I have never watched the Eurovision for the last seven years. I am not sure why, it just was not on my radar but in 2013, I did watch it and really could not understand what was going on or how big it is over here and in Europe.
The Eurovision began in 1956. Only members of Europe Broadcasting Union can take place in this singing competition. This includes Russia, some countries in Africa and most of the Euoprean countries. The country that won the Eurovision last year have to host the next one. Sometimes people have a Eurovision party and they invite their friends over to their homes to watch it.
So the interesting bit of the competition is that it is very political. So you go through out the night having the singing and the voting. The people in the countries can then vote for their favorite song and then the top 3 countries are given 12, 10 and 8 points. So some of the Eastern Bloc countries vote for each other as does Ireland and the United Kingdom and so forth.
A song is written every year for the Eurovision and performed by an act from that country. One of famous band that rose to fame after being part of this competition is ABBA who won in 1974. One of the UK's most famous performers were Bucks Fizz who won in 1981 with their song Making Your Mind Up. Celine Dion won it for Switzerland in 1988 which helped launch her career.
So if you in when the next Eurovision is on, watch it and let me know what you think of it. This year's is on 6 May 2014.