Thursday, 22 May 2008

Eurovision 2008: Participants before the Semifinals

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After 52 runnings, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions.

  • German songwriter and composer Ralph Siegel took part 18 times, often together with Bernd Meinunger.
  • Only three women conducted the orchestra at the Eurovision Song Contest. Nurit Nirsch conducted the Israeli entries of 1973 and 1978, Monica Dominique conducted the Swedish 1973 entry and Anita KERR appeared in front of the orchestra for Switzerland in 1985.
  • Most winning songs were performed in English - songs (mostly) in English won 22 times. French is also popular, with 14 victories. Dutch and Hebrew songs won 3 times each.
  • Six different systems were used over the past decades to pick the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner. The Swedish pop band won the contest in 1974.
  • The most covered Eurovision Song Contest song is Domenico Mudugno's Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu, also known as Volare. The song has been covered by famous stars such as Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more.
  • Morocco took part in the Eurovision Song Contest only once (1980). Unfortunately, their first attempt was not very successful.

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