The Eurovision Song Contest or ESC is an annual singing competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union since 1956.
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest-running televised competitions in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events. The contest brings together singers and musicians throughout the European Broadcasting Union, which stretches from Iceland to Russia and Norway to North Africa. Each member country submits a song to be performed live. Then, other countries award points to determine the most popular act in the competition, with the points allocated based on a domestic telephone vote and a jury panel. Well over 100 million viewers worldwide generally tune into the annual contest. DW's Eurovision content is collated on this page.
This year's music competition in Sweden marks the 60th anniversary of the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. Try to picture the first winner in 1956. Now at the ripe old age of 92, Lys Assia still travels to the event each year – and this year is no exception. We met up with her at her home in Switzerland.