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You either love the Eurovision Song Contest or hate it. Some just laugh at it especially if being paid by the BBC to commentate on it.

The Eurovision Song Contest is a yearly competition that takes place in May. The first contest took place in 1956 and to take part you need to be a member of the European Broadcasting Union. The initial idea of the contest was to rebuild bridges after the Second World War.

In 2015 Australia were invited to take place to celebrate the fact this is the 60th contest. This was due to be a one-off invitation but such was the popularity of their debut they are now set to be a permanent fixture.

Viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest are over 100 million and it's also possible to watch the contest live on the internet. 

When the Eurovision Song Contest first took place there were just seven competing countries with each nation submitting two songs. This has grown over the years especially since the break-up of the Soviet Union. The highest numbers of competitors was 43 in both 2008 and 2011. With so many countries competing it was decided to introduce two semi-finals. These take place earlier in the week with the Final taking place on the following Saturday.

France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK gain automatic entry into the Final plus the host nation. 

The contest is hosted by the winning country from the previous year. This isn't always a popular occurrence as it's an expensive event to stage. The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Ukraine.

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 The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival in Italy and was something of a live television test, as it was still the early days of TV and hooking all the countries up to the same network was risky.

The name "Eurovision" had previously been used by British journalist George Campey in the London Evening Standard in 1951 in relation to the EBU's network - and later stuck as a name for the contest.

2019 Eurovision Song Contest

After the success of Israel in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, the 2019 event will be held at the Expo in Tel Aviv. The semi-finals will be held on May 14 and 16 and the final on MAY 18. It's the third time they have hosted the contest with twenty years gaps between all of them. Their first hosting was in 1979 and again in 1999. The slogan for the 2019 contest is 'Dare to Dream'

42 countries will be taking part in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. It's also been confirmed that Bulgaria won't be competing for the first time since 2014 due to financial reasons.

The list of competing countries is:

  • Albania
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus  
  • Belgium 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Israel - 
  • Armenia
  • Austria 
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus 
  • Finland 
  • Greece 
  • Ireland 
  • Macedonia 
  • Switzerland 
  • Australia 
  • Denmark 
  • Moldova 
  • Netherlands 
  • Romania 
  • Russia 
  • Serbia - 
  • Georgia 
  • Hungary 
  • Latvia 
  • Malta
  • Montenegro 
  • Slovenia 
  • Ukraine 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Italy 
  • Spain 
  • United Kingdom 
  • Estonia 
  • San Marino 
  • Poland 
  • Iceland 
  • Portugal 
  • Sweden 
  • Norway 
  • Lithuania 

Switzerland and the Netherlands will be competing for the 60th time and Greece for the 40th. Other anniversaries are the 25th for Slovenia, Estonia and Croatia. Germany hold the record and this will be the 63rd time they have taken part, the only one they missed was in 1996. The United Kingdom will be taking part for the 62nd time having missed the first couple of contests. 

Search for the Contestants Begin

 

Over the coming months the competing countries will decide who will represent them in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Germany have announced that their singer will be chosen in February 2019 with the contenders being: Aly Ryan, Linus Bruhn, Gregor Hagele, Lilly among clouds, BB Thomas and Makeda though others may be announced.

Israel Win 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

Israel won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with a song you either loved or hated. Netta did a fine impression of a chicken during her song 'Toy' that didn't go down as well with the judges as it did the public at home, more of which in a moment.

Top Ten

  1. Israel 529 
  2. Cyprus 436
  3. Austria 342
  4. Germany 340
  5. Italy 308
  6. Czech Republic 281
  7. Sweden 274
  8. Estonia 245
  9. Denmark 226
  10. Moldova 209

Again the voting was split between a panel of judges and a phone-in vote. This produced some contrasting results because Austria received 271 votes from the judges but only 71 from the phone-in vote. It was even worse for Sweden who received 253 votes from the judges but saw their hopes of a win wiped out when the phone-in vote only saw them receive 21 votes. It was a totally different story for the winners Israel. Netta had only received 212 votes from the judges but a massive 317 from the phone-in vote to finish top.  Also doing much better with the viewers were Ukraine with the phone-in vote accounting for 119 of their 130 points 

The United Kingdom finished 24th with just 48 points but they hit the headlines. That's because their singer Surie was interrupted during her performance by a demonstator who momentarily grabbed the microphone off her. She bravely carried on singing but refused the chance to repeat her performance.

What Eurovision bets can I place?

There are plenty of opportunities to use free bets when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest especially as there are now two semi-finals. There's betting available on who will win those and who will qualify. When it comes to the final, you can bet on outright winners, a top 5 or top 10 finish. Also available is match betting between various nations, whether any country will receive the legendary null points, whether the winner will come from Eastern or Western Europe and how high the UK entry will finish.

 

Previous winners

There have been some notable winners of the Eurovision Song Contest. These include:

  • 1974: Abba
  • 1980 and 1987: Johnny Logan
  • 1981:  Bucks Fizz
  • 1988: Celine Dion

It's not been a great time for Salvador Sobrai since his big win this year and recently he announced he's taking a break from his musical career due to ill health and recently performed a farewell concert.

Most Eurovision Wins 

  • 7 - Ireland (but none since 1996)
  • 6 - Sweden
  • 5 - France (last won in 1977), United Kingdom and Luxembourg
  • 4 - Netherlands (last win 1975)

United Kingdom Past Glories

The United Kingdom used to enjoy a great deal of success with a record 15 runner-up places. They first won the contest in 1967 with Sandie Shaw. Lulu was one of four joint winners two years later. The Brotherhood of Man won in 1976 with 'Save All Your Kisses For Me' and Bucks Fizz with 'Making Your Mind up' in 1981. The last UK Winners were Katrina and the Waves in 1997.

In the first 30 years of the contest the UK only failed to make the top ten once and even then they finished 11th. However of their last 13 entries only once have they made the top ten.  In 2003 Jemini finished last with 0 points who sang off key claiing they couldn't hear the backing track. On three other occasions the UK finished 25th. Last year Electro Velvet came 24th scoring just five points. In 2016 UK hopes were in the hands of Joe & Jake who finished a lowly 24th but Lucie Jones performed better in 2017 finishing 15th. 2018 saw Surie finish 24th.

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