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The Eurovision Song Contest final and two semi-finals were watched by 204 million viewers in 42 countries, beating 2015’s figures by five million. The final averaged an audience share of 36.3% across 40 countries – more than double the average prime-time viewing share for the same group of channels. The largest audience for the final was in Germany, with 9.3 million viewers, accounting for 36.8% of its TV viewing. Iceland had the largest viewing share – 95.3% of its inhabitants tuned in. It has a population of just 328,000 and the majority were keen to watch the final despite their entry not making it past the semis. Sweden, which hosted the show in Stockholm, had its largest audience since 2000 with 3.6 million viewers for the final, or 84.7% of the population. Winning country Ukraine had its highest Eurovision figures since 2010, with 1.5 million viewers watching Jamala top the leaderboard. UK viewing figures were also up, with the final – which included a performance from Justin Timberlake – watched in the UK by an average of 7.2 million viewers, beating 2015’s 6.6 million viewers.
POSTED: 24/05/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Ukraine Win The 2016 Contest
Ukraine’s Jamala has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Stockholm, Sweden. The country scored 534 points with its song 1944, about the deportation of Crimean Tatars under Josef Stalin. Australia finished second with 511 points, while Russia – which was the favourite going into the competition – was third with 491 points. Joe and Jake, who represented the UK with their song You’re Not Alone, finished in 24th place with 62 points.
Jamala is the first Crimean Tatar to perform at the contest and her song caused controversy because of alleged political overtones. The song has angered Russia, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, as tension between the two countries grew. The juries from Russia and Ukraine did not award each other any points. However large numbers of the Russian public voted for the Ukrainian song, awarding it 10 points while the Ukrainian public gave Russia’s entry the maximum 12 points. Collecting her award, an emotional Jamala thanked Europe for their votes, adding: “I really want peace and love to everyone.”
A new scoring system was introduced this year, providing separate scores for each country’s jury and public votes, rather than combining them as in previous years. At the half-way point after the juries’ votes had been counted, Australia – which had been invited back to perform after last year’s 60th anniversary celebrations – topped the scoreboard with 320 points and a firm lead over Ukraine’s 211 points. But Dami Im’s Sound of Silence failed to strike the same chord with the public and was voted the fourth most popular song overall. The new scoring system highlighted the disparity between the preferences of the juries and the public. It allowed Poland, which was in penultimate place with seven points from the jury, to leap to eighth when the public’s 227 points were taken into account.
It also meant the UK, which had been placed 17th after the jury vote with 54 points, was pushed down to 24th out of 26 when the public’s mere eight points were added. The U.K did however receive the maximum 12 points from the juries of Malta. Despite the low finishing position, the UK still scored more points than it has done since 2011 when Blue competed. Writing on Twitter, Joe and Jake said: “Regardless of the result, our main aim was to make the UK proud. We hope we did that.”
Graham Norton, who provided commentary to viewers watching in the UK, paid tribute to his predecessor Sir Terry Wogan during the contest. He recalled Sir Terry, who died in January, advising him not to drink anything alcoholic until the ninth song had been performed. “I would urge you at home to raise a cup, a mug, a glass and give thanks to the man who was, and always will be, the voice of Eurovision,” he said as the ninth competitor began.
This year’s contest took place at the Ericsson Globe arena in Stockholm and was hosted by last year’s winner Mans Zelmerlow and Swedish TV personality Mede. Justin Timberlake performed his new single during the interval of the show, which also included a sketch featuring British actors Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Derek Jacobi as their ITV Vicious characters.
POSTED: 14/05/16 – Source: BBC News Online
The organisers of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, SVT and the EBU, have revealed the running order for the Grand Final on Saturday. The running order was proposed by the producers of show (SVT) and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and by the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling.
The running order for the Grand Final is…
2. Czech Republic
3. The Netherlands
25. United Kingdom
POSTED: 13/05/16 – Source: eurovision.tv
Tonight in the second show of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from the Globe Arena, 18 countries took part in the second Semi-final in order to qualify for the remaining 10 places available in Saturday’s final. We now have our ten qualifiers, and they are as follows, in the order they were announced.
POSTED: 12/05/16 – Source: eurovision.tv
Ireland has been knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest after former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne failed to qualify for Saturday’s final. The pop star, 37, was unsuccessful in the semi-final in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, where he was one of 18 acts competing for the last 10 places. Ireland is the most successful country in the contest’s 61 year history, with a total of seven wins. The UK qualifies automatically, with duo Joe and Jake this year’s act. The UK is guaranteed a place in the final as one of the “big five” countries along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain. As reigning winners, Sweden also automatically advance to the grand final.
POSTED: 12/05/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Tonight in the first show of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from the Globe Arena, 18 countries took part in the first Semi-final in order to qualify for the 10 places available in Saturday’s final. We now have our ten qualifiers, and they are as follows, in the order they were announced.
POSTED: 10/05/16 – Source: eurovision.tv
The Welsh flag will be allowed to fly at the Eurovision Song Contest after organisers decided to “relax the flag policy”. It had been on a list of banned flags, along with ISIS, despite the UK entry featuring a Welsh singer. Previously only flags of contest members and UN states were allowed due to the event’s non-political nature. Organisers have now agreed to allow the national, regional and local flags of the participants.
POSTED: 06/05/16 – Source: BBC News Online
The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live on US TV for the first time this month. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has reached a deal with Viacom-owned cable network Logo to air the event on 14 May. Eurovision executive Jon Ola Sand said he was “thrilled” the final would be “broadcast live in one of the biggest TV markets for the very first time.” The 61st Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm from 10 to 14 May.
POSTED: 03/05/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Romania has been expelled from the Eurovision Song Contest after its national broadcaster failed to pay outstanding debts dating back to 2007. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) claimed the Romanian public service broadcaster Televiziunea Romana (TVR) owes 16 million Swiss francs. The EBU described the action to exclude Romania from next month’s contest in Sweden as “regrettable”. Romania has never won the contest, but came third in 2005 and 2010. The EBU had called on the Romanian government to make satisfactory arrangements to repay the debt by Wednesday (20 April). The organisation regards the Romanian State as legally obliged to underwrite TVR’s debt.
POSTED: 22/04/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Australia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest has been cleared of breaching rules on product placement. Dami Im’s song, Sound Of Silence, features the lyric “trying to feel your love through face time,” which some have interpreted as a reference to Apple’s video-chat service FaceTime. Eurovision rules prohibit “messages promoting any political cause, company, brand, products or services”. But organisers say the lyrics do not make specific reference to Apple’s app.
POSTED: 05/04/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Joe And Jake, the duo representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, have signed a record deal. Sony Music Entertainment UK will now put out future releases from the pair – whose full names are Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft. Sony Music Commercial Group managing director Phil Savill said: “Joe and Jake are a fantastically talented pair of artists and You’re Not Alone is an outstanding song. “We are delighted to be working with the guys on making this year’s UK Eurovision entry a huge international hit and launching the careers of this amazing act” Joe And Jake said: “We are so excited to be signed by Sony. This whole experience has been a dream come true and we cannot wait to hit the stage at Eurovision.
POSTED: 11/03/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Joe and Jake say they wanted to be the UK’s Eurovision entry so much that they quit their day jobs to focus on it. “We thought, ‘We want this that much,’ we left our jobs,” Joe tells Newsbeat. “We didn’t have any money. We’ve just been singing and grafting.” The pop duo beat five other acts in the Eurovision: You Decide public vote on Friday night. “It’s great to know that it’s paid off and the public have put their trust in us to represent the UK,” he adds. Jake admits: “It was a big risk to just focus all of our time on this because obviously we could have not won.” The 20-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent worked in radiography in a hospital, while Joe, 21, had a job in a school PE department in Ruthin, north Wales. “I knew I wanted to put everything into this and just rehearse [and] rehearse until I could sing the song in my sleep,” explains Joe. You might recognise Joe and Jake from last year’s series of The Voice. Jake got to the battle rounds, while Joe made it to the live shows. Jake says: “We were good friends on The Voice but once it was over we spent more time together and started working together a lot more.”
POSTED: 27/02/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Pop duo Joe and Jake have been selected to represent the UK at May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. The singers, both former contestants on The Voice UK, won a public vote with You’re Not Alone, an uptempo, piano-driven song “about unity and love”. “It feels amazing,” said Joe Woolford, 21, from Ruthin, Denbighshire. “We’re just so proud.” “It’s going to be incredible. We hope we make you all proud,” added Jake Shakeshaft, 20, from Stoke-on-Trent. The duo will be hoping to avoid the fate of last year’s entrants, Electro Velvet, who came third from last, scoring just five points. Joe Woolford is a former PE teacher, who was one of Rita Ora’s finalists in The Voice 2015, while former garden centre worker Jake Shakeshaft was picked by will.i.am, only to be eliminated in the battle rounds. The duo were selected to represent the UK at Eurovision during a live show at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London, which was broadcast on BBC Four.
POSTED: 26/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Ukraine has picked a song about Josef Stalin’s enforced wartime deportation of the Tatar people as its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. Jamala’s song 1944 is about the tragedy that befell her great-grandmother, when the dictator sent 240,000 Tatars on crowded trains to barren Central Asia. Thousands died during the journey or starved to death after they arrived. The lyrics begin: “They come to your house, they kill you all and say: ‘We’re not guilty’.” Memories of those events were revived by Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014. Although 1944 does not directly comment on that issue, former Eurovision winner Ruslana commented: “This song… is precisely what we are all suffering in Ukraine today.”
POSTED: 22/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
New rules have been announced for the Eurovision Song Contest in the biggest change to voting since 1975. In previous years each country’s jury and public votes were combined and announced in one go. Now the votes will be split with each country’s jury vote cast first, and votes from viewers in all countries combined and announced at the end. Organisers say this will create a “dramatic finish” as the winner will only be revealed at the very end. In previous years the winner has been known for up to 20 minutes before the end of voting. “This format change will inject a new level of excitement into the finish of the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Martin Osterdahl, executive producer for this year’s show.
POSTED: 18/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
The man in charge of finding an act to represent the UK at Eurovision 2016 says it’s time to take the contest seriously. For the first time in six years, the BBC announced there will be a live televised selection process. Six acts will take to the stage during 90 minute programme called Eurovision: You Decide. Guy Freeman, the UK’s Head of Delegation says: “We need to re-engage and celebrate Eurovision.” Speaking to Newsbeat, Guy says Eurovision should always be a fun thing but “it’s time to take the business of finding a song and someone to perform it very seriously”. Despite recent UK entrants being branded a joke with no chance of winning, Guy says he is “desperate” for the UK to win again. The last time the UK won was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves and Love Shine a Light.
POSTED: 18/01/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
He was in of the biggest boy bands of the late noughties, now Westlife’s Nicky Byrne is going to represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. He’s also employed the talents of a songwriter who’s behind hits for One Direction and Nikki Minaj to help him work on the chosen track, Sunlight. With seven overall wins, Ireland have won the competition more than any other country, but their last victory was in 1996. So by choosing a big name to perform a big song, are they hoping to finally reclaim the Eurovision crown?
POSTED: 13/01/16 – Source: BBC Newsbeat
Next year’s Eurovision may be eight months away, but the BBC are already getting serious about the UK’s entry. They’ve announced today that they are launching a nationwide talent search in a bid to find a winning song and will allow the public to decide which act represents the UK in Stockholm next year. The move comes after years of disappointment for UK performers in the contest, most recently with electro-swing duo Electro Velvet, who came fourth from bottom with I’m Still In Love With You. The last time it was down to a public vote was in 2010. Graham Norton said “Eurovision is one of the highlights of my year and I love the fact that the BBC is launching its biggest song search ever. I think it really shows that they take the competition seriously and the fact that the public will get the final say on who is sent to represent the UK in Stockholm next year is the icing on the cake!” The BBC is inviting anyone aged 18 or over to apply for the competition by submitting a video of their original song for consideration. The video does not have to be professionally shot or recorded, but must be by the artist hoping to represent the UK at the competition. The entries will then be whittled down with the help of Eurovision fan group OGAE, while the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors will run a songwriting competition amongst its members.
POSTED: 30/09/15 – Source: officialcharts.com
2016 UK Eurovision Track – Joe And Jake – You’re Not Alone
Pop duo Joe and Jake have been selected to represent the UK at May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden. The singers, both former contestants on The Voice UK, won a public vote with You’re Not Alone, an uptempo, piano-driven song “about unity and love”. “It feels amazing,” said Joe Woolford, 21, from Ruthin, Denbighshire. “We’re just so proud.” “It’s going to be incredible. We hope we make you all proud,” added Jake Shakeshaft, 20, from Stoke-on-Trent. Joe Woolford is a former PE teacher, who was one of Rita Ora’s finalists in The Voice 2015, while former garden centre worker Jake Shakeshaft was picked by will.i.am, only to be eliminated in the battle rounds. The duo were selected to represent the UK at Eurovision during a live show at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London, which was broadcast on BBC Four.
POSTED: 26/02/16 – Source: BBC News Online
Surely everyone holds a special place in their hearts for Eurovision? OK, so it has become a bit of a national joke over the years – and yes, everyone is still banging on about Katrina And The Waves (our most recent win in 1997) – but we Brits still have a huge fondness for the competition. And does anyone remember that awful song by Electro Velvet last year? No, of course you don’t because it was completely forgettable.
However, onwards and upwards. The 61st contest, and is taking place in Sweden in May. And tonight we need to decide who will represent us this year. Broadcast live from the O2 Forum in London, Eurovision: You Decide will introduce six acts before the public gets to vote for the winner. Not only that, we’ll get performances from 2015 winner Mans Zelmerlow, who sings his song Heroes, while Katrina (yes, her of the Waves) will sing her Eurovision hit Love Shine A Light.
The six contenders include Joe and Jake, two former contestants on The Voice UK. Bianca Claxton who performs Shine A Little Light, a song co-written by Leona Lewis and folky Europop duo Dulcima, who were both buskers. There’s also former Bad Boys Inc singer Matthew James who’s going for the cool vote with his hat and facial hair, singing A Better Man, country duo Darline. And finally, there’s Karl William Lund, a YouTube video sensation who offers us a Miracle. If the UK are going to win Eurovision, we’ll certainly need one of those.
POSTED: 26/02/16 – Source: mirror.co.uk
Our biggest ever Eurovision song search has just got bigger as we are pleased to announce, for the first time in six years, the launch of a televised national selection show on BBC Four! The great British public will choose the song and the act that will represent the UK at this year’s contest in Stockholm!
Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live on Friday 26th February on BBC Four where six shortlisted acts will take to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home and a professional panel as they compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016.
Hosted live from The O2 Forum Kentish Town by self-confessed Eurovision fan Mel Giedroyc, the 90 minute UK Eurovision extravaganza will feature performances by the six competing acts, as well as some special Eurovision musical guests.
Mel says: “I am a huge fan of ‘the Eurovish’ and am honoured to be hosting this fantastic event. It’s very exciting that the Great British public will get the chance to choose who will be sent to Sweden and I know it’s going to be an amazing night. I can’t wait to get the party started!”
Accompanying Mel will be an expert panel who will be there to offer their thoughts on how the songs could be made to look and sound on stage in Stockholm.
The six shortlisted acts, who will be announced soon, have been chosen from three different routes of entry: Public submission, submissions to BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) and by British Music Industry consultant Hugh Goldsmith, former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records.
Eurovision: You Decide also heralds the arrival of our new home for the semi-finals – BBC Four! Broadcasting both semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 live from Stockholm on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th May. The Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 14th.
POSTED: 17/01/16 – Source: BBC Eurovision Blog