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.
On May 23 the Liet International music festival will take place in Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands. All the acts will perform in minority languages, some of which are spoken by just a few thousand people. While these languages maybe dying out, this alternative Eurovision Song Contest is attracting record support, as Nik Martin found out.
Known for the politics as much as the music, Eurovision can shed more light on EU relations than a Brussels summit. So which EU leader has the winning style? Is Merkel on key? Should Macron fire the backing dancers? Stammtisch hosts Damien McGuinness and Michaela Küfner are joined this week by The Economist’s Jeremy Cliffe and the Körber Stiftung’s Liana Fix to award the coveted “douze points.”