Eurovision - the International Song Contest

Eurovision is a song contest across Europe and a few other countries. Every country in Europe chooses a musician that represents their country in the contest, where they compete with each other. It became one of the biggest music events in Europe. Across all countries, people are watching this event and cheering for their favourite musician. Besides, it’s really interesting to see the beginning of some well-known singers’ careers. 

Eurovision History

The Eurovision Song Contest started on 24th of May, 1956, at the Teatro Kursaal in Lugano, Switzerland. During this year, each contestant submitted 2 songs but performed only one. As few as 7 countries performed that year and voting for the best performance took behind a closed door. Throughout the years, more countries participated in Eurovision and it got bigger. It got so big in 1974 that Swedish winners ABBA became one of the most known groups in the world. Obviously, Swedish musicians have a way of conquering not only Europe but the world as well (another example would be the already covered Yung Lean). ABBA got really big with their songs “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, “Take a chance on me” and many more. Consequently, a lot of musicians went to this contest to do the same thing as ABBA, several singers, such as Conchita Wurst in 2014, even wanted to make a change in the world. This performance showed support to LGBT by winning Eurovision. Right now a lot of people see Eurovision as a bit of a comedic event. Especially after the Will Ferrel movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”. However, to many Europeans it’s still a big deal to show their country at the contest.

Eurovision Winners

So, as has been said before, a lot of singers participate in this contest with an idea in mind to sign big record deals and reach international careers. These intentions to a lot of artists become nothing but a dream, nevertheless, for some it becomes a reality. For instance, we mentioned ABBA, which was a really popular group in the 80s. Of course, there were other pretty big winners of Eurovision like Celine Dion, Dima Bilan, Ruslana and Alexander Rybak. They left a big mark in European music history. In 2020, there were a lot of rumors that Lithuanian group The Roop would win Eurovision. Sadly, the Eurovision Song Contest was canceled because of Covid. Regardless, this group got a record deal with the biggest record label in the world. So, as already stated, Eurovision is a great way to promote themselves and their countries. The hosting country has a huge event with thousands of tourists. Millions of people can find out about their country at the same time. So, it was a big deal to host this music event in Azerbaijan, Serbia, Latvia, Estonia, Yugoslavia and many other countries. As we can see, it’s a big deal for both the musicians and the countries.

Eurovision song contest is one of the biggest music events for quite some time now. Some big musicians started their career there and helped their country to get a lot of attraction.

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