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Get ready, it's Eurovision Time! Will you be watching?

The Eurovision Song Contest is at its 62nd edition this year and it takes place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine.

This contest, held for the first time on 24 May 1954, takes place every year. Inspired by Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival, Eurovision has now become a very popular event and tradition. It is broadcasted on live television, radio and also on the internet and it is known for being one of the most watched events, besides from sport events.

This year forty-three countries will participate in the contest. To be part of this event, countries need to be Active Members of the Ebu, which means they should be part of the European Broadcasting Area. Another way to participate is to be member states of the Council of Europe. This means that participation is not determined by geographical boundaries or by being part of the European Union.

Performers must sing an original song and all vocals must be sung live. Each country can decide which performer should participate through a selection before March. This year the Grand Final, preceded by to Semi-Finals, will take place on the 13th of May. Usually, six countries are pre-qualified for the final and the most frequent amongst them are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

According to the Odds Eurovision Song Contest official website the possible winners may be Italy, Portugal or Bulgaria. Despite a few political controversies, like the announced exclusion of Russia from the contest, Eurovision is still a powerful way to promote unity, art but also to celebrate diversity and uniqueness.
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