Eurovision Song Contest
Genre Song contest
Created by Marcel Bezençon
Presented by List of presenters
Theme music composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Opening theme Te Deum: Prelude (Marche en rondeau)
Ending theme Te Deum: Prelude (Marche en rondeau)
Country of origin List of countries
Original language(s) English and French
No. of episodes 60 contests
Location(s) List of host cities
Running time 2 hours (semi-finals)
3 hours 30 minutes (final)
4 hours (2015 Final)
Production company(s) European Broadcasting Union
Distributor Eurovision
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (1956–present)
720p (HDTV) (2003–present)
1080i (HDTV) (2007–present)
4K (UHDTV) (2013–present)
Original run 24 May 1956 (1956-05-24) – present
Related shows Eurovision Young Musicians (1982–)
Eurovision Young Dancers (1985–)
Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003–)
Eurovision Dance Contest (2007–2008)
External links
Official website
Production website

The Eurovision Song Contest often shortened to ESC or Eurovision, is the longest running annual TV song competition held, primarily, among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956. The competition was based upon the existing Sanremo Music Festival held in Italy.

Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year for sixty years, since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.

Year Host city Slogan
2002 TBA TBA
2003 TBA TBA
2004 TBA TBA
2005 TBA TBA
2006 Flag of Israel TBA TBA
2007 TBA TBA
2008 TBA TBA
2010 TBA TBA
2011 TBA TBA
2012 TBA TBA
2013 Flag of Sweden TBA TBA
2014 Flag of San Marino TBA TBA
2015 Flag of Sweden TBA TBA
2016 Flag of Italy TBA TBA

Winners Edit

Year Host City Winner Artist Song Runner-up
1996 Flag of Norway Oslo Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom* Gina G "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" Flag of Ireland Ireland*
1997 Flag of the United Kingdom London Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Katrina & the Waves "Love Shine A Light" Flag of Russia Russia
1998 Flag of the United Kingdom Brighton Flag of Israel Israel Dana International "Diva" TBA
1999 Flag of Israel Tel Aviv Flag of Iceland Iceland* Selma "All Out of Luck" TBA
2000 Flag of Iceland Reykjavik Flag of Denmark Denmark Olsen Brothers "Fly on the Wings of Love" TBA
2001 Flag of Denmark Copenhagen Flag of Greece Greece Antique "Die For You" TBA
2002 Flag of Greece Athens Flag of Malta Malta Ira Losco "7th Wonder" Flag of Israel Israel*
2003 Flag of Malta Valletta Flag of Turkey Turkey Sertab Erener "Everyway That I Can" Flag of Russia Russia*
2004 Flag of Turkey Istanbul Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" Flag of Cyprus Cyprus*
2005 Flag of Ukraine Kyiv Flag of Israel Israel Shiri Maimon "HaSheket SheNish'ar" Flag of Greece Greece
2006 Flag of Israel Jerusalem Flag of Sweden Sweden Carola "Invincible" Flag of Finland Finland
2007 Flag of Sweden Stockholm Flag of Serbia Serbia Marija Šerifović "Molitva" Flag of Denmark Denmark*
2008 Flag of Serbia Belgrade Flag of Norway Norway Maria Haukaas Storeng "Hold On Be Strong" Flag of Russia Russia*
2009 Flag of Norway Oslo Flag of Iceland Iceland Yohanna "Is It True?" Flag of Estonia Estonia*
2010 Flag of Iceland Reykjavik Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan* Safura "Drip Drop" Flag of Georgia Georgia*
2011 Flag of Azerbaijan Baku Flag of Ukraine Ukraine* Mika Newton "Angel" Flag of Slovenia Slovenia*
2012 Flag of Ukraine Kyiv Flag of Sweden Sweden Loreen "Euphoria" Flag of Spain Spain
2013 Flag of Sweden Malmö Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta "Crisalide (Vola)" Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
2014 Flag of San Marino Serravalle Flag of Sweden Sweden Sanna Nielsen "Undo" Flag of Spain Spain
2015 Flag of Sweden Gothenburg Flag of Italy Italy Il Volo "Grande Amore" Flag of Israel Israel
2016 Flag of Italy Rome Flag of Australia Australia Dami Im "Sound of Silence" Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
2017 Flag of Germany Berlin Flag of Italy Italy Francesco Gabbani "Occidentali's Karma" Flag of Belgium Belgium

By country Edit

Wins Country Years
3 Flag of Sweden Sweden 2006, 2012, 2014
2 Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom 1996, 1997
Flag of Israel Israel 1998, 2005
Flag of Norway Norway 1995, 2008
Flag of Iceland Iceland 1999, 2009
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine 2004, 2011
1 Flag of Denmark Denmark 2000
Flag of Greece Greece 2001
Flag of Malta Malta 2002
Flag of Turkey Turkey 2003
Flag of Serbia Serbia 2007
Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 2010
Flag of Italy Italy 2015
Flag of Australia Australia 2016

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