Fun Facts: Eurovision 2014

One of the biggest events on TV, the Eurovision Song Contest is a live show watched by about 125 million viewers every year. Each European country nominates a singer or band to represent them, and once all the entries have performed, the public from all over Europe vote for the winner.

Last year we wrote about the history of Eurovision, but this time we wanted to take a closer look Eurovision 2014. The event takes place on May 10 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Power of English

Even though the only countries who participate in Eurovision who speak English as a first language are the UK and Ireland, most entries for the contest are sung in English. Out of the 37 entries this year, 34 of them are sung in English. The language is important because it makes the song accessible to other nations, and can be easily understood by many.

A Winning Record

Singing in English isn't only common, it's also very successful. 24 songs performed in English have won the contest - more than any other language. In fact, the last six winning songs have all been sung in English. With so many songs performed in English this year, the winning streak is likely to continue.

Eurovision Winner 2013 Denmark
Denmark's Emmelie de Forest sings the winning song, 'Only Teardrops', in 2013. Photo credit: Dennis Stachel (EBU)

From all over Europe

This year's favorite to win is Armenia, who have never won before. They would be the most easterly country ever to win (apart from Russia). Entries come from all over Europe, and sometimes even beyond. In 1980, Morocco entered the contest, although they didn't do very well, finishing in 18th place out of 19.

Taking things seriously... or not

Some countries take Eurovision very seriously. Other countries have a more interesting approach... Two of this year's stranger entries come from France and Latvia. France's song is called 'Moustache' and is about how the singer has everything he wants in life, apart from the fact that he can't grow a moustache. Latvia's entry is about how the singer has achieved so many great things, but doesn't know how to bake a cake.
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Party Time

Eurovision parties are common all across Europe, and vary in scale. Some people have small house parties, whereas some people take to the streets and watch on giant screens. If you are studying with us in the UK or Ireland, be sure to look for any celebrations going on near you. You can always talk to your social coordinator to see if they can find any more information.

Is your country involved in Eurovision, and what do you think of this year's songs? Or is Eurovision completely new to you? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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