Will the referendum result mean Britain is out of the annual competition?
On Friday (June 24) Britain voted to leave the EU in a historic referendum result. The decision to leave the EU has thrown up a lot of questions for the British public, but for some, the worry that we may no longer be able to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest is top of their list.
Eurovision host Graham Norton.
But Eurovision fans have nothing to worry about, we will of course still be able to enter after Brexit. On Friday many fans took to Twitter to voice their concerns, but the contest’s official account was quick to give assurances, tweeting: ‘British referendum outcome doesn't impact @Eurovision presence of the UK. @BBCEurovision, be welcome next year!’
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But not everyone was happy to see the ‘Can't Stop the Feeling’ singer.
US singer Justin Timberlake performed at the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on Saturday evening, as the votes were being counted for the 26 acts. The singer performed 2003 hit ‘Rock Your Body’, followed by new single ‘Can't Stop the Feeling’, from the upcoming musical comedy Trolls.
Justin Timberlake performed at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Taking to the stage at the Globe Arena, Timberlake said: "To all of you, I know what it's like to perform a song for the first time in front of millions of people, so I know you must have been nervous tonight. You all represented your countries so very well and you must be so very proud. Cheers to you. I'm now nervous myself!”
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The singer will perform his brand new track 'Can't Stop the Feeling' during the interval at Saturday's Eurovision finals in Stockholm.
The 35 year old American superstar will perform the track, which he unveiled just a matter of days ago as the first single from his forthcoming score to the DreamWorks animated movie Trolls, during the interval at the 2016 Eurovision finals on Saturday night (May 14th).
Justin Timberlake will be performing during the interval at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night
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Ovidiu Anton was due to perform ‘Moment of Silence’ at this year's contest in three weeks time.
Romania has been shockingly kicked out of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after its public service broadcaster failed to pay outstanding debts dating back to 2007. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) claim that Romania’s Televiziunea Romana (TVR) owes then over £14 million and has so far failed to make satisfactory arrangements to repay the debt.
Christer Bjorkman has blamed Wogan’s commentary for destroying the contest's credibility in the UK.
Christer Bjorkman, the producer of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has hit out at the late Terry Wogan, blaming the presenter for ruining the British public’s attitude towards the annual competition. Bjorkman said that Wogan’s ‘mocking’ commentary, which he provided on the BBC for 28 years, meant that the contest could never be taken seriously in the UK.
The late Terry Wogan has been accused of ruining the Eurovision’s reputation in the UK.
Appearing in London, Bjorkman was asked why he thought the contest was seen as frivolous in the UK. “There are several reasons, one is Terry Wogan himself,” Bjorkman said (via The Mirror). "He did this for 28 years and his commentary always forced the mockery side and there is a grown-up generation in Britain that doesn’t know anything better.”
The duo first met while competing on BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ last year.
Duo Joe and Jake have been chosen to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm later this year. The pair, who met while competing on ‘The Voice’ last year, won the public vote during BBC4’s live 'Eurovision: You Decide' show on Friday night.
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The contest's organisers have announced the first changes to the voting system since 1975.
The Eurovision Song Contest has announced a significant overhaul of its voting system for the first time in over four decades, in a move that they hope will result in “TV magic”.
On Thursday (February 18th), the Eurovision organisers announced that the upcoming competition in Stockholm, Sweden, on Saturday May 14th will see the start of a new scoring system. In previous years, the results of professional juries and viewers have been presented as a combined result from each country in the famous 'douze points' format.
Graham Norton will again be presenting the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the BBC
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The BBC will hold an ‘X-Factor’ style talent search to determine the UK’s next Eurovision hopeful.
After years of Eurovision disappointment, the BBC are hoping the UK can do better next year, by handing the decision of who will represent the country back to the public. The UK’s Eurovision entry had always been chosen by the public until 2011, when a ‘panel of experts’ were brought in by the Beeb to make the decision.
Last year Electro Velvet were chosen with the song ‘Still In Love With You’, which earned an embarrassing five points and saw the UK finish fourth from last. The biggest success the UK has had in recent years was back in 2009 when Jade Ewen finished fifth with ‘It’s My Time’. Ewen won the right to represent the UK through BBC show ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You’.
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Everybody loves Conchita Wurst, it's offical, but what do we know about the Eurovision's break out star?
Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst stole the show at this year’s Eurovision. Winning by a mile she managed to overcome controversy and triumph thanks to her mesmerising performance of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. But who is the Austrian sensation who first gained famed as Thomas Neuwirth?
Conchita Wurst won this year's Eurovision
Conchita Wurst is the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, a 25 year old Austrian singer born in the small town of Gumden. Neuwirth’s first brush with fame came in 2007 when he reached the final of Austrian talent show Starmania, which is kind of like the X-Factor without the Simon Cowell influence. Wurst made it all the way to the final but eventually came in second to Nadine Beiler. who coincidently went on to represent Austria in the 2011 Eurovision, but only managed 18th place.
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Conchita Wurst, the contestant from Austria, has won the Eurovision Song Contest. The bearded drag act performed ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ and won by a considerably margin.
Austria has won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest which was held last night (10th May) in Copenhagen. Conchita Wurst, a drag act, won the competition with her son ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ which received 290 points.
Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Austria.
Austria won by a considerably number of points. The Netherlands came in second with 238 points whilst Sweden obtained third place with 218. The British act, Molly Smitten-Downes came in 17th place with her song ‘Children of the Universe’. Molly gained 40 points and came in 17th out of the 26 countries in the final.