Nearly 200 million people watch it and some countries send their most critically acclaimed acts. Naff and cheesy or fun and loved worldwide – just what’s the fuss about Eurovision?
The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956 and some people think it’s old-fashioned and corny. But it is the most-watched live music event in the world! Radio 1 Newsbeat reporters Steve Holden and Daniel Rosney explain why that is and how the competition is moving away from its past image. This year it’s bigger than ever, most of the acts are under 30 and some countries are sending their nation’s most successful stars.
Radio 1 looks at the big Eurovision moments as well as the surrounding controversies, speaking to some of this year’s favourites including The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence, Iceland’s Hatari and Alexandra from Norwegian band Keiino. As well as the 2019 Ukrainian entry, Maruv, who has already pulled out of this year’s finals. And as always with Eurovision, there are a few surprises in there too!