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Eurovision: All You Need to know

The Eurovision Song Contest is held annually and here we take a look at all you need to know about the event.

What is Eurovision?

Organised every year by the European Broadcasting Union, the Eurovision Song Contest, often shortened to just Eurovision, is an international songwriting competition. It features predominantly nations from Europe and countries then cast votes for one another to determine the year's winner.

When was Eurovision 2022?

Following the semi-finals earlier in the week, the Grand Final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest was staged at 20:00 on Saturday, 14th May.

Where was Eurovision 2022?

The Grand Final took place in Turin, Italy.

How many countries compete at Eurovision?

The Grand Final of Eurovision 2022 featured 25 countries in total with 20 having qualified from the semi-finals which happened earlier during the week of the event and the rest of the performers coming from the 'Big Five'.

Who are Eurovision's 'Big Five'?

The 'Big Five' countries in the Eurovision Song Contest are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. These nations automatically qualify for Eurovision as they are the highest-paying European Broadcast Union members, helping to fund the contest each year. It had initially been a 'Big Four' back in 1999 before Italy rejoined the competition in 2011.

Who won Eurovision in 2022?

The 2022 Eurovision winners were Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine. They won with their track 'Stefania'.

Which country has won Eurovision the most?

Ireland hold the record for the most Eurovision Song Contest wins with seven titles to their name. Their last triumph, however, came back in 1996. Second on the list are Sweden with six Eurovision wins.

When did the United Kingdom last win Eurovision?

The United Kingdom have five Eurovision titles to their name with the last coming back in 1997 when Katrina and the Waves won with 'Love Shine a Light'.

When did Eurovision start?

The inaugural edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place back in May 1956 and was held in Lugano in Switzerland. Only 14 countries were involved and hosts Switzerland won with the song 'Refrain' by Lys Assia.

Where can I watch Eurovision?

Those in the UK can usually watch Eurovision on BBC One and on iPlayer.

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