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Love it or hate it, it would seem there’s no getting away from the annual media hype on the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year will be held in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
- Britain first joined in the competition in 1957, producing so far five winners, Spain joined in the fun four years later and have achieved the top spot twice. Ireland to date has produced the most number of first places, winning the competition seven times and the UK has been runners up a total of 15 times, more than any other country.
The first live semi final will be shown on May 22, the second semi final is scheduled for May 24 and the grand final for May 26.
Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) isn’t the only golden oldie taking to the stage, Buranovskiye Babushki from Russia have seen a season or two as well.
Sweden is currently favourite with Euphoria by Loreen, but Iceland could just pip them to the post with a surprise late spurt with a great song, Never Forget, from Greta Salóme & Jónsi. Ireland is represented by teen favourites Jedward and Spain by Pastora Soler.
Nerves, excitement and some fairly obvious partisan and political voting – it’s all part of the show. Full viewing timetable in our TV Guide.