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  • Season 1
    • The 54th Eurovision Song Contest Final - Moscow, Russia
      This year there are 42 entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, with San Marino withdrawing due to financial difficulties and Georgia being forced out of the contest as their song breached the rules of the contest, while Slovakia makes a return to the contest after an 11 year absence. The 54th Eurovision Song Contest is being hosted by Moscow, Russia, following Dima Bilan's win for Russia in the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest. The Contest will take place in Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena. Following the complaints of many broadcasters, the voting system for the contest has been greatly changed. Instead of the general public having the only say, a jury will also cast their votes, counting for 50% of the overall votes. This has been done to crack down on countries simply voting for their neighbours. There will be 25 countries competing in the final, comprising the top ten from the first semi-final, the top ten from the second semi-final, the Big Four (the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain) and the host nation and last year's winner, Russia. The order is as follows:- 1. Lithuania 2. Israel 3. France 4. Sweden 5. Croatia 6. Portugal 7. Iceland 8. Greece 9. Armenia 10. Russia 11. Azerbaijan 12. Bosnia and Herzegovina 13. Moldova 14. Malta 15. Estonia 16. Denmark 17. Germany 18. Turkey 19. Albania 20. Norway 21. Ukraine 22. Romania 23. The United Kingdom 24. Finland 25. Spainmoreless
    • The 54th Eurovision Song Contest 2nd Semi-Final - Moscow, Russia
      This year there are 42 entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, with San Marino withdrawing due to financial difficulties and Georgia being forced out of the contest as their song breached the rules of the contest, while Slovakia makes a return to the contest after an 11 year absence. The 54th Eurovision Song Contest is being hosted by Moscow, Russia, following Dima Bilan's win for Russia in the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest. The Contest will take place in Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena. There will be 18 countries competing in the first semi-final, and they will be competing in the following order; 1. Croatia 2. Ireland 3. Latvia 4. Serbia 5. Poland 6. Norway 7. Cyprus 8. Slovakia 9. Denmark 10. Slovenia 11. Hungary 12. Azerbaijan 13. Greece 14. Lithuania 15. Moldova 16. Albania 17. Ukraine 18. Estonia 19. The Netherlands The top nine countries, as voted by the public, will advance to the final, while a tenth country, as voted by the jury, will also advance.moreless
    • The 54th Eurovision Song Contest 1st Semi-Final - Moscow, Russia
      This year there are 42 entries to the Eurovision Song Contest, with San Marino withdrawing due to financial difficulties and Georgia being forced out of the contest as their song breached the rules of the contest, while Slovakia makes a return to the contest after an 11 year absence. The 54th Eurovision Song Contest is being hosted by Moscow, Russia, following Dima Bilan's win for Russia in the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest. The Contest will take place in Moscow's Olympic Indoor Arena. There will be 18 countries competing in the first semi-final, and they will be competing in the following order; 1. Montenegro 2. Czech Republic 3. Belgium 4. Belarus 5. Sweden 6. Armenia 7. Andorra 8. Switzerland 9. Turkey 10. Israel 11. Bulgaria 12. Iceland 13. FYR Macedonia 14. Romania 15. Finland 16. Portugal 17. Malta 18. Bosnia and Herzegovina The top nine countries, as voted by the public, will advance to the final, while a tenth country, as voted by the jury, will also advance.moreless
    • The 53rd Eurovision Song Contest Final - Belgrade, Serbia
      Only 25 of the original 43 nations remain in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, comprising of the 20 nations that progressed through the semi-final stages and the five nations that were automatically granted a finals berth (Serbia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain). Which nation will win this prestigious contest?
    • The 53rd Eurovision Song Contest 2nd Semi-Final - Belgrade, Serbia
      For the first time in Eurovision history there will be two semi-finals taking place before the final. Consequently, there are more countries featured than ever before, with a total of 43 particpating countries. Each semi-final will have 19 particpants, whereby the top 9 from the tele-voting will progress to the final. The highest ranking unselected country, according to a panel of judges, will also progress to the final. Unlike previous years when the previous year's top ten countries automatically made it to the final, this year it is only last year's winning nation (Serbia), along with the Big Four countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain). The 19 nations in the first semi-final in performance order are Iceland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Lithuania, Albania, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Latvia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Malta, Cyprus, F.Y.R Macedonia and Portugal.moreless
    • The 53rd Eurovision Song Contest 1st Semi-Final - Belgrade, Serbia
      For the first time in Eurovision history there will be two semi-finals taking place before the final. Consequently, there are more countries featured than ever before, with a total of 43 particpating countries. Each semi-final will have 19 particpants, whereby the top 9 from the tele-voting will progress to the final. The highest ranking unselected country, according to a panel of judges, will also progress to the final. Unlike previous years when the previous year's top ten countries automatically made it to the final, this year it is only last year's winning nation (Serbia), along with the Big Four countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain). The 19 nations in the first semi-final in performance order are Montenegro, Israel, Estonia, Moldova, San Marino, Belgium, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Norway, Poland, Ireland, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, The Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Russia, and Greece.moreless
    • The 52nd Eurovision Song Contest Final - Helsinki, Finland
    • The 52nd Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final - Helsinki, Finland
    • The 51st Eurovision Song Contest Final - Athens, Greece
    • The 51st Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final - Athens, Greece
    • The 50th Eurovision Song Contest Final - Kiev, Ukraine
      This was the fiftieth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held at the Palace of Sports, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine. The winner was Greece's My Number One, performed by popular singer Helena Paparizou, who scored 230 points, while Malta's Angel performed by Chiara was the runner up with 192 points.moreless
    • The 50th Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final - Kiev, Ukraine
    • The 49th Eurovision Song Contest Final - Istanbul, Turkey
      The final of the forty-ninth Eurovision Song Contest was held three days after the first semi-final of the contest.
    • The 49th Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final - Istanbul, Turkey
      This was the forty-ninth Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Abdi Ýpekçi Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. For the first time ever in the history of the contest, it was split in two, with a semi-final competed for three days before the final. The reasoning was the sheer influx of European countries who wished to be a part of the contest, thus making it impossible to fit them all in on one night. Fourteen countries had immediate entry into the final, while the other competing nations had to compete for the last ten places in the semi-final stage. The fourteen selected countries were the 'Big Four' - United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain, and the top ten countries from the previous year's contest.moreless
    • The 48th Eurovision Song Contest -Riga, Latvia
      This was the forty-eighth Eurovision Song Contest and was held at the Skonto Hall in Riga, Latvia on May 24, 2003. The hosts of the evening was 2002 contest winner Marie N and Renârs Kaupers, whose band placed third place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000.
    • The 47th Eurovision Song Contest -Tallin, Estonia
      This was the 47th Eurovision Song Contest and was held in Tallin, Estonia. Latvia won it with their song "Wanna".
    • The 46th Eurovision Song Contest -Copenhagen, Denmark
      This was the 46th Eurovision Song Contest and was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Estonia won it with their song "Everybody".
    • The 45th Eurovision Song Contest - Stockholm, Sweden
      This was the 45th Eurovision Song Contest and was held in Stockholm, Sweeden. The winners were the Olsen Brothers representing Denmark. The winning song was "Fly On The Wings Of Love".
    • The 44th Eurovision Song Contest -Jerusalem, Israel
      This was the 44th Eurovision Song Contest and it was held in Jerusalem, Israel. This is the second time that the contest is held outside of Europe. Sweden won it with their song "Take Me To Your Heaven".
    • The 43rd Eurovision Song Contest - Birmingham, United Kingdom
      The United Kingdom hosted the 43rd Eurovision Song Contest, which was hosted by Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson. Terry Wogan has become famous from his commentaries on the Eurovision Song Contest for the BBC, a role he has had since the 1971 Contest. Despite being host, he still managed to provide the commentary for the 1998 Contest.

      The 1998 Contest saw the beginning and the end for some rules. Firstly, this was the final year to have a language restriction on the songs whereby they could only sing in one of their national languages. The judging system was completly revolutionised. Though the scoring stayed the same, the winners were now decided through a mass tele-vote, whereby anyone across Europe could vote for their favourite song, except for their own country's entry. This was also the last year which saw an orchestra present to accompany the acts.

      The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had their debut appearance, and Belgium, Finland, Israel, Romania and Slovakia all returned after they were ineligible to compete in the 1997 Contest due to poor results. However, five other nations had to take their place and sit the 1998 Contest out. These nations were Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Russia and Iceland. There were twenty-five acts in total.

      The final verdict will always be remembered as one of the closest to not finish in a tie, whereby with one nation yet to cast their votes, three nations were in the position to win.moreless
    • The 42nd Eurovision Song Contest -Dublin, Ireland
      The 42nd Eurovision Song was held on May 3, 1997 in Dublin. The presenters were Ronan Keating and Carrie Crowley. Katrina and the Waves, representing the United Kingdom, were the winners of this Eurovision with the song Love Shine A Light. The track scored an unprecedented 227 points; it received points from all participating countries, including five sets of 10 points and a record-breaking ten sets of the maximum 12 points. This record was equalled by Greece when Elena Paparizou won the 2005 event. Her song My Number One scored a winning total of 230 points, three points more than Katrina and the Waves did, albeit with far more countries voting (39 compared to 1997's 25). Thus, Love Shine a Light is still regarded as one of the most successful Eurovision winners ever,[1] as signified in Athens at the 2006 contest when it was the closing song of the medley of past Eurovision winners, performed at the opening of the semi-final.moreless
    • The 41st Eurovision Song Contest -Oslo, Norway
      The 41st Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 18, 1996 in Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. The presenters were Ingvild Bryn and Morten Harket. Eimear Quinn of Ireland was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, The Voice.

      The European Broadcasting Union continued to experiment in their efforts to find a broadly acceptable method of whittling down the large number of potential participating countries to a more realistic figure. This year, they reverted to the pre-qualifying round that had been used for the 1993 contest, but this time with just one country exempt from the process - the hosts Norway. The pre-qualifier was an oddity in that it was not broadcast in any form, and did not even entail any live performance of the entries. Instead, the traditional set of national juries simply listened to the studio recordings of each song, and awarded points accordingly. All that was subsequently revealed of their deliberations was which countries had qualified, with the precise scores and placings remaining under wraps (although they were leaked some time latermoreless
    • The 40th Eurovision Song Contest -Dublin, Ireland
      The 40th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 13, 1995 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The presenter was Mary Kennedy. This contest broke the chain of victories that Ireland enjoyed in 1992, 1993, and 1994. This was Ireland's 3rd year in succession to host the contest - and to mark the 40th show, it was opened with a 2-minute retrospect showing images from the contest's history. The Norwegian group Secret Garden was the winner of this Eurovision with the virtually instrumental song, "Nocturne". Incidentally, Secret Garden's violinist was Fionnuala Sherry, who is Irish.moreless
    • The 39th Eurovision Song Contest - Dublin, Ireland
      Following the break-up of the Soviet Union and creation of many new countries in Eastern Europe over the last few years there was a huge influx of nations wishing to compete in the 1994 Contest. In order to cope with this demand, it was deemed that the seven lowest ranked nations from the 1993 Contest could not compete, which were Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Israel, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Turkey. In their place there were seven nations making their debut appearance; Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Slovakia. Italy chose not to participate this year, so Cyprus, having ended up seventh last in 1993, was able to enter. Luxembourg dediced to call it quits, and as of yet, have not returned to the Eurovision Song Contest. This made a total number of twenty-five performances.
      The contest was hosted by Cynthia ni Mhurchu and Gerry Ryan, and they spoke in English, French and Irish.moreless
    • The 38th Eurovision Song Contset -Cork, Ireland
      the 38th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 15, 1993 in Millstreet, County Cork, Republic of Ireland. The presenter was Fionnuala Sweeney. Niamh Kavanagh was the winner of this Eurovision for Ireland with the song, "In Your Eyes." This was Ireland's fifth victory, and equalled the tally of five Eurovision victories achieved by France in 1977 and Luxembourg in 1983.moreless
    • The 37th Eurovision Song Contest - Malmo, Sweden
      The 37th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 9, 1992 in Malmö, Sweden. The presenters were Harald Treutiger and Lydia Cappolicchio. Linda Martin, representing Ireland, was the winner of this Eurovision with the song Why Me?. The song was written by Johnny Logan, who had won the 1980 and 1987 contests as a singer. The contest took place at the MalmöMässan where the stage set was in the shape of a Viking ship’s bow with a dragon in the centre and stars on each side. The opening sequence included women dressed in the Swedish colours of yellow and blue, twirling ribbons. The filmic postcard tradition was continued with clips based on each country. Last year's winner, Carola, appeared on stage in a white dress with sheer sleeves, a rhinestone collar and cuffs and sang “All the reasons to live”

      This contest marks the last participation of Yugoslavia as one country. As of 1993, all the ex-Yugoslav republics participated independently. This year's final entry was chosen by the Serbian part of Yugoslaviamoreless
    • The 36th Eurovision Song Contest -Rome, Italy
      The 36th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 4, 1991 in Rome. The presenters were Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno. Carola was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Fångad av en stormvind. This was a third victory for Sweden, the last one being in 1984. Their was a tie between Sweden's Carola and France's Amina both go 146 points, but the judges soon announced Carola as the winner because she got the most 10 points of the evening.moreless
    • The 35th Eurovision Song Contest -Zagreb, Yugoslavia
      The 35th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 5, 1990 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia). The awards presenters were Helga Vlahoviæ and Oliver Mlakar. Toto Cutugno was the winner of this Eurovision with the song "Insieme: 1992". This was the second and last victory for Italy, The first one being Non ho l'etá, performed by Gigliola Cinquetti in the 1964 contest.

      The lyrics of several entries celebrated the whirlwind of democratisation that had engulfed central and eastern Europe with bewildering speed in the preceding months, focusing especially on the iconic moment of the Berlin Wall being breached in November 1989. However, the winning song was an even more sweeping evocation of European unity, in anticipation of the completion of the European single market, due at the end of 1992.

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    • The 34th Eurovision Song Contest -Lausanne, Switzerland
      The34th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 6, 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The presenters were Lolita Morena and Jacques Deshenaux. Riva was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Rock Me, representing Yugoslavia.This was the first, and only, victory for Yugoslavia.
    • The 33rd Eurovision Song Contest -Dublin, Ireland
      The 33rd Eurovision Song Contest was held on April 30, 1988 in Dublin. The presenters were Pat Kenny and Michelle Rocca. Future international superstar Céline Dion, then only famous in the French-speaking world, was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi. This was a second victory and last, as of 2006, for Switzerland. The first one being in 1956 with Refrain, performed by Lyss Assia.moreless
    • The 32nd Eurovision Song Contest - Brussels, Belgium
      The 32nd Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 9, 1987 in Brussels. The presenter was Viktor Lazlo. Johnny Logan was the winner for Ireland of this Eurovision with the song, Hold Me Now.
    • The 31st Eurovision Song Contest - Bergen, Norway
      The 31st Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 3, 1986 in the Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway. The presenter was Åse Kleveland. Sandra Kim was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, J'aime La Vie. Aged 13, Sandra was the youngest ever Eurovision winner. Current rules require Eurovision Song Contest participants to be at least 16, so unless the rule is changed Kim's record will never be broken. In the lyrics of her song, Kim claimed to be 15 years of age, but after the Contest, it was revealed that she was actually 13.moreless
    • The 30th Eurovision Song Contest - Gothenburg, Sweden
      The 30th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 4, 1985 in Gothenburg. The presenter was Lill Lindfors, and Bobbysocks was the winner of this Eurovision with the song "La det swinge".
    • The 29th Eurovision Song Contest - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
      The 29th Eurovision Song Contest was held on May 5, 1984 in Luxembourg. The presenter was Désirée Nosbusch. The Herreys were the winners of this Eurovision with the song, Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley. Their "golden shoes" has becomed a pop-cult classic since their win in 1984.
    • The 28th Eurovision Song Contest - Munich, Germany
      It was held on April 23, 1983 in Munich. The presenter was Marlene Charell, who delivered her presentations of the performers in German, English and French. The set that year was rather peculiar, with a quite small, arc-shaped stage surrounding the orchestra section, and large background resembling giant electric heaters, which lit up in different sequences and combinations depending on the nature and rhythm of the songs.

      Corinne Hermes was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "Si la vie est cadeau". This was Luxembourg's fifth victory in the contest which equalled the record set by France in 1977.moreless
    • The 27th Eurovision Song Contest - Harrogate, United Kingdom
      The 27th Eurovision Song Contest was held on April 24 1982 in Harrogate, United Kingdom. The presenter was Jan Leeming. The German entrant, Nicole, was the winner of this contest with the song, Ein Bisschen Frieden.

      Greece were due to participate in the contest with the song 'Sarantapente kopelies' performed by Themis Adamantidis. Although drawn to perform in second place, ERT withdrew the entry a few weeks before the contest.

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    • The 26th Eurovision Song Contest - Dublin, Ireland
      The 26th Eurovision Song Contest was held on April 4, 1981 at the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin. The presenter was Doireann Ní Bhríain. Bucks Fizz was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, Making Your Mind Up. This was the debut year of Cyprus in the contest. United Kingdom win it with their song "Making Your Mind Up".moreless
    • The 25th Eurovision Song Contest - The Hague, Netherlands
      Israel had won the contest two years in a row, however they declined the offer to host the 1980 Contest due to the expenses involved in hosting. The United Kingdom was then approached as they had hosted the event a number of times previously when another nation had declined the offer, but they too declined. Spain, as the 1979 runner up was then asked to host, only for them to also decline, until finally the Netherlands stepped in to host. The date of the contest coincided with the Israeli Day of Remembrance for the Holocaust, and as defending winners of the contest, they decided not to compete.

      However, for Eurovision's 25th Anniversary contest, a new nation made its debut, Morocco, making up a competitor list of nineteen nations, as Monaco did not attend. Morocco, however, have never yet returned for a second contest.moreless
    • The 24th Eurovison Song Contest - Jerusalem, Israel
      The first Eurovision contest held in Israel saw nineteen nations compete, as Turkey pulled out just before the start of competition. The interval act was perfomed Shalom '79.
    • The 23rd Eurovision Song Contest - Paris, France
      The 23rd Eurovision Song Contest marked the return of Denmark to the contest, having not appeared since 1966, joining Turkey who also returned. Their addition to the 1978 Contest created the largest contest ever yet seen, with twenty competing nations. This contest also marked the first time a nation failed to score any points under the new judging system.moreless
    • The 22nd Eurovision Song Contest - London, United Kingdom
      The 22nd Eurovision Song Contest did not start on a high note. First off, the contest was originally scheduled to be broadcast on the 2nd of April, but due to a BBC worker's strike, it was delayed until the 7th of May. And secondly, Tunisia were set to make their Eurovision debut, but withdrew at the last minute for unknown reasons.

      Eighteen nations competed, with Yugoslavia, Turkey, Denmark and Malta all not appearing.moreless
    • The 21st Eurovision Song Contest - The Hague, Netherlands
      The Netherlands was the host nation for the 21st Eurovision Song Contest, with its host a previous winner of the contest, Corry Brokken. Austria and Greece returned to competition, but Sweden, Turkey and Malta all withdrew, creating a total of eighteen acts. Sweden withdrew under the fear that they may win it again, as their hosting duties the previous year had severly affected their economy. Malta had actually selected a singer to compete, but withdrew for unknown reasons at the last minute, and they didn't reappear until the 1991 Contest.moreless
    • The 20th Eurovision Song Contest - Stockholm, Sweden
      The twentieth Eurovision Song Contest, just like the tenth, was marked with the highest number of competitors so far in the contest. Turkey made its debut appearance, however this caused Greece to withdraw as Turkey had only recently invaded Cyprus, joining Denmark and Austria, who once again chose not to compete. But every other nation contested the 1975 Eurovision, making a total of nineteen acts.

      The controversial judging system implemented for the 1973 Contest was changed once again. This time it resembled the system still in place today. The judges would award 12 points to their favourite song, 10 to their second, then 8 to third, 7 to fourth and so on to 1 point (10th place). Originally the juries awarded the points in the order as the songs were sung, unlike today, where the one point is given first, and twelve points last.moreless
    • The 19th Eurovision Song Contest - Brighton, United Kingdom
      Once again the United Kingdom hosted the event when they had not won the previous contest. Luxembourg, having won the 1972 and 1973 Contests, declined the offer to host it two years in a row due to monetary concerns. There were seventeen nations present, whereby once again Denmark, Malta and Austria did not attend, but in a shock, France also chose not to attend, as their president, Georges Pompidou died in the week leading up to the 1974 Contest. Greece had their debut appearance in this contest. The 1974 Contest will always be remembered for producing one of the world's biggest superstar acts, and not so surprisingly, they won this contest.moreless
    • The 18th Eurovision Song Contest - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
      Controversy once again reigned supreme in the 1973 Contest. The Spanish entry "Eres tu" was believed to have been a rewrite of the Yugoslav entry in the 1966 Contest. There were many calls for Spain to be disqualified, which never happened. The Portugese song was a direct attack on the country's decaying dictatorship, and the fear of terrorism was rife, following on from the 1972 Munich Olympics. The fear was so great that the audience was instructed not to stand up before, after or during a performance, otherwise they risked being shot.

      Seventeen nations competed, with Malta, Denmark and Austria all not appearing, and Israel having their debut appearance.moreless
    • The 17th Eurovision Song Contest - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
      Even though Monaco had won the 1971 Contest, they were unable to provide a venue, so once again the hosting responsibilities were handed to the United Kingdom. This is also the only time that the United Kingdom have hosted the event outside of England. Eighteen of the nineteen nations that had competed in the past did so in this contest, with Denmark the only nation not to enter.moreless
    • The 16th Eurovision Song Contest - Dublin, Ireland
      Controversy was present once again, this time at the first Eurovision hosted by Ireland. The judging system was changed for this contest, and it allowed an uneven number of points to be awarded by all of the judges. The structure saw each judge providing each song a score between 1 and 5. It is believed that some judges purposely gave fewer marks to some songs to give their own nation a better chance at winning.

      Eighteen nations turned out for this Eurovision, including every previous entrant, except Denmark. Also for the first time in many years, there was a nation making its debut appearance; Malta.moreless
    • The 15th Eurovision Song Contest - Amsterdam, Netherlands
      There was confusion as to which nation should host the event as there had been a four-way tie the previous year between France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. It was decided that the four nations would draw lots to determine who would host, which saw the Netherlands gain the honour. Following the previous year's controversy, four nations opted not to compete at this contest - Finland, Norway, Portugal and Sweden.

      In total only twelve nations turned up for the contest. Due to the shortened number, the organisers were told to lengthen the show by showing before every act, a video postcard that would showcase particular areas of interest from the host nation. This system is still in place today.

      A rule was finally implemented in the event of a tie for first. Should two nations tie, then the two performers would have to sing once again and all of the jury members (bar those from the nations in question) would raise their hand for the song they preferred. If it was still a tie, they would be awarded joint winners.moreless
    • The 14th Eurovison Song Contest - Madrid, Spain
      There have been many controversies over the many years of Eurovision, but there are probably none bigger than that witnessed in the 1969 Contest. Firstly the number of entrants dropped from seventeen to sixteen after Austria refused to compete, stating that they did not wish to send a singer to a country ruled by a dictator. But this contest will forever be remembered for its final verdict and announcing of the winner, sorry winners. Despite being in its fourteenth year, there still was no rule over what procedure should be implemented in the event of a tie for first place. After all the results were in, it was revealed that there was a tie for first, but not between two countries, or even three, but between four different nations. As there were no rules in place, all four nations were declared as the 'winner,' and because of the tie there were not enough medals to be presented, so the songwriters had to wait until after the contest to receive their medals. This controversy would also see four nations choose not to compete in the 1970 Contest, none of them being one of the joint winners in this contest.moreless
    • The 13th Eurovision Song Contest - London, United Kingdom
      Despite it being the third time that London had hosted the Eurovision Contest, this was the first time that it was coming off their victory in the previous tournament, as on the other two occassions the winning nation had declined the offer to host, choosing to pass those honours over to the United Kingdom. All seventeen competitors from the 1967 Contest competed in this contest, while Denmark still decided not to attend.

      On an interesting note this was the first Eurovision Contest to be broadcast in colour. It was shown in colour in seven European nations, however this broadcast was only an encore presentation the following day. The live broadcast remained in black and white for all countries.moreless
    • The 12th Eurovision Song Contest - Vienna, Austria
      Vienna was the host city for the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, and it bore witness to one of the biggest ever winning margins ever seen in the contest, with the winning song scoring more than double the points of second place. However, the host of the show declared them the winners and was ready to wrap the contest up when their was still one nation left to announce their results. Seventeen nations competed in this contest as Denmark chose to step out, and they would not return until the 1978 Contest.moreless
    • The 11th Eurovision Song Contest - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
      Luxembourg City was the venue once again for the Eurovision Song Contest, following Luxembourg's victory in the 1965 Contest. All eighteen previously appearing nations competed in the 1966 Contest, and there was one new rule change. From this contest, the competing nations could only sing a song in one of their nation's national languages, following the previous year's Swedish song, which was sung in English.moreless
    • The 10th Eurovision Song Contest - Naples, Italy
      The tenth Eurovision Song Contest was marked with having the most performances so far, with eighteen different acts. All seventeen nations that have competed in the previous contests were featured, as well as new-comers Ireland.
    • The 9th Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen, Denmark
      Politics has always had a back stage pass to the Eurovision Song Contest, but in the 1964 Contest it was brought very much to the front stage, when at the conclusion of the Swiss song, a protester climbed onto the stage with a sign stating "Boycott Franco and Salazar". Other than that, the contest unfolded with little trouble.
      After the last few contests consisting of the same sixteen countries, a new nation was brought into the competition; Portugal. However, Sweden decided not to compete, keeping the number of acts at sixteen.
      As in the case with the inaugural 1956 Contest, there is no complete video recording of the contest still in existence, although clips have been found. As with 1956, a radio broadcast of the entire contest is available. It is believed that the video was destroyed in a fire that ravaged the DR Studios in the 1970's, and that no other broadcaster recorded the entire show.
      The judging system was slightly altered, this time the number of judges for each nation reverted back to ten, and the top three songs were awarded 5, 3 and 1 point(s) respectively.moreless
    • The 8th Eurovision Song Contest - London, United Kingdom
      This was the second time in the history of Eurovision that the United Kingdom had been the host nation, and they still had not won a contest. France, the winners of the 1962 Contest declined the opportunity to host, as they had hosted it in 1959 and 1961, and did not wish to host again in 1963. All sixteen countries who had competed in last year's contest were back contending for the 1963 title. However, the 1963 Contest will be forever marred in controversy over the announcement of the winners. Hostess Katie Boyle claimed to have problems understanding the Norwegian jury when they first gave their votes, and they had to be called back after all other juries had voted. When the Norwegian jury was called again, their points were altered in favour of the Danish song, giving it a small lead over the Swiss entry, and thus providing Denmark with the victory.moreless
    • The 7th Eurovision Song Contest - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
      The 7th Eurovision Song Contest, to this day, remains the only contest held on a Sunday. It was also the first time for the contest that there was not a nation making its debut appearance, rather all sixteen countries that had competed in a contest were the entrants for the 1962 Contest.

      The 1962 Contest also saw a change to the judging system. From this contest the rule was implemented that each competing nation would have ten judges. Each of them would rank the performances, awarding 3, 2, or 1 point(s) accordingly. All of these scores were added together with all the judges from each nation, to create an overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings for each nation. These would then receive 3, 2 or 1 point(s) that went toward their overall tally. Each of the top three nations, as judged by the sixteen nations, would be awarded their points respectively, with the winner the nation with the highest points.moreless
    • The 6th Eurovision Song Contest - Cannes, France
      The 1961 Contest was the first time the Eurovision Song Contest had been held at the same place twice (Cannes having been the venue for the 1959 Contest). All thirteen previously competing nations took part in the contest, as well as three nations having their debut appearance: Finland, Yugoslavia and Spain. It may have been Spain's first appearance, but since competing in the 1961 Contest, they have never missed a Eurovision Song Contest.moreless
    • The 5th Eurovision Song Contest - London, United Kingdom
      Even though the Netherlands had won the 1959 Contest, being the first nation to win it twice, they declined the offer to host the 1960 Contest, as they had only just hosted the 1958 Contest, so the hosting honours went to the nation that ranked second in the 1959 Contest, the United Kingdom.

      For only the second time since its inception (the other being in the 1957 Contest), every nation that had appeared in at least one contest competed in the 1960 Contest, along with first-time entrants Norway.moreless
    • The 4th Eurovision Song Contest - Cannes, France
      The 4th Eurovision Song Contest was held in Cannes, France following France's win in the contest the previous year. For the 1959 Contest, there were eleven entrants, the highest yet, with the debut of Monaco. All nations present at the other three contests competed in the 1959 Contest, with the exception of Luxembourg.

      A new rule was introduced which saw that the judges could not be a professional composer or publisher.moreless
    • The 3rd Eurovision Song Contest - Hilversum, Netherlands
      This Contest officially commenced the rule that the winner of the contest will become the host of the following year's contest. For the 1958 Contest there were once again ten nations competing. All of those who appeared in 1957 were back, with the exception of the United Kingdom (which as of 2007 is the last time they have not appeared in Eurovision), and Sweden had its debut appearance.

      The judges were no longer present at the venue, rather they watched it in their home country on television and rang in to give their verdict.moreless
    • The 2nd Eurovision Song Contest - Frankfurt, Germany
      Although the results of the first Eurovision Song Contest are unknown, it is believed that Germany placed second, and were therefore granted with the hosting duties of the 1957 Contest. All seven countries from the first Contest were involved, along with three new countries - Denmark, Austria and the United Kingdom.

      This tournament also saw the introduction of a rule that still stands today, that no song is to be over three minutes length, following the 5:09 Italian entry.

      Each nation only sang the one song, and the full results were revealed, the songs having been judged by a panel of judges who could not vote for their home country.

      The 1957 Contest was still primarily a radio contest, but it did have greater television coverage than the first contest.moreless
    • The 1st Eurovision Song Contest - Lugano, Switzerland
      For the first ever Eurovision Song Contest, seven nations were vying to be crowned the winners. Unlike any other Eurovision Song Contest, each country could submit two songs for judging, even if both were sung by the same singer, as was the case for Switzerland, and the results of the contest, except for the winner, remain unknown. The other nations competing were Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

      This contest was mainly a radio event, but there were cameras filming the show for the select few Europeans who owned televisions. However, no known footage of the contest has survived.moreless
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