Known to those ‘in the know’ as simply the ESC, the Eurovision Song Contest is the annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The competition is simple enough. Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular song in the competition.
Just a bit of Eurovision history to amaze your friends at a possible watching party tonight, the UK has won 5 times, finished second a record 15 times, with Ireland waving the flag as having the most winners since the competition began in 1956 with 7 first place winners. Most notable winners have been ABBA for the song, Waterloo, back in 1974 and then Celine Dion in 1988 while carrying the flag for Switzerland (could have sworn she was Canadian).
With that, how can you not tune in tonight at 9:00pm CET (Central European Time) for the ESC Grand Final? If you’re not in a country where it’s being broadcast, you should be able to watch online here, but don’t hold me to it. If that doesn’t work, you can follow the contest via Twitter for live tweets @eurovision.
For my money, just won’t be the same without Father Ted Crilly and Father Dougal McGuire and their 1996 rendition of “My Lovely Horse“.
If you care to see how they fared in their bid to represent Ireland, click here and enjoy.