Nil points!

Radio Times, March 1965With an estimated global audience of 180 million viewers, the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be the 60th edition of this annual jamboree.

This years’ contest takes place in Vienna, following Conchita Wurst’s victory in the 2014 competition with the song Rise like a Phoenix. The nail biting Grand Final will take place this Saturday, 23 May 2015.

Australia is debuting as a “guest” entrant, the first time the country has ever been eligible. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons.

The UK’s entry, sung by newly-formed pop duo Electro Velvet is being praised and panned in equal measure. From being branded ‘a national embarrassment’ to people claiming they can’t stop listening, I’m still in love with you is proving to be quite the hot topic:

The best and the worst

AbbaIt was over 40 years ago, on 6 April 1974, that Swedish pop phenomenon ABBA won the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest with their unforgettable song Waterloo. ABBA went onto become one of the biggest selling groups in the world, and Waterloo topped the list of songs in the Congratulations show that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the contest in 2005.

According to leading music experts, Waterloo is the quintessential Eurovision song. At the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, it was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. If you fancy forming a tribute band, we can’t supply the glittery suits but we can provide the music.

In 2010, fan blog The Eurovision Times voted Switzerland’s 2004 entry Celebrate, performed by Piero and his Music Stars, as the worst Eurovision song of all time. It earned Switzerland ‘nil points’ and thus made them the first country to come last without a single point in a semi-final.

Eurovision Song ContestThe UK has had a tough time at Eurovision in recent years; even pop legends like Engelbert Humperdinck (in 2012) and Bonnie Tyler (the following year) have struggled. We’ll have to wait and see if newly minted Electro Velvet can triumph…

[Ruth]

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