpredictable weather conditions and a countdown buzzer.

.As of 2010, this includes the necessity to have broadcast the previous year's programme within their country, and paid the EBU a participation fee in advance of the deadline specified in the rules of the Contest for the year in which they wish to participate.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for the other countries' songs, in order to find the most popular song in the competition.
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^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

[citation needed]
.Eligibility to participate is not determined by geographic inclusion within the continent of Europe, despite the "Euro" in "Eurovision" — nor does it have any relation to the European Union.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ Despite the ridiculous block voting, Europe prove they have a sense of humour by voting Lordi as the winners of Eurovision 2006!
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^ Iraq is within the ITU European Broadcasting Area and therefore technically eligible to join the EBU and take part in the Eurovision, although they have done neither to date.

.Several countries geographically outside the boundaries of Europe have competed: Israel, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in Western Asia, since 1973, 1981, 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively; and Morocco, in North Africa, in the 1980 competition alone.^ Which country was the best in JESC 2007 and 2008?
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^ A spectacular live show, broadcast in several countries and worldwide over the internet through Eurovision.tv's esctv, marked the kick-off of Azerbaijan's new challenge; to conquer Europe's hearts through the Eurovision Song Contest!

^ I liked Cyprus most of all, but unfortunately they are out… Now I think Germany Sweden and Azerbaijan have potential to win EV-2008 .
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.In addition, Turkey and Russia, which are both transcontinental countries with most of their territory outside of Europe, have competed respectively since 1975 and 1994.^ I am surprised that outside of Russia, the Asian fans have been the most signficant group of people that have supported Tatu's music.
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^ Switzerland's DJ Bobo and Ireland's Dustin The Turkey were early favourites to win in 2007 and 2008 respectively, but both were knocked out at the Semi-Final stage.

^ Gyspies, or Roma as they are more usually called, are an ethnic minority present in countries across Europe from England to Russia.

[26]
.Fifty-one countries have participated at least once.^ Most countries in Europe have taken part at least once during the Contest's history, and such is the magnitude and scale of the Contest that the word "Eurovision" is one of the few household names to be recognised across an entire continent.
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[27] These are listed here alongside the year in which they made their début:
Participation since 1956:      Entered at least once      Never entered, although eligible to do so      Entry intended, but later withdrew
Year Country making its début entry
1956  Belgium,  France,  Germanya,  Italy,
 Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  Switzerland
1957  Austria,  Denmark,  United Kingdom
1958  Sweden
1959  Monaco
1960  Norway
1961  Finland,  Spain,  Yugoslaviab
1964  Portugal
1965  Ireland
1971  Malta
1973  Israel
1974  Greece
1975  Turkey
1980  Morocco
1981  Cyprus
1986  Iceland
1993  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Croatia,  Slovenia
1994  Estonia,  Hungary,  Lithuania,  Poland,
 Romania,  Russia,  Slovakia
1998  Macedonia
2000  Latvia
2003  Ukraine
2004  Albania,  Andorra,  Belarus,  Serbia and Montenegro
2005  Bulgaria,  Moldova
2006  Armenia
2007  Czech Republic,  Georgia,  Montenegro,  Serbia
2008  Azerbaijan,  San Marino
a) Before German reunification in 1990 occasionally presented as West Germany, representing the Federal Republic of Germany. East Germany (the German Democratic Republic) did not compete.
b) The entries presented as being from "Yugoslavia" represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, except for the 1992 entry, which represented the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. .Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia dissolved in 1991/1992 into five independent states: Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.^ N/A: not applicable (country cannot vote for itself), BH: Bosnia and Herzegovina, HR: Croatia, SL: Slovenia, GR: Greece, CY: Cyprus, RO: Romania, AL: Albania, MK: Macedonia, CS: Serbia and Montenegro, bloc total: total votes from Balkan Bloc, other total: total votes from all other countries, total: overall total in contest.
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^ I was surprised a little by the results; Turkey and Greece didn’t do as well as expected, and Bosnia and Herzegovina made it into the top 10.

^ In the 20th century, it was also the capital of several incarnations of Yugoslavia, up to 2006, when Serbia became an independent state again.
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Federal Republic of Yugoslavia changed it's name to Serbia and Montenegro in 2003 and finally dissolved in 2006, making two separate states Serbia and Montenegro.

Selection procedures

.Each country must submit one song to represent them in any given year they participate.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to go forward to represent the country in the international competition.
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^ That could be a problem as the phone voters only get to hear a song once before they must make their choice, so its saving grace could be the fact that 50% of the points for each country will be awarded by national juries this year.
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.The only exception to this was when each country submitted two songs in the inaugural Contest.^ Thereare only two songs that I like.
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^ The two countries aren’t entirely best of friends, and last year’s contest really should have been won by Ani Lorak, singing for Ukraine, but actually went to a far inferior song from Russia.
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.There is a rule which forbids any song being entered which has been previously commercially released or broadcast in public before a certain date relative to the Contest in question.^ She has previously successfully participated in many song contests, such as the New Wave and Slavyansky Bazar.

^ The viewers will have a chance to get familiar with the new songs long before the release date of the album.
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^ They then have a live performance of each song, and at the end there is a *lengthy* vote casting section where each country votes for it's neighbours or political allies, and completely ignores the quality of the songs in question.
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[28]
.Countries may select their songs by any means, whether by an internal decision of the participating broadcaster or a public contest that allows the country's public to televote between several songs.^ Connections, cliques, and compatibility between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to go forward to represent the country in the international competition.
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.The EBU encourages broadcasters to use the latter, as this generates more publicity for the contest.^ I guess in past years the contest has been much longer, so the general public appreciated a relatively quicker show.

^ Here, a more exact simulation of the history of the contest is used, with no assumptions about distributions and with empirical calculation of significance thresholds.
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^ Such a case is the Eurovision Song Contest (henceforth referred to simply as "the contest"), an annual competition between member states of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
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.These public selections are known as national finals.^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

^ One of these songs brought victory to Ishtar, when they won the Belgian national final on 9th March in Brussels.

^ According to Florian KOHLER (Head of Delegation) there was no national finals in their homeland – the swiss broadcaster selected for the Lovebugs to represent Switzerland at the song contest.

[29]
.Some countries' national finals are as big as—if not bigger than—the international Eurovision Song Contest itself, involving many songs being submitted to national semi-finals.^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008 .
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^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

^ Why is the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 being held in Belgrade?
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[30] .The Swedish national final, Melodifestivalen (literally, "The Song Festival") includes 32 songs being performed over four semi-finals, played to huge audiences in arenas around the country, before the final show in Stockholm.^ This play is currently being performed in Barcelona.

^ Jade, 21, was chosen as the UK's entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, after winning a live public vote on BBC television, following her performance during the national final: "Eurovision: Your Country Needs You".
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^ The semi finals were just crazy, not one Western European country in the bunch.
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This has become the most-watched programme of the year in Sweden.[31] .In Spain, the reality show Operación Triunfo started in 2002; the winners of the first three seasons proceeded to represent the country at Eurovision.^ Third, I still find it really interesting how countries choose to represent themselves in terms of music and performers.

^ After a controversial final vote process (former Soviet Union Countries, Balkan countries and other neighbour countries voted between them), Russia won the Eurovision contest for the first time.

^ Patricia Bredin (born 1934) from Hull, England was the first United Kingdom representative in the Eurovision Song Contest.
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[32]
.Regardless of the method used to select the entry, the song's details must be finalised and submitted to the EBU before a deadline some weeks before the international Contest.^ Over the years, the Song Contest has grown from a mere televisual experiment into an international institution of mammoth proportions.
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^ Take a trip back to 1974, when one of the most successful careers was launched by the Eurovision Song Contest: ABBA. Relive, once again, their ESC entry "Waterloo", along with a selection of their most famous songs - ever!
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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[33].

Hosting

.Most of the expense of the contest is covered by commercial sponsors and contributions from the other participating nations.^ One of the first steps in Bilan's career was his participation in the Jurmala contest, the most important music contest in Eastern Europe.

^ One of the most exciting projects is the contest's expansion to other world markets.

^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

.The contest is considered to be a unique opportunity for promoting the host country as a tourist destination.^ The EU government has taken this opportunity to promote equal opportunities between the EU countries and to embrace each others diversities!

In the summer of 2005, Ukraine abolished its normal visa requirement for visitors from the EU to coincide with its hosting of the event.[34]
Globen, Stockholm: host of Eurovision 2000.
.Preparations for the event start a matter of weeks after the host wins in the previous year, and confirms to the EBU that they intend to—and have the capacity to—host the event.^ I was wrong the the Eurovision this year started already (I think at 10PM) but even still it isn’t prime time (8PM) and I remember previous years when it was late at night.
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^ One year in the making and they haven't even started yet ;) .
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^ Preparations are already under way with all participating acts confirming availability should they win.

[citation needed] A host city is chosen—usually the capital—and a suitable concert venue. .The largest concert venue was a football stadium in CopenhagenParken—which held approximately 38,000 people when Denmark were the 2001 hosts.^ If it is indeed Belgrade, the venue will most likely be at the Beogradska Arena sks Belgrade Arena which seats approximately 23,000 people.

^ The St. Petersburg concert hall can house 30,000 people...
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[14] .The smallest town to have been hosts was Millstreet in County Cork, Ireland, in 1993. The village had a population of 1,500[35]—although the Green Glens Arena venue could hold up to 8,000 people.^ If it is indeed Belgrade, the venue will most likely be at the Beogradska Arena sks Belgrade Arena which seats approximately 23,000 people.

^ Isis was no stranger to the stage and throughout the years was also singing in various large arenas for crowds of 65,000 people.

^ Even this one, although it could do with darkening up a heck of a lot of The Waspvicar Did It.
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[36]
.The hotel and press facilities in the vicinity are always a consideration when choosing a host city and venue.^ We are always deeply involved with security measures, closely cooperating with the host city authories who take security very, very serious.

[37] .In Kiev 2005, hotel rooms were scarce as the Contest organisers asked the Ukrainian government to put a block on bookings they did not control themselves through official delegation allocations or tour packages: this led to many people's hotel bookings being cancelled.^ Nice to see Ireland trying to 'save' the contest, even though they did it more damage than any other countries in the 90s!
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^ Because the room in the hotel they're using as a studio is called 'The Peking Room" isn't it, (or is it the hotel itself?
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^ Even though they did not go through, we feel the following performances were absolutely brilliant and deserve a mention: .

[38]

Eurovision Week

.The term "Eurovision Week" is used to refer to the week during which the Contest takes place.^ We hope that after our performance the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest will take place at Cyprus”, was the confident opening statement of Evi Papamichael, the Head of Press of the Cypriot team at their first press conference.

^ Terry Wogan today told a gathering of European broadcasters to stop taking the Eurovision Song Contest so seriously as "everybody knows it is rubbish".
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^ Martina is a real Eurovision cosmopolitan: this is her fourth contest, and although in previous years she was back singer and now she will take center stage.

[39] .As it is a live show, the Eurovision Song Contest requires the performers to have perfected their acts in rehearsals in order for the big night to run smoothly.^ Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007 .
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^ The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world.

^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008 .
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.In addition to rehearsals in their home countries, every participant is given the opportunity to rehearse on the stage in the Eurovision auditorium.^ I’m happy to have the opportunity to perform on stage; I really enjoy it every time,” she said.

^ However, since the introduction of the two-stage contest in 2004, all countries participating in the semi-final and final have been able to vote, regardless of whether or not they qualified for the final.
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^ Eurovision is a contest where every European country sends 3 minutes of either camp or ethno, badly-sung pop music, which is then voted on and the country with the most neighbours wins.
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.These rehearsals are held during the course of several days before the Saturday show, and consequently the delegations arrive in the host city many days before the event.^ I had the backstage feed on my computer monitor for five hours (one hour before + event + one hour after) while watching the standard show on tv...
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^ The German delegation said that the viewers should be ready for surprise: the duo’s show at the finals will differ from what we saw during the rehearsal.

.This means, in turn, journalists and fans are also present during the preceding days, and the events of Eurovision last a lot longer than a few hours of television.^ Collusion during the jury era was limited to a few transient partnerships, of which only the Greece-Cyprus and Croatia-Malta partnerships lasted longer than one five-year window of analysis.
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^ Eurovision has been pretty poor for the last few years.
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^ After hours of travelling and a few days of holidays, we will finally be arriving in Helsinki tomorrow!!

.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] A number of officially accredited hotels are selected for the delegations to stay in, and shuttle-bus services are used to transport the performers and accompanying people to and from the Contest venue.^ Evdokia won the Cypriot national selection by a narrow margin, and will take her charismatic performance of Femme Fatale to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Belgrade.

^ Her performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will be the first time when she will break this promise.

^ The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 In 2008, Russia won the Eurovision Song Contest with singer Dima Bilan, who performed the song "Believe".
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[40]
.Each participating broadcaster nominates a Head of Delegation, whose job it is to coordinate the movements of the delegate members, and who acts as that country's representative to the EBU in the host city.^ A committee appointed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority had chosen her as their nomination to represent the nation in this particular contest.

^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ Roberto Meloni, a singer who represented Latvia at the Eurovison Song Contest in 2007 as a member of the group Bonaparti.lv.

[28] .Members of the delegations include performers, lyricists, composers, official press officers and—in the years where songs were performed with a live orchestra—a conductor.^ The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winners The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), in which participating countries each submit a song to be performed on live television; then proceed to cast votes for t...
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^ Last year in October I got a phone call from Moscow and I was invited to perform this song.

^ Once again Denmark raises the bar at the Eurovision with an accomplished performance by Niels Brinck and his song Believe Again, co-written by former Boyzone member Ronan Keating.

.Also present if desired is a commentator: each broadcaster may supply their own commentary for their TV and/or radio feed, to be broadcast in each country.^ Comments posted by: David Scott at May 21, 2005 09:47 PM Those two presenters are like Thunderbirds puppets.
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^ The European Broadcasting Union verified that 43 countries would present their songs in Belgrade.
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^ He has performed at every major club in his country as well as on many big raves and various radio and TV shows.

The commentators are given dedicated commentary booths situated around the back of the arena behind the audience.[citation needed]

Rehearsals and press conferences

Estonia rehearsing at the 2006 Contest.
.Traditionally, delegations would arrive on the Sunday before the Contest, in order to be present for rehearsals starting on the Monday morning.^ Representatives of the delegation promised that this artist would appear at the next rehearsal.

.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] However, with the introduction of the semi-final—and therefore the resulting increase in the number of countries taking part—since 2004 the first rehearsals have commenced during the week before Eurovision Week.^ However, since the introduction of the two-stage contest in 2004, all countries participating in the semi-final and final have been able to vote, regardless of whether or not they qualified for the final.
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^ Jade, 21, was chosen as the UK's entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, after winning a live public vote on BBC television, following her performance during the national final: "Eurovision: Your Country Needs You".
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^ Check the Betting Odds leading into the First Semi-Final Betting Odds .

.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The countries taking part in the semi-final currently rehearse over four days from the first Thursday to the Sunday, with two rehearsal periods allowed for each country.^ Check the Betting Odds leading into the First Semi-Final Betting Odds .

^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

^ Sunday here in Israel which isn’t a weekend like in christian countries but a normal day.
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.The countries which have already directly qualified for the grand final rehearse on the Monday and Tuesday of Eurovision Week.^ The popular puppet will now go on to represent Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday 20th of May.

^ However, since the introduction of the two-stage contest in 2004, all countries participating in the semi-final and final have been able to vote, regardless of whether or not they qualified for the final.
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^ In addition to these 19 countries, host country Russia and the other two members of the “Big Four”, France and Spain, will be voting in this semi-final (all three have already qualified for the final).

[41]
Switzerland hosting a press conference at Eurovision 2006.
.After each country has rehearsed, the delegation meets with the show's artistic director in the video viewing room.^ The German delegation said that the viewers should be ready for surprise: the duo’s show at the finals will differ from what we saw during the rehearsal.

^ Her credits include two solo shows on the country’s central stage, ten albums, one single, biographical film, and 23 videos.

^ Of these the stage show videos are probably more important as they give you a better idea of what to expect from each country in Moscow.

.Here, they watch the footage of the rehearsal just performed, discussing camera angles, lighting and choreography, in order to try to achieve maximum æsthetic effect on television.^ This was my first time watching a full round of performances, rather than just individual entries.

^ The Song Contest has long ago ceased to be purely about the quality of the song and its lyrics - being a Television show, the performance is just as important, if not more so.

^ These however, concern other aspects such as the influence of performance order on scores and the difference between televoting and jury voting, and will not be further discussed.
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.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] At this point the Head of Delegation may make known any special requirements needed for the performance, and request them from the host broadcaster.^ Eurovision Song Contest finalists 2009 15 May 2009: See all the finalists in this Eurovision Song Contest - who will get nul points?
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^ According to Florian KOHLER (Head of Delegation) there was no national finals in their homeland – the swiss broadcaster selected for the Lovebugs to represent Switzerland at the song contest.

^ Mor Ve Ötesi also did a special acoustic performance for MTV Turkey at the niche Istanbul club Ghetto, which was aired as a special broadcast by the network.

.Following this meeting, the delegation hold a press conference where members of the accredited press may pose them questions.^ The first press-conference of Eurovision - 2009 was given by the Montenegro delegation.

^ You may well remember Tatu's press conference at the beginning of the year where Shapovalov was saying that the album is ready, let alone that the songs were chosen...beginning of the year...
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^ At the Finnish press conference most questions were about the unusual staging of the Waldo’s People’s song.

[41] .The rehearsals and press conferences are held in parallel; so one country holds its press conference, while the next one is in the auditorium rehearsing.^ Hadise Ready for Take Off on Stiletto Heels The first Turkish press conference was one of the best attended on the first day of rehearsals.

^ One of the most numerous teams of Eurovision-2009 gave its first press-conference.

^ Inspired by their first rehearsal, the performers from Bosnia and Herzegovina opened their press-conference by recounting the history of their song.

.A printed summary of the questions and answers which emerge from the press conferences is produced by the host press office, and distributed to journalists' pigeon-holes.^ At a press-conference they told journalists about their recent tour of Switzerland together with the Rolling Stones.

^ Alexander’s command of Russian was a pleasant surprise to the Russian and Belarusian journalists at the press conference.

^ At the Finnish press conference most questions were about the unusual staging of the Waldo’s People’s song.

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.Before each of the semi-finals, one or more full dress rehearsals are held.^ From the tickets section of the Eurovision website , tickets for the dress rehearsals cost from 7-40 euros (approximately $9-$54), tickets for the semi-finals cost 18-445 euros (approximately $24-$600), and tickets for the final cost 22-667 euros (approximately $30-$900).

^ The rationale for this is that semi-finals and finals in any one year cannot be interpreted as independent contests, since the voting patterns between the two are highly correlated.
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^ One dress I will remember forever was light green and had a full skirt.

.Since tickets to the live shows are often scarce, tickets are also sold in order that the public may attend these dress rehearsals.^ But in the end it doesn't even matter since the show is not live 24/7.
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^ Totally they will spend 40 hours of travelling in order to see the spectacular show live.

.Similarly, two or more full dress rehearsals are held after all semi-finals are finished, before the live transmission of the grand final on Saturday evening.^ From the tickets section of the Eurovision website , tickets for the dress rehearsals cost from 7-40 euros (approximately $9-$54), tickets for the semi-finals cost 18-445 euros (approximately $24-$600), and tickets for the final cost 22-667 euros (approximately $30-$900).

^ The rationale for this is that semi-finals and finals in any one year cannot be interpreted as independent contests, since the voting patterns between the two are highly correlated.
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^ Earlier this year, she hosted the Semi-Final allocation draw, which was broadcast live across Europe.
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Parties and Euroclub

.On the Monday evening of Eurovision Week, a Mayor's Reception is traditionally held, where the city administration hosts a celebration that Eurovision has come to their city.^ Jovana Jankovic and Zeljko Joksimovic hosted all three evenings of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.
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^ Serbia's Winning 2007 Eurovision Song Eurovision 2008: The Hosts Host Zeljko Joksimovic In Action Essential Eurovision Song Contest Collections Eurovision Host City: Belgrade more...
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^ Eurovision Host City: Belgrade .
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This is usually held in a grand municipally-owned location in the city centre. .All delegations are invited, and the party is usually accompanied by live music, complimentary food and drink and—in recent years—fireworks.^ At the age of 9, he and his large family moved to the town of Hirtshals in North Jutland where he lived until he moved to Copenhagen four years ago in order to be able to focus more on his music.

^ Let's face it all the way from France to Russia and beyond these guys live in a time warp horrendous music and horrendous clothing.
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^ Live Theatre was also a huge passion for Isis, and she spent her childhood years participating in various live musicals.By the time she was 12 years old, she was earning money as a professional singer.

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.After the semi-final and grand final there are after-show parties, held either in a facility in the venue complex or in another suitable location within the city.^ Gamecards are available here: - First Semi-Final (Friday 7.30pm) - Second Semi-Final (Saturday 7.30pm) A Gamecard for Sunday's Grand Final will appear online by Sunday Morning.

^ There's some pics from this year's semi-finals as well.
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^ Our Tip : despite a catchy pop song and great music video, Kejsi really needs to improve her stage show if she is to make to the Grand Final.

[44]
.A Euroclub is held every night of the week; a Eurovision-themed nightclub, to which all accredited personnel are invited.^ All songs in every Eurovision deserve nul points.
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During the week many delegations have traditionally hosted their own parties in addition to the officially-sponsored ones. However, in the new millennium the trend has been for the national delegations to centralise their activity and hold their celebrations in the Euroclub.[45]

Voting

.The voting systems used in the Contest have changed throughout the years.^ They mainly talked about the changes they noticed in this year’s contest and what they’ve been doing ever since winning the contest.

^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ This system was put into place to counter the voting blocks, in hopes of making the contest more fair.

.The modern system has been in place since 1975, and is a positional voting system.^ Since 1975, the voting system has worked as follows.
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^ This system was put into place to counter the voting blocks, in hopes of making the contest more fair.

.Countries award a set of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally 12 to other songs in the competition — with the favourite song being awarded 12 points.^ The points awarded from each country to each other country were tabulated for each year.
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^ Each country awards its favourite song 12 points, the second favourite 10 points, the third 8 points, and then a further 7 songs in descending order from 7 to 1 points.
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^ You score ten points if you solve the clue and identify the country during their performance, or the maximum twelve points if you can solve a clue before that country's song has begun.

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.Historically, a country's set of votes was decided by an internal jury, but in 1997 five countries (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom) experimented with televoting, giving members of the public in those countries the opportunity to vote en-masse for their favourite songs.^ Before 2004, only those countries participating in that year's contest were allowed to vote in that contest.
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^ They then have a live performance of each song, and at the end there is a *lengthy* vote casting section where each country votes for it's neighbours or political allies, and completely ignores the quality of the songs in question.
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^ If voting is really on the artistic merit of the song, then over a long period of time any country's vote should approximate to a random distribution among the other countries, as songs will vary in quality from year to year and country to country.
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.The experiment was a success,[47] and from 1998 onwards all countries were encouraged to use televoting wherever possible.^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

.Back-up juries are still utilised by each country, in the event of the televoting failure.^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

^ Even though the incorporation of jury voting was in attempts to break up the traditional voting blocks, overall countries with positive political and cultural affiliations still tended to vote for each other.

^ Eurovision is an annual music event where a lot of countries in Europe (most of which we've barely heard of), come up with a song each.
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.Nowadays members of the public may also vote by SMS, in addition to televoting.^ Additionally, since the jury vote was just included with the televote in the score presentations, people are wondering how much the jury affected the outcome of the contest.

^ One might therefore expect collusion to have been greater in the jury era, and to have disappeared as large numbers of individual members of the public were permitted to vote by telephone.
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Presentation of votes

Electronic scoreboard, as Johnny Logan announces the Irish votes in 2004.
.After the interval act is over, when all the points have been calculated, the presenter(s) of the show call upon each voting country in turn to invite them to announce the results of their vote.^ Once all of the countries’ results were announced the final placement was confirmed: .

^ The points were awarded by national juries until the mid-90s, after which telephone voting increasingly became the norm, effectively turning the entire interested population of each country into that country's jury.
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^ Each country had a representative announce the country’s results, which were added to the score board as the results came in.

Prior to 1994 the announcements were made over telephone lines; with the audio being piped into the auditorium for the audience to hear, and over the television transmission. .With the advent of more reliable satellite networks, from 1994 onwards voting spokespeople have appeared on camera from their respective countries to read out the votes.^ On the other hand, many western countries appear to be on the brink of pulling out of the contest permanently, as Italy and Luxemburg already have.
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.July 2009" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Often the opportunity is taken by each country to show their spokesperson standing in front of a backdrop which includes a famous place in that country.^ The EU government has taken this opportunity to promote equal opportunities between the EU countries and to embrace each others diversities!

^ Her credits include two solo shows on the country’s central stage, ten albums, one single, biographical film, and 23 videos.

.Votes are read out in ascending order, culminating with the maximum 12 points.^ Likewise the United Kingdom awarded the maximum 12 points to Ireland in 1993, at a prior probability of 1/24, or 0.042.
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^ Each country awards its favourite song 12 points, the second favourite 10 points, the third 8 points, and then a further 7 songs in descending order from 7 to 1 points.
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^ West Germany won the contest in 1982, when it exchanged maximum 12 points with Israel (who came 2nd).
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.The scores are repeated by the Contest's presenters in English and French, which has given rise to the famous "douze points" exclamation when the host repeats the top score in French.^ It’s enough to give you a lot of energy.” At this year’s contest Adok presents the song ‘Dance with me’ in English.

^ Cheese Pre-contest hot favourite Dustin the Turkey won the Irish final with the song Irelande Douze Pointe.

^ Depending on which country was being presented, it was relatively easy to predict to whom they were going to award their top scores.

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.From 1957 to 1962, the participating countries were called in reverse order of the presentation of their songs, and from 1963 to 2003, each country was called in the same order in which their song had been presented.^ Belgium’s participants in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest are a group called Ishtar (photo: Bart Musschoot), named after the Babylonian goddess of love.

^ Gyspies, or Roma as they are more usually called, are an ethnic minority present in countries across Europe from England to Russia.

^ He participated in many musical contests as a child, in Montenegro and abroad, and he even won many of these contests and festivals, as the songs he was presenting became instant hits.

.Since 2004, the order of the countries' announcements of votes has changed since the inception of the semi-final, and the countries that did not make it to the final each year could also vote.^ Just one of the 10 that I would have voted for failed to make the finals, and it’s not one of the ones I was felt strongly about, so overall I was not surprised by the results of this round.

^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

^ They mainly talked about the changes they noticed in this year’s contest and what they’ve been doing ever since winning the contest.

In 2004, the countries were called in alphabetical order (according to their ISO codes).[49] .In 2005, the votes from the non-qualifying semi-finalists were announced first, in their running order on the Thursday night; then the finalists gave their votes in their own order of performance.^ After watching this first semi-final, I’m pretty excited to see the second semi-final on Thursday, as well as the final on Saturday.

^ After last years miserable performance though, Ireland have to qualify for the final and will take part in a semi final on Tuesday....the voting trend there will indicate how big a chance Dustin actually has.
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^ Bosnia and Herzegovina scored surprisingly high in the semi-finals, probably more from sympathy votes than votes for the actual performance.

.Since 2006, a separate draw has been held to determine the order in which countries would present their votes.^ Additionally, since the jury vote was just included with the televote in the score presentations, people are wondering how much the jury affected the outcome of the contest.

^ I would have thought that since the host country is Russia, all the hosts would speak in their native language.

^ I would like to add I dislike giving votes to countries who don't sing in their own languages.
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.From 1971 to 1973, each country sent two jurors, who were actually present at the Contest venue (though the juries in 1972 were locked away in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle) and announced their votes as the camera was trained on them.^ Additionally, since the jury vote was just included with the televote in the score presentations, people are wondering how much the jury affected the outcome of the contest.

^ Then Ireland won it four times in five years or something and the guys who organise it, fearing that Ireland would run away with the contest for years to come, decided to change it from a jury vote to a public vote...also they wanted to make money for the show.
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^ Out of 450 entries, Israeli broadcasters IBA and Channel 2 hand-picked five songs for Boaz, who will represent the country at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

In 1973 one of the Swiss jurors made a great show of presenting his votes with flamboyant gestures. This system was retired for the next year.[47]
.In 1956 no public votes were presented: a closed jury simply announced that Switzerland had won.^ Additionally, since the jury vote was just included with the televote in the score presentations, people are wondering how much the jury affected the outcome of the contest.

^ One might therefore expect collusion to have been greater in the jury era, and to have disappeared as large numbers of individual members of the public were permitted to vote by telephone.
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^ He entered the showbiz world singing at Nota Fest in 2001 and won the first prize, which was the first time for a newcomer to win the majority of votes of the jury and the audience.

[citation needed] From 1957 to 1987, the points were displayed on a physical scoreboard to the side of the stage. As digital graphic technology progressed, the physical scoreboards were superseded in 1988 by an electronic representation which could be displayed on the TV screen at the will of the programme's director.[51]
.In 2006, the EBU decided to conserve time during the broadcast—much of which had been taken up with the announcement of every single point—because there was an ever-increasing number of countries voting.^ A third possibility is that collusive voting has increased because voters have realised that it increases their own country's chance of winning the contest.
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^ Additionally, the number for Azerbaijan to use to vote for Armenia was apparently censored from the country’s broadcast to prevent people from voting for Armenia’s entry.

^ Because it takes a lot of time to scrunch up that much pink toilet paper and staple it to your chest.
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.From then onwards, the points from 1–7 were flashed up onto the screen automatically, and the announcers only read out the 8, 10 and 12 points individually.^ Comments posted by: Pete at May 21, 2005 10:20 PM You can still get 12-1 on the UK getting no points...
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^ If I had been voting, here’s how I would have scored the entries, using the Eurovision point system (12, 10, and then 8 down to 1).

^ Sweden's victory in 1999 included two maximum 12 scores from Norway and Estonia and 10 points from Iceland and Denmark (Table 5).
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.The voting is presided over by the EBU scrutineer, who is responsible for ensuring that all points are allocated correctly and in turn.^ Who knows, maybe then he gets murdered and it all turns into a musical episode of CSI. Ooh, CSI's on.
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^ Eurovision Song Contest finalists 2009 15 May 2009: See all the finalists in this Eurovision Song Contest - who will get nul points?
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^ I was about to write something about Moldova voting highly for all on their borders, but really, what's the point?
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.The scrutineer is notified in advance of the results of the last five countries in the running-order of voting, to ensure that no foul play can take place in the form of tactical voting; where for example a country could change its votes after seeing how the trend has gone before them on the scoreboard.^ Celebrations are taking place all over the country!

^ He's smart and so it takes a while before he plays his hand.
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^ Your post made me laugh - seeing as how it was badly constructed and made no sense.
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Ties for first place

.In 1969, a tie-break system had not yet been conceived, and four countries all tied for first place based on their total numbers of points: France, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.^ Celebrations are taking place all over the country!

^ Table 1: Collusive voting between the United Kingdom (GB) and France (FR) over the period 1975-1980.
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^ I think the rest of the top 10 will be made up of (in no particular order) Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Greece, Armenia, Germany, France, Iceland, and Spain.

.Since there was no predetermined set of rules to decide the winner, all four countries were declared as winners.^ I would have thought that since the host country is Russia, all the hosts would speak in their native language.

^ However, since the introduction of the two-stage contest in 2004, all countries participating in the semi-final and final have been able to vote, regardless of whether or not they qualified for the final.
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^ All around the country, people are out at parties - some fancy dress, no less - getting drunk, and shouting at the telly.
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.This caused much discontent among most of the non-winning countries, and mass-walkouts were threatened.^ Eurovision is a contest where every European country sends 3 minutes of either camp or ethno, badly-sung pop music, which is then voted on and the country with the most neighbours wins.
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^ Each country sends their best and most gifted singer hoping for them to win the title.

.Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal did not participate in the 1970 Contest as a protest against the results of the previous year.^ Before 2004, only those countries participating in that year's contest were allowed to vote in that contest.
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^ The Euroband was established in March 2006 by Friðrik Ómar and Regína Ósk who had both participated in the Icelandic National Song Contest earlier that year.

^ Erichsen has previously criticised Wogan for not showing the contest enough respect, saying before last year's show: "Terry Wogan is a problem because he makes it look ridiculous.
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This prompted the EBU to introduce a tie-break rule.[52][53]
.In the event of a tie for first place at the end of the evening, a count is made of the total number of countries who awarded any points at all to each of the tied countries; and the one who received points from the most countries is declared the winner.^ Celebrations are taking place all over the country!

^ He brought Who back in the first place and made it a success.
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^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

.If the numbers are still tied, it is counted how many sets of maximum marks (12 points) each country received.^ However, it’s unfortunate that the strategy taken up by many countries is to ignore cultural ties and to just go with a flashy song that could be from anywhere, just to win.

^ You score ten points if you solve the clue and identify the country during their performance, or the maximum twelve points if you can solve a clue before that country's song has begun.

^ Comments posted by: Pete at May 21, 2005 10:20 PM You can still get 12-1 on the UK getting no points...
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.If there is still a tie, the numbers of 10-point scores awarded are compared—and then the numbers of 8-points, all the way down the list.^ And there'e me thinking that it was all about the points.
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^ Comments posted by: Pete at May 21, 2005 10:20 PM You can still get 12-1 on the UK getting no points...
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^ Sweden's victory in 1999 included two maximum 12 scores from Norway and Estonia and 10 points from Iceland and Denmark (Table 5).
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.In the extremely unlikely event of there then still being a tie for first place, the song performed earliest in the running order is declared the winner.^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

^ We hope that after our performance the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest will take place at Cyprus”, was the confident opening statement of Evi Papamichael, the Head of Press of the Cypriot team at their first press conference.

^ Her performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will be the first time when she will break this promise.

The same tie-break rule now applies to ties for all places.[54]
.As of 2010, the only time since 1969 when two or more countries have tied for first place on total points alone was in 1991, when France and Sweden both totalled 146 points.^ She started singing very early, she was only 5 years old the first time she took part in a concert in her hometown.

^ The true figure may be even higher, since it has not yet been possible to establish statistical significance of voting behaviour for the countries entering for the first time in the 2005 contest (since a single data point cannot establish any trend).
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^ I also think some of the stronger entries from the first half of the show would have placed better if they had performed later in the contest–I think the general audience had pretty much fogotten entries like Lithuania and Sweden by the time the Spain was performing.

.In 1991 the tie-break rules did not include counting the numbers of countries awarding any points at all to these countries, but began with tallying up the numbers of 12 points awarded.^ Belarus have awarded 12 points to Russia!
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^ These texts are about LIMITING women, tATu are about FREEING women, laughing in the faces of all those people who STILL try to limit women with such preposterous rules.
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^ The points awarded from each country to each other country were tabulated for each year.
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.Both France and Sweden had received four sets of 12 points.^ France = 12 point goes to Turkey.
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^ This was a slightly stronger collusion than that previously seen between the United Kingdom and France, and included consecutive maximum 12 points from West Germany to Sweden in 1983 and 1984 (see Table 2).
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^ Sweden's victory in 1999 included two maximum 12 scores from Norway and Estonia and 10 points from Iceland and Denmark (Table 5).
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.However, because Sweden had received more sets of 10 points, they were declared the winners.^ Sweden's victory in 1999 included two maximum 12 scores from Norway and Estonia and 10 points from Iceland and Denmark (Table 5).
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^ However, since countries can only vote in the contest for 10 other countries (12, 10, 8 and 7 to 1 points), a bloc of greater than 10 members might suffer from a lack of cohesion.
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^ However, the Viking Empire also awarded a total of 37 points to Russia, and Estonia broke ranks with the Empire to award more points to Russia (10 points) than it did to Denmark (8 points).
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.Had the current rule been in play, France would have won instead.^ If it was about being pro or anti war, then it stands to reason that France would have won.
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Rules

There are a number of rules which must be observed by the participating nations. .The rules are numerous and unabridged, and a separate draft is produced each year, which explicitly specifies the dates by which certain things must be done; for example the deadline by which all the participating broadcasters must submit the final recorded version of their song to the EBU. Many rules pertain to such matters as sponsorship agreements and rights of broadcasters to re-transmit the show within a certain time.^ During this show, Dima won three most prestigious awards for 'Best Performer', 'Best Song' and – for the third time in three years - 'Best Artist'.Dima’s first international album in English will be released in the United States later this year, and its Spanish version will be released in Latin America in 2008 as well.

^ One thing is certain, that a great investment is required to maintain the high standard and expand, something that EBU is ready for.

^ It has been arranged with the channel transmitting the show that live 45 minute broadcasts will take place up to the release date of the album.
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.The most notable rules which actually affect the format and presentation of the Contest have changed somewhat over the years, and are highlighted here.^ It’s enough to give you a lot of energy.” At this year’s contest Adok presents the song ‘Dance with me’ in English.

^ The unusual journey of 2 Hong Kongers to Euroland to witness the most sensational event of the year in Europe -- 2007 Eurovision Song Contest!!

^ Comparison of simulated histories with the actual history of the contest allows the identification of statistically significant changes in patterns of voting behaviour, without requiring a full mathematical solution.
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Hosting

.In 1958 it was decided that from then on, the winning country (France, at the time) would host the Contest the next year.^ A third possibility is that collusive voting has increased because voters have realised that it increases their own country's chance of winning the contest.
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^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ Then Ireland won it four times in five years or something and the guys who organise it, fearing that Ireland would run away with the contest for years to come, decided to change it from a jury vote to a public vote...also they wanted to make money for the show.
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[14] .The winner of the 1957 Contest was the Netherlands, and Dutch television accepted the responsibility of hosting in 1958. In all but five of the years since this rule has been in place, the winning country has hosted the show the following year.^ Celebrations are taking place all over the country!

^ A third possibility is that collusive voting has increased because voters have realised that it increases their own country's chance of winning the contest.
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^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

The exceptions are:
  • 1960—hosted by the BBC in London when the Netherlands declined due to expense. .The UK was chosen to host because it had come second in 1959.[47]
  • 1963—hosted by the BBC in London when France declined due to expense.^ I say suprisingly because, so much great music does come from the UK and it saddens me to see the UK group put on such an aweful performance.
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    .Although the UK had only come fourth in 1962, Monaco and Luxembourg (who came second and third) had also declined.^ Who can remember that really fit bird who came second or third, Ukraine I think it was?
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    ^ Dima was the hunk who took the honorable second place, conceding only to Finland, with a remarkable stage performance of his songNever Let You Go.

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  • .
  • 1972—hosted by the BBC in Edinburgh when Monaco was unable to provide a suitable venue: Monegasque television invited the BBC to take over due to its previous experience.^ This means we could see Australian participation in the first contest due in November 2009 - provided one of the Australian networks agrees to take part.

    [47]
  • 1974—hosted by the BBC in Brighton when Luxembourg declined due to expense. The BBC was becoming known as the host by default, if the winning country declined.[19]
  • .
  • 1980—hosted by NOS in The Hague when the Israel Broadcasting Authority declined due to expense, and the fact that the date chosen for the Contest (19 April) was Israel's Remembrance Day that year.^ The band has been chosen as the Finnish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and their third album Myrskyntuoja is to be released in Finland on March 19.

    ^ The day of the recording of the Grand Final, May 16, is the date when her mother died and for many years Patricia stayed true to her promise never perform on this day.

    ^ At the first Icelandic press conference singer Johanna first had to explain why she had chosen of the previous year’s Icelandic Eurovision contestants as a backing singer listen .

    .The Dutch offered to host the Contest after several other broadcasters (including the BBC) were unwilling to do so.^ Dot Eurovision ESC Today BBC Eurovision Page (2006) Eurovision Song Contest Official Site YLE - Finnish Broadcasters hosting the 2007 ESC Blog Archive .

    [47]
.The declinations due to expense were due to those broadcasters' already having hosted the Contest during the past couple of years.^ Sakis Rouvas is no stranger to the Eurovision, having sung at the contest for Greece in 2004 and even co-hosted the event in Athens back in 2006.

^ From my perspective though it matters not who’s won in the past but that this contest is already shaping up to be one of the most ‘political’ ever.
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^ The Serbian delegation took this chance to remind that it was Belgrade that hosted the last year’s contest.

.Since 1981, all Contests have been held in the country which won the previous year.^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ At the first Icelandic press conference singer Johanna first had to explain why she had chosen of the previous year’s Icelandic Eurovision contestants as a backing singer listen .

^ The rationale for this is that semi-finals and finals in any one year cannot be interpreted as independent contests, since the voting patterns between the two are highly correlated.
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Live music

.All vocals must be sung live: no voices are permitted on backing tracks.^ Sakis Rouvas is no stranger to the Eurovision, having sung at the contest for Greece in 2004 and even co-hosted the event in Athens back in 2006.

^ The No Angels will present their new song Disappear live and they have a very special reason for choosing the track A Song.

[54] .In 1999, the Croatian song featured sounds on their backing track which sounded suspiciously like human voices.^ I like her voice but most of her songs are not very catchy!
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^ The fresh-sounding new record has also been produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, whose vision with the new songs was to bring back the originality and roughness as well as add new elements to Teräsbetoni's sound.

^ I think that the musical track needs work but I really like how the lyrics sound phonetically and it is very catchy.
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.The Croatian delegation stated that there were no human voices, but only digitally-synthesised sounds which replicated vocals.^ According to Florian KOHLER (Head of Delegation) there was no national finals in their homeland – the swiss broadcaster selected for the Lovebugs to represent Switzerland at the song contest.

.The EBU nevertheless decided that they had broken the spirit of the rules, and docked them 33% of their points total that year as used for calculating their five-year points average for future qualification.^ For the years 2004 and 2005, an average value was obtained from the points awarded in the semi-final and the points awarded in the final.
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^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ This was a fairly weak partnership, with the United Kingdom awarding an average of 6.8 points to France over the 6 year period.
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From 1956 until 1998, it was necessary for the host country to provide a live orchestra for the use of the participants. .Prior to 1973, all music was required to be played by the host orchestra.^ He used to play folk music all over Gorazde's coffee places for money, and do rock'n'roll gigs.

From 1973 onwards, pre-recorded backing tracks were permitted—although the host country was still obliged to provide a live orchestra in order to give participants a choice. If a backing track was used, then all the instruments heard on the track were required to be present on the stage. In 1997 this requirement was dropped.[47]
In 1999 the rules were amended to abolish the requirement by the host broadcaster to provide a live orchestra, leaving it as an optional contribution.[33] .The host that year, Israel's IBA, decided not to use an orchestra in order to save on expenses, and 1999 became the first year in which all of the songs were played as pre-recorded backing tracks (in conjunction with live vocals).^ Maksud , said: ALL armenians know your song is disgusting , everybody in Armenia envy to Azerbaijan singers, we will be the first in Eurovision, InsaAllah .
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^ At the first Icelandic press conference singer Johanna first had to explain why she had chosen of the previous year’s Icelandic Eurovision contestants as a backing singer listen .

^ He began playing guitar and piano early on and wrote his first song when he was only ten.

.The orchestra has not since made an appearance at the Contest; the last time being in 1998 when the BBC hosted the show in Birmingham.^ Erichsen has previously criticised Wogan for not showing the contest enough respect, saying before last year's show: "Terry Wogan is a problem because he makes it look ridiculous.
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^ The timing for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is ideal since Hind in her search for songs for her new album, suddenly found the song, with which she shall represent the Netherlands in Belgrade.

^ The Serbian delegation took this chance to remind that it was Belgrade that hosted the last year’s contest.

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Language

.The rule requiring countries to sing in their own national language has been changed several times over the years.^ But after a campaign led by a DJ, Germans flocked into neighbouring countries to get round the rule forbidding viewers from voting for their country's own entry.
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^ Otherwise I spent the night cursing all nations who didn't sing in their own language Although I was very pleased with Norway, Sweden and Iceland doing well.
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^ She started singing very early, she was only 5 years old the first time she took part in a concert in her hometown.

.From 1956 until 1965, there was no rule restricting the languages in which the songs could be sung.^ There is no word from the organizers of the song contest, the European Broadcasting Union, as to whether a strip tease would fit in with their concept of family entertainment.

^ Producer of the leading artist Johanna Jonsdottir said that the song “Is it true?” had been written several years before but at that moment there was no place for it in the album.

^ According to Florian KOHLER (Head of Delegation) there was no national finals in their homeland – the swiss broadcaster selected for the Lovebugs to represent Switzerland at the song contest.

.However, in 1966 a rule was imposed stating that the songs must be performed in one of the official languages of the country participating, after Sweden presented its 1965 entry in English.^ It’s enough to give you a lot of energy.” At this year’s contest Adok presents the song ‘Dance with me’ in English.

^ He participated in many musical contests as a child, in Montenegro and abroad, and he even won many of these contests and festivals, as the songs he was presenting became instant hits.

^ At the first Israeli press conference the main question was related to the unusual combination of languages in which the song is performed: the composition of Israeli duet will sound in English, Hebrew and – for the first time on stage at the Eurovision– in Arabic listen .

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.The language restriction continued until 1973, when it was lifted and performers were again allowed to sing in any language they wished.^ A journalist from Russia continued the theme by asking the singers if when kids they ever had to sing standing on a chair in front of their relatives.

^ Next to European love songs, they write and perform songs in non-existent languages.

[56] Several winners in the mid-1970s took advantage of the newly-found allowance, with performers from non-English-speaking countries singing in English, including ABBA in 1974.
In 1977, the EBU decided to revert to the national language restriction. .However, special dispensation was given to Germany and Belgium as their national selections had already taken place - both countries' entries were in English.^ After a unique national selection process in Spain, where artists submitted their entries primarily through website MySpace, a televised national selection was held where the top songs chosen from MySpace were performed.

^ His international gigs have taken him to nearly 20 European countries including England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Malta and Cyprus, to name a few.

[57]
In 1999, the rule was changed again to allow the choice of language once more.[55] This linguistic allowance led to the Belgian entry in 2003, "Sanomi", being sung in an entirely fictional language.[58] .In 2006 the Dutch entry, "Amambanda", was sung partly in English and partly in an artificial language.^ This will be the first occasion when an Estonian Eurovision Song Contest entry hasn't been performed either in the Estonian or English language.

[58]; and in 2008, the Belgian entry, "O Julissi" was sung in an artificial language.[58]

Broadcasting

.Each participating broadcaster is required to broadcast the show in its entirety: including all songs, recap, voting and reprise, skipping only the interval act for advertising breaks if they wish.^ From the ten songs participating, Have Some Fun performed by Tereza Kerndlová was chosen by an SMS vote to represent the Czech Republic at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

^ Your audience should be in tune with your song.” Preview the Maltese Music Video and Stage Show Vote for Malta in the Australian Radio Televote .

^ The broadcasting time has been changed by STS. Now, the show will be shown only on Sunday evenings, 20.00 - 23.00.
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[54] .From 1999 onwards, broadcasters who wished to do so were given the opportunity to take more advertising breaks as short, non-essential hiatuses were introduced into the programme.^ Currently, he is taking an admission course to be admitted into the Danish police force, a job of his choosing, not only because he wishes to work with other people but also because his job as a lecturer on youth issues has given him an acute interest in police work.

[33] The Dutch state broadcaster pulled their broadcast of the 2000 final to provide emergency news coverage of a major incident, the Enschede fireworks disaster. This was technically a violation of the rule, but was done out of necessity.

Political recognition issues

.In 1978, during the performance of the Israeli entry, the Jordanian broadcaster JRTV suspended the broadcast and showed pictures of flowers.^ The reality show will be broadcasted by CTC channel during 2004.
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^ During the show, Boaz performed with worldwide famous Israeli singer and guitar player David Broza, giving a private interpretation to the hit song Seniorita.

^ The local final took place in Budapest, and during the show 15 songs were performed.

.When it became apparent during the later stages of the voting sequence that Israel was going to win the Contest, JRTV abruptly ended the transmission.^ A third possibility is that collusive voting has increased because voters have realised that it increases their own country's chance of winning the contest.
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^ Anyone catching the Ethno-punk with added granny might argue for their winning the European Bong Contest, but I'm going to keep out of that entirely.
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^ However, since the introduction of the two-stage contest in 2004, all countries participating in the semi-final and final have been able to vote, regardless of whether or not they qualified for the final.
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[47] Afterwards, the Jordanian news media refused to acknowledge the fact that Israel had won and announced that the winner was Belgium (which had actually come 2nd).[59]
In 2005, Lebanon intended to participate in the Contest. .However, Lebanese law does not allow recognition of Israel, and consequently Lebanese television did not intend to transmit the Israeli entry.^ Hundreds of Israel’s top songwriters and composers sent their best submissions to the national song contest which was broadcasted on prime time television on Israeli Channel 2.

.The EBU informed them that such an act would breach the rules of the Contest, and Lebanon was subsequently forced to withdraw from the competition.^ Such a case is the Eurovision Song Contest (henceforth referred to simply as "the contest"), an annual competition between member states of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
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.Their late withdrawal incurred a fine, since they had already confirmed their participation and the deadline had passed.^ Preparations are already under way with all participating acts confirming availability should they win.

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Other

.
  • In the first Contest in 1956, there was a recommended time limit of 3½ minutes per song.^ It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest.

    ^ Csézy will represent the Hungarian Television at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade Enviat per DJ Cool-E a 08:42 0 comentaris Etiquetes de comentaris: Hungary .

    ^ The popular puppet will now go on to represent Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday 20th of May.

    [61] In 1957, despite protests, the Italian song was 5:09 minutes in duration. This led to a stricter time limit of 3 minutes precisely.[62]
  • .
  • There is no restriction imposed by the EBU on the nationality of the performers or songwriters.^ According to Florian KOHLER (Head of Delegation) there was no national finals in their homeland – the swiss broadcaster selected for the Lovebugs to represent Switzerland at the song contest.

    Individual broadcasters are, however, permitted to impose their own restrictions at their discretion.[28]
  • .
  • From 1957 to 1970 (in 1956 there was no restriction at all), only soloists and duos were allowed on stage.^ His Stage Show dispenses with all visual embellishments - no dancers, few background graphics, in fact few visual stimuli at all which leads to boring television.

    ^ I know the general opinion in English is that people there think the Eurovision is such a joke and only losers enjoy it, but they are making fools of themselves by putting in no effort at all!!

    From 1963, a chorus of up to three people was permitted. Since 1971, a maximum of six performers have been permitted on the stage.[28]
  • .
  • The performance and/or lyrics of a song "must not bring the Contest into disrepute".[54]
  • Since 1990, all people on stage must be at least 16 years of age.^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

    ^ She has been singing all of her life and first performed on stage at the age of seven.

    ^ It’s enough to give you a lot of energy.” At this year’s contest Adok presents the song ‘Dance with me’ in English.

    [54]

Expansion of the Contest

Regular participants in 1992. Yugoslavia is coloured in red: 1991 was the last year in which that nation participated under one name.
Regular participants in 1994. The addition of Central and Eastern European countries, and the separate ex-Yugoslavian states, makes a stark change from the participation map of 1992.
The number of countries participating each year has steadily grown over the course of the years, from seven participants in 1956 to over 20 in the late 1980s. .In 1993 there were 25 countries participating in the competition, including, for the first time that year, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, entering independently due to the dissolution of Yugoslavia.^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

^ She started singing very early, she was only 5 years old the first time she took part in a concert in her hometown.

^ A part of me would like one of next years specials to focus on the early years of the First Doctor, and have another one focus on the Eight Doctor and the Time War.
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.Because the Contest is a live television programme, a reasonable time limit must be imposed on the duration of the show.^ The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world.

^ Erichsen has previously criticised Wogan for not showing the contest enough respect, saying before last year's show: "Terry Wogan is a problem because he makes it look ridiculous.
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^ Hundreds of Israel’s top songwriters and composers sent their best submissions to the national song contest which was broadcasted on prime time television on Israeli Channel 2.

In recent years the nominal limit has been three hours, with the broadcast occasionally overrunning.[33]

Pre-selections and relegation

.Since 1993, there have been more countries wishing to enter the Contest than there is time to reasonably include all their entries in a single TV show.^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

^ It will be hard work, but if they pull it off, there will be a ton of footage on Tatu, a lot of pics, a new album and we will all know a lot more about Tatu than any other group out there.
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^ At the same time the “Idol”/”X-Factor” phenomenon has seen many countries opt to send new artists well known in their home country through TV reality shows.

Several relegation or qualification systems have, therefore, been tried in order to limit the number of countries participating in the competition in any given year. The 1993 Contest introduced two new features: firstly, a pre-selection competition was held in Ljubljana in which seven new countries fought for three places in the international competition. .Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia took part in Kvalifikacija za Millstreet; and the three former Yugoslav republics, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, qualified for a place in the international final.^ Or goulash as it is to you, Irelande douze pointe Yes it’s Bulgaria we love you Belarus, Georgia, Montenegro, Moldova, Albania, Croatia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, don’t forget Turkey, Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and don’t forget the Swiss…..

^ The local final took place in Budapest, and during the show 15 songs were performed.

^ Belarus FYR Macedonia Slovenia Hungary Georgia Latvia Serbia Bulgaria Turkey Moldova Looks like the final will be a real battle of the East and West!

[64] Also to be introduced that year was relegation. .The lowest-placed countries in the 1993 score table were forced to skip the next year, in order to allow the countries which failed the 1993 pre-selection into the 1994 Contest.^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ Less than a year ago Next Time was just an ordinary “garage band” which played cover versions of famous rock songs, and now they are representing their country at the most prestigious European song contest.

^ Nevertheless it is likely that Sweden will be allowed to take part in Moscow this year, which is great news because their actual entry is likely to be one of the strongest contendors in the contest.

.The 1994 Contest included also—for the first time—Lithuania, Poland and Russia.^ Her performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will be the first time when she will break this promise.

^ After a controversial final vote process (former Soviet Union Countries, Balkan countries and other neighbour countries voted between them), Russia won the Eurovision contest for the first time.

^ The contesters said that it is their first time in Moscow and they really enjoy it.

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.Relegation continued through 1994 and 1995;[66] but in 1996 a different pre-selection system was used, in which nearly all the countries participated.^ In the unlikely event of a televoting problem there are always the backup juries standing by in all 42 participating countries.

^ Six different systems were used over the past decades to pick the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.

.Audio tapes of all the songs were sent to juries in each of the countries some weeks before the television show.^ You score ten points if you solve the clue and identify the country during their performance, or the maximum twelve points if you can solve a clue before that country's song has begun.

^ His Stage Show dispenses with all visual embellishments - no dancers, few background graphics, in fact few visual stimuli at all which leads to boring television.

^ However the later half of last season contained some of the best eps of all, so let's compare notes again in a few weeks.
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.These juries selected the songs which would then proceed to be included in the international broadcast.^ According to Florian KOHLER (Head of Delegation) there was no national finals in their homeland – the swiss broadcaster selected for the Lovebugs to represent Switzerland at the song contest.

^ There is no word from the organizers of the song contest, the European Broadcasting Union, as to whether a strip tease would fit in with their concept of family entertainment.

^ Listening to these songs really make you wonder how they made it to the international final.

[67] .Norway, as the host country in 1996 (having won the 1995 Contest), automatically qualified and was therefore excluded from the necessity of going through the pre-selection.^ Alexander Ryback's Fairytale came true when Norway won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the highest number of points in the contest's history.

^ Evdokia won the Cypriot national selection by a narrow margin, and will take her charismatic performance of Femme Fatale to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Belgrade.

^ Also, the UK is the #1 music country in Europe, other countries have a chip on their shoulder about us, we've already won the real music contest hands down.
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One country which failed to qualify in the 1996 pre-selection was Germany. .As one of the largest financial contributors to the EBU, their non-participation in the Contest brought about a funding issue, which the EBU would have to consider.^ Seventeen-year-old Christina is one of the youngest participants of the contest.

^ One of the members of the duo, the author of the song, participated in last year’s contest on behalf of Montenegro.

^ Eurovision.tv director Bjørn Erichsen has spoken about the plans EBU has to ensure the growth of the most popular musical TV show in Europe, The Eurovision Song Contest.

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Big Four

.Since 2000, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain have automatically qualified for the Eurovision final, regardless of their positions on the scoreboard in previous Contests.^ The popular puppet will now go on to represent Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday 20th of May.

^ Martina is a real Eurovision cosmopolitan: this is her fourth contest, and although in previous years she was back singer and now she will take center stage.

^ In 2006 his duet with the famous Esma Redzepova won the second place at the Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest final.

[33] .They earned this special status by being the four biggest financial contributors to the EBU (without which the production of the Eurovision Song Contest would not be possible).^ So they sang and recorded it, and off they went to Eurovision Song Contest.

^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

^ Eurovision Song Contest viewers, be prepared!

Due to their untouchable status, these countries became known as the "Big Four".[68]

Qualification

.From 1997 to 2001, countries qualified for each Contest based on the average of their points totals for their entries over the previous five years.^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ At the first Icelandic press conference singer Johanna first had to explain why she had chosen of the previous year’s Icelandic Eurovision contestants as a backing singer listen .

^ Erichsen has previously criticised Wogan for not showing the contest enough respect, saying before last year's show: "Terry Wogan is a problem because he makes it look ridiculous.
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[69][70] .However, there was much discontent voiced over this system because a country could be punished by not being allowed to enter merely because of poor previous results, which did not take into account how good a fresh attempt might be.^ There was a certain feeling of ease in the air, because we have so much fun together.

^ With her voice, she would sound much better by singing more strongly and by being more edgy.
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^ About Tokio Yulia said that Lena just strained herself to much there (or strained her voice?
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.This led the EBU to create what was hoped would be a more permanent solution to the problem, which was to have two shows every year: a qualification round, and the grand final.^ In the 14th Budva Music Festival in the same year, he won the Grand Prix with the song Nebo I More.

^ "Millions of people follow this event, every year, so we really enjoy taking part in the preliminary round," Sandy, Nadja, Lucy and Jessica said.

^ First year had more miss than hits, but year two was a vast improvement.
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.In these two shows there would be enough broadcast time to include all the countries which wished to participate, every year.^ A part of me would like one of next years specials to focus on the early years of the First Doctor, and have another one focus on the Eight Doctor and the Time War.
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^ He has performed at every major club in his country as well as on many big raves and various radio and TV shows.

^ Live Theatre was also a huge passion for Isis, and she spent her childhood years participating in various live musicals.By the time she was 12 years old, she was earning money as a professional singer.

.The qualification round became known as the Eurovision Semi-Final.^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

^ After two thrilling Semi-Finals on Friday and Saturday, the list of participants in Sunday's Eurovision Grand Final is now known.

^ Hind Laroussi (photo: Wim Kluvers) has been chosen by NOS to represent the Netherlands in the first of the two Semi-Finals of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest.

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Semi-finals

.A qualification round, known as the semi-final, was introduced for the 2004 Contest.^ The popular puppet will now go on to represent Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday 20th of May.

^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

^ Hind Laroussi (photo: Wim Kluvers) has been chosen by NOS to represent the Netherlands in the first of the two Semi-Finals of the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest.

[72] .This semi-final was held on the Wednesday during Eurovision Week, and was a programme similar in format to the grand final, whose time slot remained 19:00 UTC on the Saturday.^ The popular puppet will now go on to represent Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday 20th of May.

^ Gamecards are available here: - First Semi-Final (Friday 7.30pm) - Second Semi-Final (Saturday 7.30pm) A Gamecard for Sunday's Grand Final will appear online by Sunday Morning.

^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

.The highest-placed songs from the semi-final would qualify for the grand final, while the lower-placed songs were out of the competition for that year.^ The songs already qualified for the final are: 1.

^ Blink would have seemed out of place in seasons 1 and 2 a probably the current season as well.
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^ In 2006 his duet with the famous Esma Redzepova won the second place at the Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest final.

.From 2005–2007, the semi-final programme was held on the Thursday of Eurovision Week.^ Switzerland's DJ Bobo and Ireland's Dustin The Turkey were early favourites to win in 2007 and 2008 respectively, but both were knocked out at the Semi-Final stage.

^ The popular puppet will now go on to represent Ireland in the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade on Tuesday 20th of May.

^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

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.The ten most highly-placed non-Big Four countries in the grand final were guaranteed a place in the following year's grand final, without the need to participate in next year's semi.^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

^ Bad Wolf and PotW. make the most of it though, we don't get much who next year :( .
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^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

.If, for example, Germany came in the top ten, the eleventh-placed non-Big-Four country would automatically qualify for the next year's grand final.^ The day of the recording of the Grand Final, May 16, is the date when her mother died and for many years Patricia stayed true to her promise never perform on this day.

^ A part of me would like one of next years specials to focus on the early years of the First Doctor, and have another one focus on the Eight Doctor and the Time War.
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^ Watch As host country, Russia does not need to quality through the Semi-Finals as it has an automatic place in the Finals.

[28] .The remaining countries—which had not automatically qualified for the grand final—had to enter the semi.^ Watch As host country, Russia does not need to quality through the Semi-Finals as it has an automatic place in the Finals.

^ Gamecards are available here: - First Semi-Final (Friday 7.30pm) - Second Semi-Final (Saturday 7.30pm) A Gamecard for Sunday's Grand Final will appear online by Sunday Morning.

^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

[28]
.At the 50th annual meeting of the EBU reference group in September 2007, it was decided that from the 2008 Contest onwards there would be held two semi-finals.^ The Reference Group have developed a 2007-2011 a marketing, development and security plan for the contest which has already been approved by the EBU TV committee and has received a warm welcome by the Heads of Delegations during the March meeting in Helsinki.

^ Roberto Meloni, a singer who represented Latvia at the Eurovison Song Contest in 2007 as a member of the group Bonaparti.lv.

^ Belgium’s participants in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest are a group called Ishtar (photo: Bart Musschoot), named after the Babylonian goddess of love.

[74] .From 2008 onwards, the scoreboard position of any previous years has not been relevant, and—save for the automatic qualifiers—all participating countries have had to participate in the semi-finals, regardless of their previous year's scoreboard position.^ Rebeka got the ticket to represent her native country after winning the Slovene national final EMA 2008.

^ It's Nox, from Hungary , it's no wonder Ireland failed to get through the Semi-final - they appear to have had all their tippity-tappity charm nicked by these guys.
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^ Switzerland's DJ Bobo and Ireland's Dustin The Turkey were early favourites to win in 2007 and 2008 respectively, but both were knocked out at the Semi-Final stage.

.The only countries which automatically qualify for the grand final are the host country, and the Big Four: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, who continue to enjoy their protected status.^ Watch As host country, Russia does not need to quality through the Semi-Finals as it has an automatic place in the Finals.

^ (Here is a picture of the winner from last night who have qualified into the Finals!

^ Since the Eurovision Song Contest is a big event for this small country listen , she likes being in the focus of attention of those who are so fond of music.

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.In each of the semi-finals the voting is conducted among those countries which participate in that semi-final in question.^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

^ Watch As host country, Russia does not need to quality through the Semi-Finals as it has an automatic place in the Finals.

^ They then have a live performance of each song, and at the end there is a *lengthy* vote casting section where each country votes for it's neighbours or political allies, and completely ignores the quality of the songs in question.
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.With regards to the automatic grand final qualifiers, which do not participate in the semi-finals, a draw is conducted to determine in which semi-final each of them will be allowed to vote.^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

^ After last years miserable performance though, Ireland have to qualify for the final and will take part in a semi final on Tuesday....the voting trend there will indicate how big a chance Dustin actually has.
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.In contrast, every participating country in a particular year may vote in the Saturday grand final — whether their song qualified from the semi or not.^ The songs already qualified for the final are: 1.

^ They will be providing the commentary from Moscow during the two Semi-Finals and Grand-Final which, like last year, are to be broadcast in Australia on three consecutive Evenings from Friday 15th through to Sunday 17th May.

^ The Euroband was established in March 2006 by Friðrik Ómar and Regína Ósk who had both participated in the Icelandic National Song Contest earlier that year.

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.After the votes have been cast in each semi-final, the countries which received the most votes—and will therefore proceed to the grand final on Saturday—are announced by name by the presenters.^ Of course, most of the countries are now in the process of choosing their songs & representatives for the semi-finals in Helsinki!

^ Watch As host country, Russia does not need to quality through the Semi-Finals as it has an automatic place in the Finals.

^ Gamecards are available here: - First Semi-Final (Friday 7.30pm) - Second Semi-Final (Saturday 7.30pm) A Gamecard for Sunday's Grand Final will appear online by Sunday Morning.

.Full voting results are withheld until after the grand final, whereupon they are published on the EBU's website.^ Voting stays open until Friday 15th May, closing just before the broadcast of the first Semi-Final on Australian Television.

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Winners

Lys Assia, first Eurovision winner (1956) and Dima Bilan, winner in 2008.
.Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a unique opportunity for the winning artist(s) to capitalise on the surrounding publicity to further his, her or their career(s).^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

^ Eurovision Song Contest viewers, be prepared!

^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

Artists

.The most notable winning Eurovision artist whose career was directly launched into the spotlight following their win was ABBA, who won the Contest for Sweden in 1974 with their song "Waterloo". ABBA went on to become one of the most successful bands of all time.^ So they sang and recorded it, and off they went to Eurovision Song Contest.

^ The Swedish pop band won the contest in 1974.

^ I won and later on, when it was time to pick a song for the contest, Arash won with his composition.

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Another notable winner who subsequently achieved international fame and success was Céline Dion, who won the Contest for Switzerland in 1988 with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi", which subsequently helped launch her international career[77]
Other artists who have achieved varying degrees of success after winning the Contest include France Gall ("Poupée de cire, poupée de son", Luxembourg 1965), Dana ("All Kinds of Everything", Ireland 1970), Vicky Leandros ("Après toi", Luxembourg 1972), Brotherhood of Man ("Save Your Kisses for Me", United Kingdom 1976), Marie Myriam ("L'oiseau et l'enfant", France 1977), Johnny Logan (who won twice for Ireland; with "What's Another Year?" in 1980, and "Hold Me Now" in 1987), Bucks Fizz ("Making Your Mind Up", United Kingdom 1981), Nicole ("Ein Bißchen Frieden", Germany 1982), and Herreys ("Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley", Sweden 1984). .Many other winners include well-known artists who won the Contest mid-career, after they had already established themselves as successful.^ She also has been known to write songs for many other Armenian artists.

^ He participated in many musical contests as a child, in Montenegro and abroad, and he even won many of these contests and festivals, as the songs he was presenting became instant hits.

^ The Euroband was established in March 2006 by Friðrik Ómar and Regína Ósk who had both participated in the Icelandic National Song Contest earlier that year.

.An example being, Katrina and the Waves, representing the United Kingdom, who were the winners of the contest with the song, Love Shine a Light.^ The band has been chosen as the Finnish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and their third album Myrskyntuoja is to be released in Finland on March 19.

^ It is a common secret that die-hard fans all over Europe love to collect and rewatch past Eurovision Song Contests over and over again.

^ She has previously successfully participated in many song contests, such as the New Wave and Slavyansky Bazar.

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.Some artists, however, have vanished into relative obscurity, making little or no impact on the international music scene after their win.^ Relatively new to the music scene, she has always been highly interested in singing ever since she was a little girl and danced in front of the mirror with a broomstick.

^ It's funny, you'd think it was trying to make you think of the popular rap artist, but it sounds like nothing so much as some form of sanitary product to me.
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^ The results are not included in the official Eurovision results, however the winning artist will receive a special Australian Radio Listeners' Choice trophy.

Countries

Map showing each country's number of Eurovision wins.
.Ireland holds the record for the most number of wins, having won the Contest seven times—including three times in a row in 1992, 1993 and 1994. France, Luxembourg and United Kingdom are joint second with five wins, but the UK has come in second a record 15 times.^ Any country participating in the Eurovision is free to send nationals of any country they choose, most notable examples being Canada's Celine Dion who once represented Switzerland and Australian-born Johnny Logan who won for Ireland three times.

^ Alexander Ryback's Fairytale came true when Norway won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with the highest number of points in the contest's history.

^ In 2006 his duet with the famous Esma Redzepova won the second place at the Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest final.

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.The early years of the Contest saw many wins for "traditional" Eurovision countries: France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest.

^ We try to perform without many special effects, because Eurovision is a song contest”, said Patrick Ouchene.

However, the success of these countries has declined in recent decades: the Netherlands last won in 1975; France in 1977; and Luxembourg in 1983. The last time Luxembourg entered the Contest was in 1993.[80]
.The first years of the 21st century produced a spate of first-time winners, from both "new" Eurovision countries, and old-timers who had entered for many years without a win.^ Who will be the 2008 Eurovision winner?

^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ She started singing very early, she was only 5 years old the first time she took part in a concert in her hometown.

.Every year from 2001 to 2008 resulted in a country winning for the first time.^ This year's results have brought up some speculations that the funding countries i.e.

^ Rebeka got the ticket to represent her native country after winning the Slovene national final EMA 2008.

^ She started singing very early, she was only 5 years old the first time she took part in a concert in her hometown.

.The 2006 winner was Finland, which finally won after having entered the Contest for 45 years.^ Sakis Rouvas is no stranger to the Eurovision, having sung at the contest for Greece in 2004 and even co-hosted the event in Athens back in 2006.

^ Csézy won the Hungarian national selection of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song named Candlelight, and she will participate in the Semi-Final in Belgrade.

^ She is studying to be an opera singer, but is also very familiar to Albanian TV audiences having won the Best New Artist prize in the last year’s “Friday Fever Song Contest” contest before going onto win the Albanian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ukraine on the other hand did not have to wait so long, winning with their second entry in 2004. Serbia won the very first year it entered as an independent state, in 2007.[81]
.Having finished 2nd on two occasions (2002, 2005) and 3rd on two occasions (1992 and 1998), Malta is the most successful country to never win the contest.^ Ireland are the most successful country in the competition, (I'm Irish by the way) and if anyone was going to take the piss out of Eurovision, it was going to be us.
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^ ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner.

^ Eurovision is a contest where every European country sends 3 minutes of either camp or ethno, badly-sung pop music, which is then voted on and the country with the most neighbours wins.
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As of 2009, the country which has entered the longest with no wins to their name is Portugal. .They started entering in 1964, and with 43 appearances, are still awaiting their first win.^ He entered the showbiz world singing at Nota Fest in 2001 and won the first prize, which was the first time for a newcomer to win the majority of votes of the jury and the audience.

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Criticisms and controversy

.The Contest has been the subject of criticism regarding both its musical content and the perception that it is more about politics than it is about music.^ And have no doubt about it: THIS IS BIG! Half the Swedish population will sit in front of the television and more than 2 million votes will probably be handed in.

^ A lot of the Japanese, Korean and Chinese girls in my boarding school listened to more romantic music than anything else.
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^ Also, the UK is the #1 music country in Europe, other countries have a chip on their shoulder about us, we've already won the real music contest hands down.
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Musical style and presentation

.Because the musical songs are playing to such a diverse international audience with contrasting musical tastes, and that countries want to be able to appeal to as many people as possible to gain votes, the majority of the songs have historically been middle-of-the-road pop.^ Because that has so much to do with pop music.
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^ Eurovision is an annual music event where a lot of countries in Europe (most of which we've barely heard of), come up with a song each.
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^ There was no doubt about her classical background, but in order to gain a wider audience, she wanted to show her talent in the field of pop music as well.

.Deviations from this formula have rarely achieved success, leading to the Contest gaining a reputation for its music being "bubblegum pop".[85] This well-established pattern, however, was notably broken in 2006 with Finnish hard rock band Lordi's landslide victory.^ The contestant had leading parts in a number of musicals.

^ The band has been chosen as the Finnish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and their third album Myrskyntuoja is to be released in Finland on March 19.

^ His music video is visually stunning, telling an epic story of love and battle, however the story does not translate well to the limitations of the live Eurovision stage, and he will have to do some simplify it some more if he is to be successful in telling his song's story to the TV audience.

.As Eurovision is a visual show, many performances attempt to attract the attention of the voters through means other than the music, sometimes leading to bizarre onstage gimmicks.^ Besides, they continue to perform covers of many famous songs by Lenny Kravits, Robby Williams and others.

^ Simon Mathew has also teamed up singers and entertainers who have performed with different shows including lectures, stand-up, song and music typically dealing with issues a little more serious than usual.

^ His Stage Show dispenses with all visual embellishments - no dancers, few background graphics, in fact few visual stimuli at all which leads to boring television.

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Political and national voting

.The Contest has long been accused of political bias, where the perception is that judges—and now televoters—allocate points based on their nation's relationship to the other countries, rather than the musical merits of the songs.^ Cos Armenians can not think otherwise, a nation that has stolen our music, and wants to be proud with it1 Take it easy andlive your life with your “things”….Our song was better and you should just accept it” Actually it was the best in the eurovision contest” Long Liver Azerbaijan!
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^ Your audience should be in tune with your song.” Preview the Maltese Music Video and Stage Show Vote for Malta in the Australian Radio Televote .

^ There will also be other changes – the rules have been modified in a bid to cut down on political bloc voting, with telephone voting now making up only half of a country's votes with the rest coming from a reinstated panel.
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[87] .According to one study of Eurovision voting patterns, certain countries tend to form "clusters" or "cliques" by frequently voting in the same way.^ Other neighbouring countries used to be constituent elements the same place, such as Yugoslavia or Czechoslovakia, that's why you get neighbourly voting.
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^ Ah, Austria are voting now, the second country to return, after the first one, which I didn't hear.
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^ We need a proportional voting system, so a country's vote of 60 million has more weight than one of 2 million.
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[88] .On the other hand, however, scholars argue that certain countries allocate disproportionately high points to others because of similar musical tastes, cultures and because they speak similar languages,[89][90] and are therefore more likely to appreciate each other's music; for example, the explanation for Greece and Cyprus' routine exchange of 12 points in every possible occasion since popular voting was introduced in 1998 is because those countries share the same music industry and language, and artists who are popular in one country are popular in the other.^ Cyprus will give 12 points to Greece .
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^ Spanish and Portuguese are similar languages - of course they vote for each other - the musical styles are similar and they understand the lyrics.
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^ Now more problems have arisen which seemingly have widened the gap between Lena&Yulia on one side and Ivan on the other.
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[citation needed]
.Another influential factor is the high proportion of expatriates, ethnic minorities and diaspora living in certain countries, often due to recent political upheaval.^ They then have a live performance of each song, and at the end there is a *lengthy* vote casting section where each country votes for it's neighbours or political allies, and completely ignores the quality of the songs in question.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gyspies, or Roma as they are more usually called, are an ethnic minority present in countries across Europe from England to Russia.

Although judges and televoters cannot vote for their own country's entry, expatriates and diaspora can vote for their country of origin from their current location. Countries with large populations of non-nationals may have their televote influenced considerably. .This has been cited as the reason for apparent bloc voting in the Balkan countries of the former Yugoslavia.^ Other neighbouring countries used to be constituent elements the same place, such as Yugoslavia or Czechoslovakia, that's why you get neighbourly voting.
  • Eurovision is 'rubbish', Terry Wogan tells European broadcasters | Media | guardian.co.uk 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Of course the countries of the former Yugoslavia vote for each other, they understand the lyrics, and if it was as political as Wogan claims, they wouldn't - they were killing each other not so long ago.
  • Eurovision is 'rubbish', Terry Wogan tells European broadcasters | Media | guardian.co.uk 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ The sense of righteous indignation that rises as countries bloc vote in predictable unison is all part of the magic.
  • Eurovision is 'rubbish', Terry Wogan tells European broadcasters | Media | guardian.co.uk 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[91] .The "émigré vote" is seen as an important factor for Turkey, as their song often garners a large proportion of the votes from countries where there is a sizeable diaspora, such as Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Austria.^ His international gigs have taken him to nearly 20 European countries including England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Malta and Cyprus, to name a few.

^ They then have a live performance of each song, and at the end there is a *lengthy* vote casting section where each country votes for it's neighbours or political allies, and completely ignores the quality of the songs in question.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We need a proportional voting system, so a country's vote of 60 million has more weight than one of 2 million.
  • Eurovision is 'rubbish', Terry Wogan tells European broadcasters | Media | guardian.co.uk 17 January 2010 23:023 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: News]

[92]
.In a move to help reduce the effects of voting blocs since the advent of televoting in the Eurovision Song Contest, the 2009 edition re-introduced national juries alongside televoting in the final, both contributing to 50% of the vote.^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

^ I'm so happy I'm going to be able to finally be at a Eurovision Song Contest for real!!

^ Eurovision Song Contest viewers, be prepared!

[93] This hybrid system will be implemented in semi-finals for 2010.[94]

Spin-offs

A number of spin-offs and imitators of the Eurovision Song Contest have been produced over the years:
In Autumn 2005, the EBU organised a special programme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Contest. .The show, entitled Congratulations (after Cliff Richard's entry for the United Kingdom in 1968) was held in Copenhagen, and featured many artists from the last 50 years of the Contest.^ Many journalists were interested why they could not see at the rehearsal the animation cat – an important character of the Belgian artist’s show listen .

^ Today girls are happy to represent their country at the contest that they used to follow as fans for many years listen .

^ The song has been covered by famous stars such as Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more.

.A telephone vote was held to determine the most popular Eurovision song of all-time, which was won by ABBA's "Waterloo" (winner, Sweden 1974).^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

^ ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner.

^ Dutch and Hebrew songs won 3 times each.

[95]

See also

Notes

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  • Allatson, P. (2007) “‘Antes cursi que sencilla’: Eurovision Song Contests and the Kitsch Drive to Euro-Unity,” in the Special issue on Creolisation: Towards a Non-Eurocentric Europe, in Culture, Theory and Critique, vol.^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

    ^ Eurovision Song Contest viewers, be prepared!

    ^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

    48, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 87–98.
  • Fenn D; et al. ( 2005.). .How does Europe make its mind up?^ When Jay and Cheryl whipped their skirts off at the end of "Making Your Mind Up" back in '81, that was a right bit of class.
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    .Connections, cliques, and compatibility between countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

    ^ Eurovision Song Contest viewers, be prepared!

    ^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

    arXiv:physics/0505071
  • Gatherer, D. (2006). .Comparison of Eurovision Song Contest Simulation with Actual Results Reveals Shifting Patterns of Collusive Voting Alliances, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol.^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

    ^ The band has been chosen as the Finnish representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and their third album Myrskyntuoja is to be released in Finland on March 19.

    ^ In 2006 his duet with the famous Esma Redzepova won the second place at the Macedonian Eurovision Song Contest final.

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  • Raykoff, Ivan and Robert D. Tobin (eds.), .A Song for Europe: Popular Music and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007).
  • Yair, G; (1995).^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

    ^ In 2005, Ruslan released his first album Sooner or Later.In 2008 Ruslan Alehno became the winner of National Television Musical project EuroFest, what gave him the opportunity to represent Republic of Belarus at the most popular and prestigious musical international contest in Europe Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

    ^ Let us hope that the guests of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will have a chance to experience the beauty of Slovakia first hand.

    .'Unite Unite Europe' The political and cultural structures of Europe as reflected in the Eurovision Song Contest, Social Networks.^ Iraq not in the Eurovision Song Contest after all .

    ^ Eurovision Song Contest viewers, be prepared!

    ^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

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  • Yair and Maman (1996). .The Persistent Structure of Hegemony in the Eurovision Song Contest, Acta Sociologica.^ According to Chikilicuatre himself, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true,or truth becoming a dream.

    ^ Let us hope that the guests of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will have a chance to experience the beauty of Slovakia first hand.

    ^ SBS Television has announced it will be producing its own commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

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  1. An annual song contest created by the European Broadcasting Union to "choose a song for Europe".

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Simple English

The Eurovision Song Contest is a song contest held in European Broadcasting Union which started in 1956. Different singers representing countries in Europe compete every year.

Famous past winners include ABBA (representing their native Sweden) and Céline Dion (though Canadian, represented Switzerland).

List of winners

Year Country Song Performer Article
1956 Switzerland Refrain Lys Assia ESC 1956
1957 Netherlands Net Als Toen Corry Brokken ESC 1957
1958 France Dors, Mon Amour André Claveau ESC 1958
1959 Netherlands Een Beetje Teddy Scholten ESC 1959
1960 France Tom Pillibi Jacqueline Boyer ESC 1960
1961 Luxembourg Nous les amoureux Jean-Claude Pascal ESC 1961
1962 France Un premier amour Isabelle Aubret ESC 1962
1963 Denmark Dansevise Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann ESC 1963
1964 Italy Non ho l'età (per amarti) Gigliola Cinquetti ESC 1964
1965 Luxembourg Poupée de cire, poupée de son France Gall ESC 1965
1966 Austria Merci Chérie Udo Jürgens ESC 1966
1967 United Kingdom Puppet On A String Sandie Shaw ESC 1967
1968 Spain La, la, la Massiel ESC 1968
1969[1] Spain Vivo Cantando Salomé ESC 1969
United Kingdom Boom Bang-a-Bang Lulu
Netherlands De Troubadour Lennie Kuhr
France Un jour, un enfant Frida Boccara
1970 Republic of Ireland All Kinds Of Everything Dana ESC 1970
1971 Monaco Un banc, un arbre, une rue Séverine ESC 1971
1972 Luxembourg Après Toi Vicky Leandros ESC 1972
1973 Luxembourg Tu Te Reconnaîtras Anne-Marie David ESC 1973
1974 Sweden Waterloo ABBA ESC 1974
1975 Netherlands Ding-A-Dong Teach-In ESC 1975
1976 United Kingdom Save Your Kisses For Me Brotherhood of Man ESC 1976
1977 France L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant Marie Myriam ESC 1977
1978 Israel A-Ba-Ni-Bi Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta ESC 1978
1979 Israel Hallelujah Gali Atari & Milk and Honey ESC 1979
1980 Republic of Ireland What's Another Year? Johnny Logan ESC 1980
1981 United Kingdom Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz ESC 1981
1982 Germany Ein Bisschen Frieden Nicole ESC 1982
1983 Luxembourg Si la vie est cadeau Corinne Hermès ESC 1983
1984 Sweden Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley Herreys ESC 1984
1985 Norway La det swinge Bobbysocks ESC 1985
1986 Belgium J'aime la vie Sandra Kim ESC 1986
1987 Republic of Ireland Hold Me Now Johnny Logan ESC 1987
1988 Switzerland Ne partez pas sans moi Céline Dion ESC 1988
1989 Yugoslavia Rock Me Riva ESC 1989
1990 Italy Insieme: 1992 Toto Cutugno ESC 1990
1991 Sweden Fångad av en stormvind Carola ESC 1991
1992 Republic of Ireland Why Me Linda Martin ESC 1992
1993 Republic of Ireland In Your Eyes Niamh Kavanagh ESC 1993
1994 Republic of Ireland Rock 'n' Roll Kids Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan ESC 1994
1995 Norway Nocturne Secret Garden ESC 1995
1996 Republic of Ireland The Voice Eimear Quinn ESC 1996
1997 United Kingdom Love Shine A Light Katrina and the Waves ESC 1997
1998 Israel Diva Dana International ESC 1998
1999 Sweden Take Me to Your Heaven Charlotte Nilsson ESC 1999
2000 Denmark Fly On The Wings Of Love Olsen Brothers ESC 2000
2001 Estonia Everybody Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL ESC 2001
2002 Latvia I Wanna Marie N ESC 2002
2003 Turkey Everyway That I Can Sertab Erener ESC 2003
2004 Ukraine Wild Dances Ruslana ESC 2004
2005 Greece My Number One Elena Paparizou ESC 2005
2006 Finland Hard Rock Hallelujah Lordi ESC 2006
2007 Serbia Moltiva Marija Šerifović ESC 2007
2008 Russia Believe Dima Bilan ESC 2008
2009 Norway Fairytale Alexander Rybak ESC 2009
2010 Germany Satellite Lena Meyer-Landrut ESC 2010
  1. ^  In 1969 four countries were joint winners as there was no rule for a tie.

Junior winners

Year Country Song Performer Article
2003 Croatia You Are My First Love Dino Jelusić JESC 2003
2004 Spain I'd be Rather Dead Than Plain María Isabel JESC 2004
2005 Belarus We Are Together Ksenia Sitnik JESC 2005
2006 Russia Spring Jazz The Tolmachevy Twins JESC 2006
2007 Belarus With Friends Alexey Zhigalkovich JESC 2007
2008 Georgia Bzz.. Bzikebi JESC 2008

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