A music competition known as the Eurovision Song Contest has been shown on television continuously since 1956. The show consistently earns some of the most excellent viewing numbers of any non-sporting event broadcast on television anywhere around the globe.
This competition is attended by representatives from the vast majority of the nations that make up the European Union. After the live performance of each song, viewers and a panel of judges cast their votes for the competition’s winner.
Each nation is allowed to submit one song and one singer. This takes place in May each year. Several well-known artists, such as ABBA and Celine Dion, got their start on this show, which enjoyed widespread popularity in Europe, North America, China, and Australia.
This article looks at the most recent winner and the countries with the most wins overall.
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Countries That Do Well In Competition
In 2016, Ukraine triumphed at the competition with the song “1944” by artist Jamala. Even though this was not the country’s first victory, the fact that they did not participate in the competition in 2015 due to ongoing internal strife made it more meaningful.
It was the first time the song was performed in the Crimean Tatar language, which was also the first language used in the competition.
Her song was inspired by the life of her Crimean Tatar great-grandmother, and the lyrics tell the narrative. In 1944, during Joseph Stalin’s rule, members of the ethnic minority were expelled from the nation without their will.
The story was picked up by international media, which suggested that it might be rejected owing to its political message or that it should be disqualified due to its political message. Instead, the Eurovision Reference Group disproved such claims and approved the presentation.
With seven victories to its name, Ireland clinches the top spot in the annals of the competition’s history. Only one of the fifty entries was produced in Gaelic, while the other fifty were written in English. 1992, 1993, and 1994 were the years in which we won consecutively for the first time.
In 1992, “Why Me?” by Johnny Logan was the winning song, and Linda Martin was the winner. Niamh Kavanagh won the competition in 1993 with her song “In Your Eyes,” while Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington won the competition in 1994 with their song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids.”
Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest six times, making it the country with the second-most victories overall. ABBA’s performance of “Waterloo” was primarily responsible for the band’s initial success in 1974.
The Herreys’ “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley” performance in 1984 earned the country its second first-place victory that year. They won again in the 1990s and again in the 2010s, making Sweden one of only two nations to win in four different decades.
Europe’s Three Powers: Luxembourg, France, and the United Kingdom
With five victories, France, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom share a third place as the most successful participants in Eurovision history. Since the tournament’s inception, France has only missed two events. André Claveau’s “Dors Mon Amour” brought them their first victory in 1958.
There have been a total of 37 occasions in which Luxembourg has taken part, although none have taken place since 1994. The song “Nous Les Amoureux,” sung by Jean-Claude Pascal in 1961, was their first hit and brought them their first triumph.
The United Kingdom chose not to participate in the very first competition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Only twice out of the 59 times that they have competed have finished outside of the top ten finalist positions. Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a String” brought them their first victory in 1967.
Making It Big
As was said before, the Eurovision Song Contest has been instrumental in launching the professional performance careers of several musicians. Performers such as Celine Dion, ABBA, and Bucks Fizz are a few examples of this category.
ABBA successfully bid to represent Sweden in 1974’s Eurovision Song Contest, which they used as a platform to attract the attention of the music business. Their idea turned out to be successful. While competing for Switzerland in 1988’s contest, Celine Dion was also able to garner international notice with her performance effectively. In addition, Bucks Fizz from the United Kingdom took first place in 1981 with their performance of “Making Your Mind Up.”
The song reached number one on the charts in nine countries and has about 4 million copies worldwide. It will be interesting to see which new musicians get their start through Eurovision triumphs. The program continues to bring the members of the European Union together through the medium of song.
The Eurovision Song Contest: The Countries With the Best Performances
|7||Ireland||1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996|
|6||Sweden||1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015|
|5||France||1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977|
|5||Luxembourg||1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983|
|5||United Kingdom||1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997|
|4||Netherlands||1957, 1959, 1969, 1975|
|3||Israel||1978, 1979, 1998|
|3||Norway||1985, 1995, 2009|
|3||Denmark||1963, 2000, 2013|
|2||Germany[N 5]||1982, 2010|