The time has come for the annual Eurovision song contest. Whether you’ll be voting for your favourite short break destination or picking the cheesiest or most sparkling entry over 125 million viewers across the world will watch the Eurovision final. Hosted by Germany the Grand Final is broadcast from the Dusseldorf Arena and will air on BBC One tonight. Following two Semi Finals on the 10th and on the 12th of May the final will feature acts from across Europe all competing for the winning place. Countries that have made it through to the final are Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Lithuania, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden, Estonia, Greece, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Moldova, Germany, Romania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, Iceland, Spain, Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia.
With commentary by Graham Norton the country’s eyes will be on Ireland and the United Kingdom entries. Over the past ten years neither country have done very well but throughout the contests history Ireland have won 7 times and the United Kingdom 5 times. During the 1990’s the UK and Ireland achieved the number 1 and 2 spot in 4 of the decade’s contests.
With Ireland’s entry being sung by X-Factor contestants Jedward and the UK utilising the boy band Blue, Duncan James having recently starred in Legally Blonde the musical will this boost their votes from the rest of Europe?
So will you be watching the Eurovision contest? Do you have a party planned and who do you think will win this year? Or will you be avoiding the whole thing?