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It is again time for the Eurovision Song Contest. Since I have posted enough background information in the last year it is time to take a look at the map of Europe.
As you can clearly see due to the melting ice at the North Pole the increasing amount of water helped the continental drift that we have a new country in the European Broadcasting Union.
Australia will take part in this years 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest !
(And this is no joke.)
It is true. Australian viewers are fans of the Euovision Song Contest for a pretty long time and they finally get their chance to participate - unlikely USA or Canada with just a composition or singer - fully as participant number 40. Australia will count as Big Five number 6. The country doesn't need to participate in the semi-finals and will directly make it into the finals. In the case of Australians victory they are allowed to take part a 2nd time, but in a European Country unlikely the ordinary winning country. In the case of a defeat they will go home and not participate in the Eurovision next year.
A survey on the Eurovision page show that 81% of the people think that this decision is great. Around 10% are against it, 5 % don't care and the remaining people fell asleep after ticking and before sending the vote.
What is the Eurovision?
In a nutshell, a Song Contest with participants of all members of Europe, more specifically members of the EBU which also include some countries of the Middle East and North Africa. There are broadcastings in other countries like Australia, Japan, China, Canada and USA who are no part of the EBU, but where at least a little fan base exists. Besides in Australia which really loves the Contest, it is unknown for most others.
Is there something interesting about it?
Yes, the music style. It has nothing to do with mainstream. The Eurovision Song Contest is very special, evolved out of a lot of Chansons (the former name is Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson) into a mix of various genres you can definitely call an own genre. RapKiddies or HipHopFatties have no chance in there. The music is celebrated with a sometimes more or less big stage show on the biggest stage in the world with over 195 million viewers.
Furthermore as a sign of togetherness the voting at the end is a big highlight where they create a live connection to every country of the EBU (including Australia this year) that is allowed to vote for the songs.
Ukraine will not take part in the 2015 contest.
The next Eurovision is on the 23rd of May with the 2 semi-finals always 2/4 days before it (19th and 21st).
http://www.eurovision.tv/page/timeline - official page