Júróvisjón Partý

18 05 2013

In the 1950s, as a war-torn Europe rebuilt itself, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)—based in Switzerland—set up a committee to search for ways of bringing together the countries of the EBU around a “light entertainment programme”. At a committee meeting, Marcel Bezençon conceived the idea of an international song contest where countries would participate in one television programme, to be transmitted simultaneously to all countries of the union. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world,with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.

For a little history lesson in music…

The first contest took place on 24 May 1956,where seven nations participated. As the Contest progressed, the rules grew increasingly complex and participation levels rose to pass forty nations at the end of the 20th century. As more countries came on board over subsequent decades and technology advanced, the EBU attempted to keep up with national and international trends.

However, in 1966 a rule was imposed stating that the songs must be performed in one of the official languages of the country participating, after Sweden presented its 1965 entry in English. The language restriction continued until 1973, when it was lifted and performers were again allowed to sing in any language they wished. The submitted songs must always have vocals; purely instrumental music is not allowed. Each song is 3 minutes max (or it is disqualified). The competition is only 3 hours and 20 minutes, including voting and the announcement of the winner!

The super fabulous party in Reykjavik!!!

The super fabulous party in Reykjavik!!!

Eurovision scoring is difficult. Each country ranks all the entries and assigns twelve points to their favorite entry, ten points to their second favorite entry, and eight down to one point to their third to tenth favorites. Countries are not allowed to vote for themselves. Everyone is allowed to vote two times by telephone. The current method for ranking entries is a 50/50 combination of both telephone vote and the votes of juries made up of music professionals. At the end of the night, each country calls in to read their points.

The official 2013 score card - in order of performance. Denmark came in first with the song "Only Teardrops", followed by Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

The official 2013 score card – in order of performance. Denmark came in first with the song “Only Teardrops”, followed by Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

My Top 5 (that I seriously expect you watch):

Oh and for fun…

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