What is Eurovision?

The Eurovision Song Content is the largest music event on the planet!

Exploring the Eurovision Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. Europe.

If you weren’t born and raised in Europe, you’re probably asking yourself “what is Eurovision?” and “why is Karlos International blogging about it?”

There’s nothing quite like the Eurovision Song Contest and no written explanation does justice to the spectacle that is Eurovision.

Eurovision was created in 1956 to unite a continent that had been torn apart by war. Political differences were put aside and the nations of Europe united through the power of music. Since then Eurovision has grown and evolved into a week-long musical spectacular, reaching an estimated audience of 200 million people across the globe.

A view of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 from the Green Room

How does it work?

Over 40 countries enter the competition each year including a handful of non-European countries i.e. Israel & Australia. The contest is like a musical version of the Olympic games. Each nation selects a song and an artist to perform on their behalf and a winner is decided by a mixture of juries and televoting.

The contest reaches a nail-biting conclusion as the votes from each country are announced one by one with each country awarding the maximum of ‘douze points’ to their favourite entry.

I suppose the format of the contest isn’t a million miles removed from the X Factor, American Idol or the Voice, but these shows don’t compare the size and grandeur of Eurovision.

As I say, Eurovision is hard to describe so take a look at video below to get a better feel for the competition.

or better yet, you can watch the entire 2019 Grand Final over on YouTube. Get comfy, it’s 4 hours long!

Many famous faces have appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest. ABBA, Celine Dion and Katrina & the Waves are all Eurovision winners. Other entrants include Olivia Newton-John, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bonnie Tyler, Il Volo and Cascada. Riverdance, Justin Timberlake and Madonna have all performed as interval acts.