have now been fifty two Eurovision Song Contests, since the first event
staged in the Swiss city of Lugano on Thursday 24th May 1956. There were
only seven competing nations on that occasion, and uniquely each
country had two songs in the competition, and the voting was kept
private, with only the winner being announced. The 1957 and 1958
contests each had ten competing songs, making them the smallest
contests. With more countries joining the competition since 1993, a
system of relegation was introduced to limit the number at each
contest. In 2004 a new semi-final system was
introduced, which allowed all interested countries take part in the
contest. In 2008 there will be another change to the format of the
contest with two semi-finals, with ten entries advancing to the
final, where they will join five automatic finalists.
Over the next year I will be providing a review and information on every
Eurovision Song Contest, including video links and voting grids.