By Enna Jean
The results of the 2016 Eurovision song contest might already be revealed, however tune in tonight at 7:30pm on SBS for the showing of the grand final in Australia.
Twenty-six countries will compete to win the title of Eurovision 2016, including Australia with their first representative for the contenst, Dami Im, after last year’s ‘wildcard’ entry to the final with Guy Sebastian.
The past two days we went through two semi-finals where from each division, of eighteen contestants, competed to perform in the finals. Only ten from each round will be able to perform in the grand final, along with the Big 5 (the 5 countries with the largest economic contributions to the contest: U.K, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) and Sweden, the host country.
Don’t know what Eurovision is? First time hearing it?
Eurovision is one of the longest running television shows, which first aired in 1956 on May the 24th and was based off the Italian Sanremo music festival. Eurovision is a tradition in Europe and has become popular in non-European countries.
As Australia was only allowed to compete in the competition this year, Eurovision inspired the Asian Pacific to create the ABU TV song festival, which started back in 2012. The ABU TV was seen as Australia and Asia’s answer to participating in a Eurovision like contest, when we could not compete in the original. It has recently been upgraded to Eurovision Asia, which has been signed by the SBS Network and the European Broadcasting Union, making it the official Eurovision contest for the Asian Pacific. It will be hosted in Australia in 2017.
From semi-final one, the top two were Russia’s Sergey Lazarev with his song “You Are The Only One” (342 points) followed by Armenia (243 points). From semi-final two, our very own Dami Im with “Sound Of Silence” (330 points) followed by Ukraine (287 points). Being both Russian and Australian, I am pretty happy with those results.
So unless you want to go to trusted Google to see who took the title for 2016, tune in to SBS at 7:30 tonight to see the magic and glamour of the finals of Eurovision.
Who will take out the title for 2016? Let us know!