Saturday, February 22, 2014


We are already counting down to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, but let's have a look at some FACT-Sheets About last year Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Malmö:


• The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is the 58th
consecutive annual event, this year produced
by Swedish public broadcaster SVT, under the
auspices of the European Broadcasting Union

• EBU Member Broadcasters from 39 countries
are taking part in this year's competition;

• It is the fifth time the Eurovision Song
Contest takes place in Sweden (1975, 1985,
1992, 2000 and 2013), and the second time in
Malmö (1992);

• TeliaSonera, is the 2013 Eurovision Song
Contest Presenting Partner. Schwarzkopf is the
Official Beauty Partner of the event;

• Some 1,550 accredited journalists from over
80 countries are expected to cover the
contest. They will attend some 40 press

• A crew of some 700 people is involved with
the production, while several hundreds of staff
and over 500 volunteers will support the event
organization of the 2013 Eurovision Song

• 1,283 lighting fixtures will be used, of which
800 moving lights, connected through 24km
signal cable. 3,500 meters of truss are being
used to rig equipment into the ceiling of the
Malmö Arena

• Instead of the well-known large LED walls
viewers have seen for many years, SVT uses
350 square meters of mapping surface
covered by gigantic projectors

• 23 HD-cameras will be used to film the 2013
Eurovision Song Contest

• All equipment in the ceiling of the arena
weighs about 400 tons

• Over 100 million viewers from across Europe
and the world are expected to tune in for the
two Semi-Finals and the Final

• This year, over 100 million page views will be
generated on the contest’s official website,;

• The Eurovision Song Contest channel on
YouTube registeres more viewers than the
channels of the White House and the Obama
campaign combined, whereas over one million
fans follow the Eurovision Song Contest on a
variety of social media channels.


The history of the Eurovision T Song Contest began as the

brainchild of Marcel Bezençon
of the EBU. The contest was based on
the Italian Sanremo Music Festival and
was designed to test the limits of live
television broadcast technology.
The first contest took place on 24 May 1956,
when seven nations participated. With a live
orchestra, the norm in the early years, and
simple sing-a-long songs on every radio
station, the Contest grew into a true pan-
European tradition.
In the beginning, it was obvious for the
participants that they should sing in their
country's national language. However, as the
Swedish entry in 1965, Absent Friend, was
sung in English, the EBU set very strict rules
on the language in which the songs could be
performed. National languages had to be used
in all lyrics. Song writers across Europe soon
tagged onto the notion that success would
only come if the judges could understand the
content, resulting in such entries as Boom-
Bang-A-Bang and La La La. In 1973, the rules
on language use were relaxed, and in the
following year ABBA would win with Waterloo.
Those freedom of language rules would be
soon reversed in 1977, to return with apparent
permanent status in the 1999 contest.
The voting systems used in the Contest have
changed throughout the years. The modern
system has been in place since 1975. Countries
award a set of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and
finally 12 to other songs in the competition —
with the favourite song being awarded 12
points, the famous douze points.
Historically, a country's set of votes was
decided by an internal jury, but in 1997 five
countries experimented with televoting, giving
members of the public in those countries the
opportunity to vote en masse for their
favourite songs. The experiment was a success
and from 1998 onwards all countries were
encouraged to use televoting wherever
possible. Nowadays members of the public
may also vote by SMS. Whichever method of
voting is used—jury, telephone or
SMS—countries may not cast votes for their
own songs.
The end of the Cold War in the early 1990s led
to a sudden increase in numbers, with many
former Eastern Bloc countries queuing up to
compete for the first time. This process has
continued to this day with more and more
countries joining. For this reason, in 2004 the
Semi-Final format was introduced by the EBU
which turned into two semi-finals for the
Eurovision Song Contest in 2008. Now all
countries, except the Big Five – France,
Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom
– together with the host country, have to go
through a Semi-Final to qualify for the Final
where the favourite song of the European TV
viewers is selected, for the 58th time in 2013.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fact & Figures about Eurovision Song Contest

Hello! Today I'm gonna show you some fact & figures about ESC.


? The first ever Eurovision Song Contest was
held on the 24 May, 1956, in Lugano,

? In 56 years, over 1,300 songs have competed
in the Eurovision Song Contest

• Noel Kelehan conducted five winners (1980,
1987, 1992, 1993 and 1996)

• Dutch conductor Dolf van der Linden
conducted for seven different countries
(Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the
Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland

• Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song
Contest three times. In 1980 and 1987 he
represented Ireland as performer and won
both times, in 1992 he wrote Linda Martin's
winning entry Why Me

• Poland made the most impressive debut in
1994, when Edyta Gorniak came 2nd with To
Nie Ja, closely followed by Serbia's victory in
2007. Although Serbia & Montenegro had
been represented twice before, it was the first
time that Serbia took part as an independent

• Norway could be found at the bottom of the
list as many as ten times! The unfortunates
came last in 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981,
1990, 1997, 2001 and 2004. Nevertheless, they
also won three times (in 1985, 1995 and 2009)

• Ireland won a record seven times,
Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom
5 times. Sweden and the Netherlands won 4

• ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song
Contest winner. The Swedish pop band won
the contest in 1974

• In 2008, a record number of 43 countries
took part, just like in 2011

• The most covered Eurovision Song Contest
song is Domenico Modugno's Nel Blu Dipinto
Di Blu, also known as Volare. The song has
been covered by famous stars such as Frank
Sinatra, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many

• Televoting was introduced in 1997

• In 2004, the first televised Eurovision Song
Contest Semi-Final was held. In 2008, a
second Semi-Final was introduced

• In 2009, some 124 million people watched
the three live shows on television. In 2011, over
105 million people tuned in for the shows

• During the Eurovision Song Contest Final of
2012, more than 1,5 million tweets were posted
with the hashtag #eurovision, peaking already
20 minutes into the live broadcast

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Eurovision 2011: Feel Your Heart Beat

Eurovision 2011: 
Feel Your Heart Beat

 Today I've decided to talk about Eurovision 2011 Theme Art.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was held in the Host City of Düsseldorf, Germany where the Grand Final was broadcast live to over 43 countries to viewing audience of 125M+ people.
In addition to all of the animated graphic assets used during the show such as the title sequence, stings, lower 3rd straps and dynamic voting table, Turquoise Branding, (the creators) created the overall visual identity for Eurovision 2011. TQ's crafted it to work as both an energetic and uplifting static identity as well as a dynamic animation in all on-screen graphics.
The Eurovision 2011 identity was honoured with an award for innovation at the 13th International Eyes & Ears Awards 2011.

Inspired by.. Lena!
Consistent with the theme, the heart is the key feature of the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf – a symbol which is immediately recognised around the globe.
The idea was inspired by last year’s contest's Final in Oslo, where the winner, Lena, during her conversation with the host Erik Solbakken formed a heart with her fingers to thank all people who had voted for her. Many representatives of other countries followed, adopting Lena’s gesture.
This year, the heart will be employed making use of compelling animations - it consists of multi-coloured, pulsating rays of light. Their function is to connect countries, people and their songs. They also symbolise national flags in different colours.
Please check out the gallery of Eurovision 2011 Theme Art:
Please check out Eurovision 2011 Theme Art Photos:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Is Eurovision Song Contest 2009 the best ESC ever?

This is my first post on this blog, and I want to start it with Eurovision Song Contest 2009 which was held in Moscow, Russia. It's also notable as one of the most expensive Eurovision Song Contest shows ever.
It's notable also for one other thing. In 2009, Norway won the contest with the highest number of points ever. It were 387 points! A clear favorite!
Below you can watch Alexander Rybak performance at the Grand Final of ESC 2009:

Nice song though! I like it.
Please tell below your opinion about this ESC winner! Thanks for reading this blog!