The Eurovision Song Contest Strikes Again!

We’re counting down the days until the 57th Eurovision Song Contest strikes our television screens (and our eardrums) on Saturday 26th May 2012. This year, the contest will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Eurovision Song Contest is an international event and one of the longest running and most watched shows on television in the world. The winner’s country will host next year’s competition.

The contest involves singers from 42 countries, across three days and is watched by over 100 million people around the world. With so many countries involved, the contest has had to be divided into a first semi-final, a second semi-final, with the actual final on Saturday 26th May. It is a huge event which brings together virtually all of the countries of Europe in this linguistic and cultural music competition.

And now a little history! The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956 when Montreux, Switzerland hosted the very first Eurovision Song Contest. BIn those days, it was watched by 4 million viewers in Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. During the 56 years that this contest has been going, several countries have come out as winners many times. Ireland, for instance, has won seven times. The United Kingdom, Luxembourg and France have each won five times since 1956.

The UK’s entry this year will be sung by singing veteran, Engelbert Humperdinck with his song ‘Love Will Set You Free’.

The Azerbaijani singer Sabina Babayeva will sing her song ‘When the Music Dies’ with the Irish contestants Jedward, making it through to the Finals with their song, ‘Waterline’.

Why not cheer on your country this year (or any other country!) and read about each performer or listen to the songs for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2012>>

We will update this page with details of the winner after the contest finishes on Saturday 26th May 2012.

And the Winner is….. SWEDEN! Sweden has won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest which took place last night in Baku, Ajerbaijan. Read more about the winners and losers>>

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