Eurovision Song Contest

Events, Kid Friendly, Things to Do, What's New — By Anne-Sophie Redisch on May 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm

The Eurovision Song Contest is Europe’s favourite TV-show. It has also been Europe’s – if not the world’s – most famous music competition for the last 54 years. During the show, the hosts will speak equal amounts of French and English, and often interspersed with the host country’s language as well. Say Les Pay-Bas – huit points to any European, and he will reply The Netherlands – 8 points, practically on autopilot.

Many singers and bands have become famous as a result of winning the Eurovision Song Contest. In Brighton in 1974, an unknown Swedish band called ABBA won with Waterloo, thereby launching a major career in pop music.


Another famous contestant, Celine Dion, won for Switzerland in 1988:


At last year’s event, held in Moscow, Norway’s Alexander Rybak won (and yes, we’re still in love with a fairytale).


That means Oslo will host this year’s event. Semifinals have been taking place this week and the grand finale is set for Saturday 29 May at Telenor Arena with 39 participating countries. 1.2 billion people will be watching worldwide. From Iceland to Azerbaijan, groups of friends and families will gather in front of the TV-screens for this most collectively European of events.

Photo by plasmatik (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/Getty Images) on flickr’s Creative Commons

Tags: ABBA, Alexander Rybak, Celine Dion, Eurovision Song Contest, Melodi Grand Prix, Music festival, Norway, Oslo, Scandinavia, Telenor Arena


  • Candice says:

    Nice, a little bit of ABBA history I did not know!

  • Leigh Shulman says:

    I’m marking my calender or at least will see if I can find it here in Argentina.

    Great article, Sophie.

  • inka says:

    Thanks for letting us know.

  • Beverly J Struble says:

    Amazing this has been running- for 54 years!! Speaks volumes! and the Host speaking in different languages through out the performances- ah culture- !

  • Rebecca says:

    you had me at Eurovision..LOVE watching this. Thanks for the reminder Sophie:)

  • Tina says:

    We got to see ABBA win when we lived in Bratislava. Thanks for bringing back memories!


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