Eurovision Song Contest returns to Stratos

The world’s biggest party is back with greater glam and shorter skirts – Eurovision Song Contest returns to Stratos TV (Freeview channel 21) from May 11.

Competition is fierce as glitter, big hair, over the top costumes and incredible voices come together in this massive entertainment spectacle.

The first semi-final airs at 8pm on Wednesday, May 11 on Stratos TV. This will be followed by the second semi-final on Friday, May 13 at 8pm which will lead up to the grand final on Sunday May, 15 at 8pm. All the shows screen on the day of the contest.

With Facebook fans calling for the show to be aired in New Zealand, avid fan Aaron Halliwell is one of the keen supporters of the show.

“It’s unashamedly entertaining,” says Aaron. “I love how Eurovision brings acts from across Europe in a variety of languages together.”

Eurovision is viewed by more than 100 million people each year with more than nine million people expected to call or text to vote support for their favourite acts. Those performers represent 42 countries. Twenty then go on to make the final and join five other pre-qualified countries.

Jim Blackman, CEO of Stratos Television, says the Eurovision Song Contest is a global television iconic event that’s been screening annually for 53 years. ABBA, which won for Sweden in 1974, has been the most successful after taking the title. The group’s winning song, “Waterloo”, was in English and most winning songs have been performed in English.

“The Eurovision Song Contest screened in New Zealand more than three decades ago,” Blackman says. “Bringing it back fits with Stratos’ mission to provide NZ viewers an alternate window on the world, something we already do through the English version of Al Jazeera, PBS and other news and programming,” Jim says.

In the run up to this year’s event Stratos will be replaying the 2010 final on Sunday, May 7 a week prior to the 2011 final.

This year Eurovision is being staged at Fortuna Düsseldorf’s arena in Germany.

Eurovision winners include Celine Dion, Cliff Richards, Julio Iglesias and even Riverdance.

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  • TellTheTruth

    Univerity studies confirm that viewing the Eurovision Song Contest is safest with the help of not one but TWO bottles of Drambuie per person, the first to be completly consumed prior to the event, and the other as quckly as possible after the event actually starts. It won’t make the event disappear entirely, but ensures the viewer wont experience lifelong memories of any of the acts “performing”.


  • Dave

    Pleased to see the Eurovision back on NZ screens this year, even if Triangle hasn’t quite got its facts totally correct in the media release with regards to Eurovision winners.  Cliff Richard came 2nd for the UK in 1968 with ‘Congratulations’, and 3rd for the UK in 1973 with ‘Power to all our friends’.  Julio Iglesias competed for Spain in 1970, but didn’t win either (he came 4th).

    Riverdance was never a winner of Eurovision, as it was never actually an entry.  Riverdance was first performed as an interval act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Ireland.  (It would have been too long as an entry in any case at 7 minutes duration – the limit is 3 minutes – and the fact that it doesn’t have lyrics).

    However Celine Dion did win for France in 1988.