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The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la Chanson) is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television 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 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. Eurovision has also been broadcast outside Europe to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela despite the fact that they do not compete. Since 2000, the Contest has also been broadcast over the Internet, with more than 74,000 people in almost 140 countries having watched the 2006 edition online.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2006
was the fifty-first Eurovision Song Contest
, held at the Olympic Indoor Hall
on the 18 May 2006 (for the semi-final) and 20 May 2006 (for the final). The hosting national broadcaster of the contest was ERT
. The Finnish band Lordi
won the contest with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah
" with a record 292 points. "Hard Rock Hallelujah" was the first ever hard rock
song to win the contest (Eurovision is normally associated with softer pop music
). This was also Finland's first victory in Eurovision after 40 years of participation. The official logo of the contest remained the same from 2004 and 2005 with the country's flag in the heart being changed. The 2006 sub-logo created by the design company Karamela for Greek television was apparently based on the Phaistos Disc
which is a popular symbol of ancient Greece
. According to ERT
, it was "inspired by the wind and the sea, the golden sunlight and the glow of the sand". Following Istanbul's
"Under The Same Sky" and Kiev's
"Awakening", the slogan for the 2006 show was "Feel The Rhythm". This theme was also the basis for the postcards for the 2006 show, which emphasized Greece's historical significance as well as being a modern tourist destination.
Countries in the Eurovision Song Contest
Place your cursor over a country on the map image below and click on it to access that country's Eurovision article. Or alternatively, see the flag icons below the map for a full list of participating countries. The list reflects the participation as of 2018.
- Eligible EBU members
Countries in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Place your cursor over a country on the map image below and click on it to access that country's Junior Eurovision article. Or alternatively, see the flag icons below the map for a full list of participating countries. The list below reflects the contest in 2016
- Eligible EBU members
Eurovision Song Contest news
- 7 June 2018: "Sing, Little Birdie" (1959) singer Teddy Johnson passes away at age 98. (Eurovision.tv)
- 5 June 2018: The music video for "Toy" is broadcast in Times Square. (Eurovision.tv)
- 3 June 2018: Anna Filipchuk wins Russian Junior selection with the song "Nepobedimy" (Invincible). (JuniorEurovision.tv)
- 2 June 2018: Tamar Edilashvili is selected as the Georgian representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. (JuniorEurovision.tv)
- 27 May 2018: The music video for Netta's "Toy" becomes the most watched video on the official YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest. (Eurovision.tv)
- 26 May 2018: San Marino's 2016 entry, "I Didn't Know", enters Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. (Billboard.com)
- 25 May 2018: Bosnian broadcaster BHRT reveals that it has been barred from competing in Eurovision events until they've paid a €3 million debt to the EBU. (Eurovoix)
- 23 May 2018: The EBU announces that the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was watched by 186 million people. There have also been 6.6 million live streaming sessions on YouTube. (Eurovision.tv)
- 20 May 2018: The Barbara Dex Award 2018 goes to Eye Cue, who represented Macedonia. (Songfestival.be)
- 16 May 2018: The EBU re-uploads the full grand final to YouTube, replacing the UK performance with the jury show version. (Eurovision.tv)
- 13 May 2018: The Marcel Bezençon Awards are given to the Bulgarian, Cypriot and French entries. (Eurovision.tv)
- 13 May 2018: The EBU reveals the results of the two semi-finals. Israel and Norway won their respective semi-finals. (Eurovision.tv)
- 13 May 2018: Israel, represented by Netta singing "Toy", wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Austria won the jury vote, while Israel won the televote and the overall vote. (Eurovision.tv)
- 12 May 2018: The UK performance in the grand final is hijacked by a stage invader shouting political messages into the microphone he snatched from SuRie's hand. The UK delegation refuse to perform again, citing extreme pride in their performance, in spite of the incident. (Eurovision.tv)
- 12 May 2018: The order in which the 43 spokespeople will give out the jury results is revealed — starting with Ukraine and ending with Portugal. (Eurovision.tv)
- 11 May 2018: The EBU discloses the running order for the grand final. The show will start with Ukraine and end with Italy. (Eurovision.tv)
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