Facts & Trivia

In its 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest and its participants broke many records and enriched us with countless fait divers. Eurovision.tv highlights the most remarkable and impressive records.

More than 1,400 songs already have taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2006, the song of Ireland's Brian Kennedy was number 1,000. In 2003, Cyprus delivered the 900th song for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1999, Lydia's No Quiero Escuchar was the 800th song.

Number 100 was T'en Va Pas, performed by Esther OFARIM for Switzerland, De Troubadour performed by Lenny Kuhr was the 200th song in 1969. Malta brought number 300 in 1975; Singing This Song. He, He M'sieurs Dames was the 400th song performed on the Eurovision Song Contest, this time by France in 1980.

Luxembourg had the honour of presenting the 500th song in 1986, L'amour De Ma Vie, Portugal the 600th song in 1990 with Ha Sempre Slguem and in 1994, the Polish representative performed song number 700, To Nie Ja. The 1,100th song has been performed in 2008.

The contest

  • Every year an estimated amount of some 180 million viewers watch the Eurovision Song Contest
  • In 2008 and 2011, a record number of 43 countries participated
  • Ireland has won 7 times, Luxembourg, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom 5 times.
  • Poland made the most impressive debute in 1994, when Edyta Gorniak came 2nd with To Nie Ja, closely followed by Serbia's victory in 2007. Although Serbia & Montenegro was represented twice before, it was the first time that Serbia took part as an independent country
  • Norway could be found at the bottom of the list as many as eleven times! The unfortunates came last in 1963, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2004 and in the Grand Final of 2012. Nevertheless, they also won thrice (in 1985, 1995 and 2009)
  • In 2001, the largest audience ever attended the Eurovision Song Contest. Almost 38,000 people gathered at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium to witness the first ever Estonian victory.
  • Most winning songs were performed in English - songs (mostly) in English won 26 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
  • Twice when Sweden hosted the contest - in 2000 and 2013 - it was Denmark that took home the victory.

The legends

  • ABBA is the most successful Eurovision Song Contest winner. The Swedish pop band won the contest in 1974 and has enjoyed phenomenal success ever since
  • 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 Dean Martin, Cliff Richard, David Bowie and many more
  • In 2014, Valentina Monetta took part for San Marino for the third time in a row and .. qualified for the Final!
  • 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
  • in 2011, Lena, the winner of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, decided to defend her title on home ground - something only two people have done in the history of the contest.
  • Noel Kelehan conducted five winners (1980, 1987, 1992, 1993 and 1996)
  • Dutch conductor Dolf van der Linde conducted for seven different countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland
  • German songwriter and composer Ralph Siegel has taken part 21 times, most lately in 2014, granting them their first qualification to the Grand Final. He also won the 1982 contest with Ein bißchen Frieden.
  • 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

Nostalgia

History by year

From 1956, when the first ever Eurovision Song Contest took place, to the 2009 contest in Moscow... Just pick a year from the list to learn more about that particular running, the contestants and more. Each year comes with the relevant scoreboard and loads of background details! HISTORY BY YEAR...

History by country

Some 50 countries took part in the Eurovision Song Contest over the past 54 years. Find out how each of the participating countries has been doing. Just pick a country from the list and dive into the ups and downs they've all went through. HISTORY BY COUNTRY...

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