The pace is picking up as selection season moves into top gear, and this week our Superfans sink their teeth into the entries from Belgium, Romania, The Netherlands & Moldova. Our Triple Play celebrates Georgia, and we round up this weeks big contest news stories…
THE EUROVISION SHOW is actually the brainchild of experienced radio presenter & self-confessed, long- time dedicated Eurovision follower Simon Harding. It is a programme designed both to sate the appetite of existing fans and to entice a new generation of interest. Each week, Simon will bring us not just annual winners and famous past entrants, but other great songs from throughout Eurovision’s six decade history are played, together with the latest news about the Song Contest and its participants.
In case you’ve missed out on Eurovision, each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of last year.
Eurovision is actually based on the Sanremo Music Festival which has been held in Italy since 1951. Eurovision is officially the longest-running annual international television contest and one of the world’s longest-running television programmes. It’s also one of the most watched non-sporting events, with audience figures of between 100 million and 600 million internationally. It has been broadcast in several countries that do not compete, such as the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and China. Since 2000.
So what about the memorable songs and countries? Ireland holds the record for most victories, with seven wins, including four times in five years in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996.
Winning the Eurovision Song Contest can be a very big thing for some artists, just think ABBA (winners for Sweden), BUCKS FIZZ and LULU (winners for the United Kingdom), CELINE DION (winner for Switzerland), JOHNNY LOGAN, above (who won the contest twice for Ireland), DANA INTERNATIONAL (for Israel) and LENA (who won for Germany).
So join Simon for our own weekly party. THE EUROVISION SHOW is a real celebration of the music of Eurovision past and present.
You can listen every Saturday night from 7pm on SOUTH WALES LIFE RADIO, either right here or download our APP straight to your phone or tablet. Just search South Wales Life in the Apple or Android Store. And if you miss the show, or you just fancy a double fix of Eurovision joy, you can listen to it again on Monday Evening from 8pm.