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Whether you love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest has something for everyone to enjoy. You might take it deadly seriously and desperately wish for your favorite singer to scoop the grand prize, but then again, you might be one of those folks who enjoy nothing more than the sarcastic and somewhat cutting remarks of broadcasters like the United Kingdom’s Graham Norton. Take a look at some of the most interesting and lesser-known facts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Despite being all about European unity following the events of the Second World War, you’ll actually find that as many as 47% of Eurovision songs are written and performed in English. However, the 2016 winner went for a politically charged number written in her native Crimean Tatar language.
It would appear that it’s not just Australia that is obsessed with this most venerable of European musical events. Stockholm was full of journalists from as many as 73 countries from way beyond just Europe itself.
The production of the best Eurovision events over the past half-century or so have involved all kinds of smart and technically demanding special effects like pyrotechnics and immense lighting installations. It took 45 people working simultaneously to run the show in Stockholm, and that’s even before you consider all the camera operators and other technical experts involved.
Australia clearly impressed the European voting public in their first appearance back in 2015, so they were keenly rewarded with a top place in their semifinal. They managed to win with 330 points, giving them a comfortable margin of victory of 43 points over second-placed Ukraine. Obviously, Ukraine went on to pip them at the post in the proper grand final.
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