15 Eurovision Trivia Facts You Can Make Music With

Despite the name having to do with seeing stuff, the Eurovision Song Contest is actually about music. But if you were looking for trivia facts about it, you likely knew that already. Hey, if you didn’t, there’s a bonus trivia fact for you, we guess. But since the 2023 finals are in full swing in mid-May, you might be looking to flex some Eurovision trivia facts on people. Maybe you can sing them and try turning it into the next hit single, or something. 

Eurovision Trivia Facts

1. The name “Eurovision” was coined in 1951 by a guy named George Campey. 

2. More on Campey, the BBC really didn’t like the name “Eurovision.” They actually banned its use in internal communications in favor of the “Continental Television Exchange.” But Campey just kept using the name and when he eventually joined the BBC as a press officer in 1954 the BBC ended up having to use “Eurovision” in their memos. 

3. You know ABBA? Yeah in 1974 competition the UK actually gave them zero points. They did win, though. 

4. In 1969 Eurovision saw a four-way tie between the UK, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. They changed the rules in the following years, but given that 1969 was the 14th edition, you’d think they’d have thought about that by then. Pro-tip for anyone starting a competition. Figure out what you wanna do for ties.

5. As of 2022, Ireland has the most wins at seven. It’s not a multi-way tie this time. Sweden is second at six, also not another multi-way tie. 

6. Third is a four-way tie though—five wins for the Netherlands, France, UK, and Luxembourg.

7. “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” (or “Volare”) is one of the most successful songs to come out of Eurovision, and is also the most covered song to have come out of Eurovision.

8. Johnny Logan is the only person to have won more than one Eurovision as a performer. He did it with “What’s Another Year” (1980) and “Hold Me Now” (1987). 

9. Remember that four-way tie? Well Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden all boycotted the 1970 contest. In their official statements, it was because Eurovision marginalized smaller countries, however it’s generally believed that the four-way tie contributed to their decision. 

10. Songs can’t exceed three minutes. 

11. Also you’re not allowed to vote for your own country (a concept). 

12. In 2009 the glass microphone trophy broke, so now they have metal rings reinforcing it. 

13. Eden Alene’s “Set Me Free” (2021) has a B6 whistle note, which is the highest note in Eurovision’s history. 

14. Eurovision was first broadcast in color for their 1968 edition. 

15. Italy censored the 1974 Eurovision stream because they had an ongoing referendum on whether or not divorce should be repealed. Their competing song, “Sì” (1974) repeated the word “sì” 16 times, and Italy was afraid it would influence the public to vote “yes” on the referendum due to the repetition of the word. 

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