Watch ‘Eurovision 2013’ Final Online: Will Bonnie Tyler Help Britain Finally Win the Coveted Song Contest?
This year's "Eurovision" is being held at Malmo, Sweden. The final is this Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m. Swedish time, 3 p.m. New York time. Fans of European music can watch the song contest live at Eurovision's website here. The semifinal 1 has just ended and the semifinal 2 is this Thursday, May 16 at 9 p.m. in Sweden, 3 p.m. in New York, which can also be viewed live online here.
If you tune in online, you'll be joining some 125 million people around the world to watch Saturday night's final to see 26 countries compete for the Eurovision title, which was won last year by Sweden's Loreen with her dance track "Euphoria."
This year, Britain, which hasn't won the coveted Eurovision title since 1997, is hoping that Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler will break the dry spell. Britain is one of the five countries that due to large financial contributions from national broadcasters, is able to bypass the semifinals and are guaranteed a spot in the final. The Big Five, as they are known, are Britain, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
Some countries choose who will represent them in "Eurovision" with elaborate, nationally televised contests, but in Britain, the "Eurovision" act is picked just by the BBC.
Bonnie Tyler, probably best known for her 1983 number one hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart," will be singing her latest single at the "Eurovision 2013" contest, the rock ballad "Believe in Me."
The "Eurovision 2013" grand final on Saturday will be hosted by Swedish comedian, dancer and television host Petra Mede. The voting method is down to TV voters and a professional jury in each country. The 16 countries currently in the grand final are Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Moldova, Estonia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Russia, Italy, Ireland and Denmark. The last 10 spots will go to the countries that qualify from the semifinal 2.
The "Eurovision" song contest, which began in 1956, is one of the longest running televisions shows in the world. Ireland, having won "Eurovision" seven times including three times in a row from 1992-1994, holds the record for the highest number of wins. France, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and Sweden are second with five wins. The Netherlands is third with four "Eurovision" titles.
The most famous "Eurovision" act has to be ABBA, who won the contest for Sweden in 1974 with their song "Waterloo." ABBA, of course, went on to become one of the most successful bands of all time, and the inspiration for the smash hit Broadway show "Mamma Mia" and the movie of the same name.
Another "Eurovision" act that made it was French Canadian singer, Celine Dion who won the contest for Switzerland in 1988 with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi."
Mostly though, "Eurovision" is known for its incredibly interesting music, or so-bad-it's-good music.
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