With a live orchestra, the norm in the early years, and simple sing-along songs on every radio station, the Contest grew into a true pan-European tradition., was sung in English, the EBU set very strict rules on the language in which the songs could be performed. Song writers across Europe soon tagged onto the notion that success would only come if the judges could understand the content, resulting in such entries as The voting systems used in the Contest have changed throughout the years. Voters award a set of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally 12 to songs from other countries — with the favourite being awarded the now famous .
The Contest was based on Italy's Sanremo Music Festival and was designed to test the limits of live television broadcast technology.The first Contest was held on , when seven nations participated.The format of the show has changed over the years, but remains broadly the same: First a series of songs is performed, then voting takes place to determine a winner.The votes from each country are "telephoned" (now shown by live feed) in to the studio one at a time, providing dramatic tension.‘These sort of beauty contests have been taking place in the civilised world for years and is not only an appreciation of a woman’s beauty but also gives her the opportunity to express her thoughts and ideas.
It does not degrade women and I would love the opportunity to explain that to the honourable Boldrini.
These days, Eurovision is split into two main camps.
The first is the Eastern/Northern/Central European bloc, who generally treat it as Serious Business, seeing it as an important marker of newfound independence; they usually send ballads with some sort of ethnic tinge.
So much so, in fact, that many folks would be quite surprised to learn that "Eurovision" could refer to anything but the Eurovision Song Contest, accredited by the Guinness Records as the longest-running annual TV music contest in the world.
The contest has run since 1956 and was quite well-respected in its early years, with established artists such as Cliff Richard and Serge Gainsbourg taking part, and others, such as Dana and Sandie Shaw, launching successful careers off the back of the show.
Nineteen-year-old Giulia Arena was crowned Miss Italia 2013 in a glittering ceremony – but it was not aired by Italy’s state broadcaster, which dropped it from its schedules for the first time in 25 years.