Norfolk gets set to celebrate this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Great Britain Eurovision Song Contest entry performer Molly. Great Britain Eurovision Song Contest entry performer Molly.

Friday, May 9, 2014
5:18 PM

With a yearly estimate of around 125 million viewers, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most watched non-sporting events around the world - but what is it about the popular family show that keeps us coming back for more?

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Party in Norwich

There will be a Eurovision Song Contest party at Norwich City Football Club tomorrow (Saturday) from 7pm to 1am. The event will be shown on a big screen with an after party disco. There will be official Eurovision song contest prizes awarded for the best costume, the winner of euro-bingo and for the person who guesses this year’s winner. It will be taking place at the Norfolk Lounge and tickets can be bought in advance for £7.50 or £10 on the door. For further details or to book call 01603 218704.

From a Ukrainian drag queen to a Finnish heavy-metal band, many acts have come and gone over the almost 60 years since the show began entertaining us thoroughly.

And who could forget ABBA? Without a doubt Eurovision’s most famous act to date.

But what does the show have in store this year?

The UK’s Molly Smitten-Downes will perform her song, Children of the Universe, in the most coveted slot - last.

It is hoped her entry will fare better than the UK’s previous two entries; Bonnie Tyler struggled to reach 19th place last year while Englebert Humperdinck, who opened the show in 2012, ended up finishing second from last.

The show has also come under fire from some viewers who claim it is too political and this fed into Tuesday’s first semi-final when Russia’s Tolmachevy Sisters advanced to a booing audience in an apparent protest over the crisis in Ukraine.

Montenegro, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Ukraine, Sweden, Netherlands and Iceland will also join the line-up for the grand final tomorrow night.

Last year’s winner, and this year’s host nation, Denmark, was already guaranteed a place, as were Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK - known as the “big five” nations, for their financial support of the annual contest.

Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk will open the show.

But the biggest shock so far - even more so than tipped-to-win Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst - is that Ireland, the most successful country in the history of Eurovision, failed to reach the grand final for the first time since 2009.

Whatever happens on the night, one thing is for sure - every viewer will be hoping to avoid “nul points” as they wait for their country to take the honour.

The Eurovision Song Contest will air on BBC One tomorrow at 8pm.

• Should Norfolk do more to celebrate Eurovision? Write to the Letter’s Editor, with full details of name and address, at Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE or email edpletters@archant.co.uk.

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