Eurovision – is now the name of TV distribution network run by the European Broadcasting Union. It appeared in the mid-50’s and still continues to disseminate news and sports materials in Europe and beyond.

Eurovision Song Contest was first held in Switzerland in 1956. It grew out of the Italian Sanremo Music Festival, a favorite project Frenchman Marcel Besona, who saw the contest way to unite the nations of postwar Europe. Festival in San Remo, there so far.

The competition takes place between members of the EBU – hence the presence of Israel and other countries outside the European map. And because of much more than the possible participants, is the pre-selection procedure based on the fact how much progress you have made in previous years. Unless you belong to the EBU Big Four – Britain, Germany, France and Spain – in this case, you get to the contest automatically.

We can say that the UK carries more all at Eurovision. Yes, of course, Ireland have won more often (7 times against the British 5), but the British found themselves 15 times the second, Luxembourg and France also won five contests, but how many times they were the second, huh? Не более трех. No more than three.

There are no restrictions regarding the nationality of the perpetrators, which confirms the participation in the competition born in America with a group of Katrina Leskanish Waves from Cambridge two years ago. Another foreigner, speaking for the UK was Ozzie Gina J., and Nana Mouskouri Greek and Belgian Lara Fabian represented Luxembourg in 1963 and 1988, respectively. Incidentally, the 1988 winner, Switzerland, represented by then nobody unknown singer from Canada’s Celine Dion.

A Belgian Sandra Kim was only 13 years old when she was in 1986, won the competition with the song “J’aime la vie”. Now artists must turn 16 in the year of the competition so they can take part in it.

There are strict rules regarding the finale. On stage, there can be no amps, the drummer must use provided drum set. You can use minusovki (provided that they are only instrumental). Also, any song that lasts more than 3 minutes risks being disqualified.


The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. Seven countries participated with two songs / artists in the country. Lees Asia from Switzerland won with the song “Refrain”, beating Belgian less joyful song “The Drowned Men Of The River Seine”.


Contrary to general impression, the representatives of Germany, a husband and wife duo Stone & Stone, took last place. Norway won the second time, and the British share 10th place with other parties. Russia, along with Philip Kirkorov took 17th place – his worst result in our country in this competition.


Gina G from Australia performs “Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit”, which brings her only the eighth place, despite the victory in all the world charts. The Irish, considering that one year without winning enough, surely win the contest. Sweden is the son of ABBA member Benny Andersson, Peter Grunvall. Morten Harket from group A-Ha – co-host competition in the Oslo Accords. Russia was forced to skip this year.


Norway has not scored any points, and Britain finally won by Katrina & The Waves. Co-moderator of the competition in Dublin – Ronan Keating from the group Boyzone. Russia was represented by Alla Pugacheva song “Diva”, but not monumental song, nor popular singer in our country, made no impression on the Europeans. 15th place – alas!


Winner – Dana International from Israel. The fact that she changed sex, shows that the Israeli nation is not as conservative.

Tatiana Ovsienko, which was to provide Russia with the song “Sun moe”, was disqualified before the start of the contest.


The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 “becomes the representative of Sweden – Charlotte Nilsson. From this year until new rules – the songs can be played in any language and can sing along with a minus, thus replacing the orchestra. Russia is not involved in this year.


Triumph of Russia! Second place brings our country charming and modest Alsou. The very first were two older brothers Olsen from Denmark. Everyone thinks the brothers undeserved victory.


Copenhagen organized a mediocre show, so sorry about all that last year they beat Russia. Our country was represented by the “Mummy Troll”, which occupied 12th place in the competition. The victory went to the Estonian duo Taneli Padar Dave Benton. A well-known Greek team won the Antique only 3 rd place.


The “Prime Minister” walling top ten. But we never even thought to worry, as the winner of the competition Russian singer Marija Naumova, who represented Latvia.


Channel One walks a risky step and sends the Competition scandalous Tatu. True, they took a third place and became the winner Sertab Erener from Turkey, to the astonishment of all his song and the show, which she arranged on the stage of the Skonto Hall. The hosts of the evening were Maria Naumova and Renars Kuipers.


Young singer Julia Savicheva, who represented Russia at this time, delivered the opinion of many experts, is quite professional. She managed to cope with the emotion and speak beautifully. But this, alas, was not enough for victory. First place was taken by Ukrainian Ruslana.


In February of 2005 for the first time in Russia has passed the selection round of the international music contest “Eurovision”: viewers through online voting determined the winner. At the international competition in Kiev, Russia was represented by Natalia Podolsky with the song “Nobody Hurt No One”.

Eurovision Song Contest – is a television network of television and radio in Europe through the European Broadcasting Union – EBU (established February 2, 1950 at the initiative of 23 public broadcasters in Western Europe).

Currently it includes 66 full members from 79 countries. Among the Russian mass media, non-EMU – The first channel, “Russia” and the radio station “Mayak”.

The supreme body of the EBU General Assembly is convened once a year.

In the mid-fifties of the XX century members of the European Broadcasting Union decided to create a pan-European show, which would contribute to the cultural unification of Europe. As such an event in January 1955 in Monaco, director general of the Swiss television Marcel Betsenon offered international song contest – like the festival in San Remo. The idea received support in the General Assembly of the EBU in Rome on Oct. 19, 1955.

The purpose of the contest – to identify the best song in Europe.

The first Eurovision Song Contest held in 1956 in Lugano (Switzerland). Participated in the contest songs from Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. Over time, the number of countries wishing to participate in the competition is much increased, and their simultaneous participation in the competition has become impossible.

Then it was decided to exclude from the competition in the next year, the country that showed the worst results. The high level of professionalism of the organizers, demanding the jury to impose a national selection of participants a special responsibility towards their country. On the part of national representatives is also required compliance with several regulations. Thus, at the European final can be submitted only those works that are not produced on a commercial basis before 1 October this year. Each country represents a performer in the competition, it makes it possible to offer the audience all over the world a completely new and unique music.

Russia takes part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. Then, in the national competition Russia beat singer Maria Katz, who spoke under the pseudonym of Judith with the song “Eternal Wanderer.” She took ninth place, having received from the European countries 70 points. Six years of achievement Judith remained among the best speeches Russia at Eurovision.

In 1995, on ORT in Dublin at the Eurovision drove Philip. Он исполнил песню “Колыбельная вулкану” и занял 17-е место. He performed the song “Lullaby of the Volcano” and took 17 th place.

In 1996, the national competition won song Andrew Kosinski “I – I am”.  The song has not passed a special screening and was not involved in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 1997, ORT was sent to Dublin Alla Pugacheva song “Primadonna”. She received 33 points and took 15 th place.

In 1998, as a result of a private screening, ORT, Eurovision was supposed Tatiana Ovsienko with the song “My sun, but after screening it became clear that Russia can not take part in the finals, as the average of scores over the past five years was lower than that of other countries.

In 2000, after a two-year hiatus, Russia is once again participated in the Eurovision Song Contest “, held in Stockholm. Our country was represented by Alsou. It was the first Russian singer, who sang not in Russian, and her song” Solo “received 155 points and second place .

May 12, 2001 in Copenhagen, the final of Eurovision 2001. In 2001, the group “Mummy Troll” sang the song “Lady Alpine Blue” in English (Russian version – “Promise”) and received 37 points and 12 th place.

In 2002 a competition was held in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Russia was represented by the group “Prime Minister” with the song “Northen girl”. Song scored 55 points and took 10 th place.

The next contest “Eurovision-2003”, held in Latvia in Riga Skonto Hall. According to the results of the competition commission of Channel opted for Tatu, who sang the song “Do not trust, do not be afraid, do not ask”.  This time, Russia joined the top five, finishing in third place. Gold got Sertab Erener from Turkey.

In 2004, in Istanbul from Russia advocated participant in the project “Factory of stars-2” Yulia Savicheva song “Believe me”. She took 11 th place.

At the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev, Russia was represented by Natalia Podolsky, who received 57 points and took 15 th out of 24. This is one of the worst results of Russia’s history will be conducted. Above all in different years, managed to get Alsou – second place and Tatu – third place. And the lower the bar in 1995 by taking Philip – 17 place.

Another Contest (51 th in a row) was held from 18 to 20 May 2006 in the Greek capital Athens. Russia on the European pop song contest represented Dima Bilan.

In 2004, the contest has a new official logo, which, unlike the logos of previous years, will remain virtually unchanged. The new logo includes the heart symbol in the word Eurovision. This is the heart symbolizes all the wonderful emotions that arise from the Europeans every year when watching the competition. Inside the heart is the flag of the country, which is holding a contest. Flag symbolizes not only the country but also the fans who support their artist, waving national flags. Vivacity and the ease with which pass the Eurovision Song Contest, and symbolizes the font, which is written the word Eurovision.

Every year, Eurovision Song Contest attracts more than 100 million viewers.