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Jade in Red Square © Alain Douit (EBU)

Yes folks … it’s that time again! On 16th May 2009, Russia plays host to the 54th Eurovision Song Contest. The contest involves singers from 42 countries, across three days and is watched by over 100 million people around the world. It is a truly mammoth event which brings together virtually all of the countries of Europe in this linguistic and cultural competition.  

The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1954 when Montreux,  Switzerland, hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest.   Back then, it was watched by 4 million viewers in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.   During the 53 years that this contest has been going, several countries have come out winners many times. Ireland, for instance,  has won seven times.   The UK’s entry is Jade Ewen, singing a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, in a bid to get ‘douze points’.   However, it looks like Norway is the favourite.

Alexander Rybak will sing “Fairytale” at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. He will represent Norway.

Jade will sing “It’s My Time” at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. She will represent the United Kingdom.

The Eurovision Song Contest is truly an international event and is one of the longest running and most watched shows on television in the world. Last year saw a record 43 countries being represented although this year there will only be 42 countries. With so many countries involved, it has been divided into  a first semi-final, a second semi-final with the actual final on the 16th May 2009. The winner’s country will host next year’s competition.

This year, an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be launched.

Cheer on your country, or any of the other 41 countries this year! Listen to the songs and read the lyrics in the original language for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2009>>

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