Eurovision coming to UKTV

ESC14_ Copenhagen_Logo_BlackFor the first time ever on UKTV, fans will be able to cheer along their favourite countries during the ultimate musical event of the year, the Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Copenhagen.

Fans won’t miss a moment of the Eurovision Song Contest action, with the two live Semi-Finals broadcasting on May 7 and May 9 at 7.00am, with an encore at 9.30pm. The excitement comes to a climax when the 26 finalists perform in the finale on Sunday May 11 from 7.00am (simulcast with the Eurovision Song Contest live feed) with an encore at 8.30pm.

New Zealand fans will once again be able to experience this distinctive television event, featuring new talent and established artists from across Europe and the UK all battling it out for the glory of the number one spot. Viewers will be able to share their own memorable moments and become the voice of the live event on UKTV, using Twitter and Facebook to share and talk about the contest online as it happens (#NZEurovision, @UKTVnz).

Embraced globally for its unique mix of performers showcasing unforgettable moments, the Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest non-sporting live TV event, broadcast to hundreds of millions of people across the globe. In 1974, Eurovision was the launching pad for Swedish pop sensation, ABBA, who to this day are still the most successful competition winners since its inception almost 60 years ago.

This year, one of the highlights will be Australia’s participation as the interval act in the second Semi-Final with platinum-selling performer, Jessica Mauboy, singing an original song written especially for the Eurovision Song Contest. Jessica launched her career by taking part in Australian Idol.

Natalie Edgar, Director of Television BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We are delighted to bring UKTV viewers all of the excitement of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, live from Copenhagen.Eurovision Song Contest has a passionate and devoted legion of fans scattered all around the world and UKTV is proud to be broadcasting the event live to New Zealand audiences.”

Fun facts about the Eurovision Song Contest

  • In 2012, Sophie Wilson, a New Zealand member of OGAE (the world’s biggest fan organisation for the Eurovision Song Contest) travelled all the way to BakuAzerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Grease star and Aussie favourite Olivia Newton-John took to the Eurovision stage in 1974, singing her way to fourth place in Brighton.
  • Remember French Canadian singer Celine Dion? Celine launched her career internationally after her win at the 1988 contest held in Dublin.
  • Cliff Richard, the UK’s third top-selling singles artist competed twice, finishing in second and third place in 1968 and 1973 respectively.
  • This year marks 40 years since Swedish pop group ABBA won the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest with their memorable song Waterloo.
  • This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first time the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Copenhagen.
  • Ireland has won the contest seven times with three wins running consecutively in 1992, 1993 and 1994 – more than any other country.
  • A singer named Ruslana won for Ukraine in 2004 and was later elected to their parliament.
  • Norway has scored no points more times (four) than any other country in the Eurovision Song Contest history.
  • The Turkish Eurovision Song Contest entry in 1983, consisted entirely of the word ‘Opera’ being repeated over and over. Spain’s cleverly titled, La La La contained no fewer than 138 La’s.

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  • Trevor Ashman

    Wonder if ABBA will turn up 🙂

  • Eurovision was shown here on Stratos in around 2010.

  • Danny TV Professional

    SO excited! If you think X-factor and Idol look spectacular, just wait until you see this monster of a show. Plus Austria has a ‘woman’ with a beard singing and there’s bound to be a Ukraine-related protest vote! To really enjoy it you need to print score cards (BBC Eurovision site has ones you can print), have a few mates round and, ideally, have a cocktail to hand. Qualifying from the two Semis is a little bit complicated and they fact that five countries (plus last year’s winning nation) qualify automatically will seem slightly anti-democratic, but just give it a go and you’ll realise why this has been THE most popular show in the world for over 50 years. Told you I was excited!

  • Guest

    Finally! I hope UK wins. #TeamMolly Children of The Universe!!!