Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest, also known as just Eurovision, is an annual singing contest held in Europe for entrants primarily from countries from Europe. As of 2015, Australia has been allowed guest entrant status. The contest itself has been around since 1956 and was based on the Sanremo Music Festival, which has been held in Italy from 1951 onwards. Eurovision takes place annually and has been broadcast around the world each year since its inception in 1956. The viewing figures for the contest are simply staggering, audience figures are estimated between 100 and 600 million viewers internationally each year which makes it the most-watched event outside sports.
The format of the present day show involves participating countries to submit an original song which is then performed live on the national broadcast channels across Europe. After all the songs are performed there is a national phone/online vote in each country, with points then awarded to nations ranging from 12 down to 1 in addition to a “jury” in each country also awarding points ranging from 12 down to 1. So a double set of points awarded, countries that are not awarded points score zero. After all of the points are in the country with the most points wins the contest and, in turn, becomes the host for the next annual show.
Given that it is one of the longest-running TV shows in the world, the bookmakers are usually keen to get involved in the action. They will offer up promotions specific to the contest but how can you pick a winner? Let’s take a look at some fun facts and statistics to see if they might give us a clue as to who will triumph.
Ireland are the most successful country in Eurovision history with 7 wins but the UK, in spite of their “nul points” notoriety aren’t far behind with 5 wins.
|7||Ireland||1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996|
|6||Sweden||1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015|
|5||France||1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977|
|Luxembourg||1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983|
|UK||1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997|
|Netherlands||1957, 1959, 1969, 1975, 2019|
|4||Israel||1978, 1979, 1998, 2018|
|3||Norway||1985, 1995, 2009|
|Denmark||1963, 2000, 2013|
There have been some huge acts that have performed, and won, for their country/adopted country in the contest’s history:
1967 Sandie Shaw “Puppet On A String” UK
1969 Lulu “Boom Bang-a-Bang” UK
1970 Dana “All Kinds Of Everything” Ireland
1974 ABBA “Waterloo” Sweden
1976 Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses For Me” UK
1981 Bucks Fizz “Making Your Mind Up” UK
1988 Celine Dion “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi” Switzerland
1997 Katrina and the Waves “Love Shine A Light” UK
Eurovision Fun Facts
- Spare a thought for Norway, they have ended last a whopping nine times! 1963,1969,1974,1976,1978,1981,1990,1997 and 2001
- Eurovision songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration
- ABBA, arguably the most famous Eurovision contestants of all time, were famously given a zero by the UK in 1974!
- Australia were invited as guest entrants to the contest from 2015
- The youngest winner came from Belgium, 13-year-old Sandra Kim winning in 1986
- The youngest ever entrant was 12-year-old Jean-Jacques who represented Monaco in 1969
- Conversely, the eldest was 95 year old Emil Ramsauer from Switzerland, performing in the band “Takasa” in 2013
- The 1981 Eurovision Contest was boycotted by Italy, their reason being that it was too old fashioned
- No country who sing second in the order have ever won!
- Luxembourg boast five winners of the contest, but none of the five were actually from Luxembourg
- Riverdance, now a world-famous dance act, first performed as an interval act in the 1994 contest
- The record number of entrants was 43 in 2008, 2011 and 2018
- Serbia competed as an independent country for the first time in 2007, and won the whole thing!
- Cyprus hold the unwanted record for the longest losers, they have sadly never had a victory
- One of the strangest songs to date was Turkey’s entry in 1983 “Opera” which consisted of the word opera being repeated, and that was it!
Betting on the Contest
With the Eurovision Song Contest being such a large event you will find offers from bookies annually for the show. We can take advantage of these offers, and lock in profit, through the technique of matched betting with Profit Accumulator. Read on to find out more about this technique and how you can sign up.
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