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BBC Will Let Public Pick The UK Entry For 2016 'Eurovision Song Contest'


Eurovision Song Contest Graham Norton

After years of Eurovision disappointment, the BBC are hoping the UK can do better next year, by handing the decision of who will represent the country back to the public. The UK’s Eurovision entry had always been chosen by the public until 2011, when a ‘panel of experts’ were brought in by the Beeb to make the decision.

Graham Norton'Eurovision Song Contest' host Graham Norton.

Last year Electro Velvet were chosen with the song ‘Still In Love With You’, which earned an embarrassing five points and saw the UK finish fourth from last. The biggest success the UK has had in recent years was back in 2009 when Jade Ewen finished fifth with ‘It’s My Time’. Ewen won the right to represent the UK through BBC show ‘Eurovision: Your Country Needs You’.

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Rehearsals For The Eurovision Song Contest At Stadthalle

Mans Zelmerlöw - Rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest at Stadthalle - Vienna, Austria - Thursday 21st May 2015

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Eurovision Song Contest and Mans Zelmerlöw
Eurovision Song Contest and Mans Zelmerlöw
Eurovision Song Contest and Mans Zelmerlöw
Eurovision Song Contest and Mans Zelmerlöw
Eurovision Song Contest and Mans Zelmerlöw

Conchita Wurst: Get To Know The Austrian Eurovision Sensation


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Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst stole the show at this year’s Eurovision. Winning by a mile she managed to overcome controversy and triumph thanks to her mesmerising performance of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. But who is the Austrian sensation who first gained famed as Thomas Neuwirth?

Conchita WurstConchita Wurst won this year's Eurovision

Conchita Wurst is the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, a 25 year old Austrian singer born in the small town of Gumden. Neuwirth’s first brush with fame came in 2007 when he reached the final of Austrian talent show Starmania, which is kind of like the X-Factor without the Simon Cowell influence. Wurst made it all the way to the final but eventually came in second to Nadine Beiler. who coincidently went on to represent Austria in the 2011 Eurovision, but only managed 18th place.

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"Bearded Lady" Conchita Wurst Stuns Eurovision Song Contest With Easy Win


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The Austrian singer Conchita Wurst was the clear winner at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night (May 10, 2014), dominating the competition watched by 180 million viewers across 45 countries.

Molly Smitten DownesMolly Smitten-Downes Finished 17th

Dubbed the "bearded lady", drag queen Wurst delivered a sickeningly grandiose James Bond style ballad, Rise Like a Phoenix and pulled away from the competition midway through the results.

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Eurovision 2014: Austria's Conchita Wurst Wins With 'Rise Like A Phoenix'


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Austria has won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest which was held last night (10th May) in Copenhagen. Conchita Wurst, a drag act, won the competition with her son ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ which received 290 points.

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Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest representing Austria.

Austria won by a considerably number of points. The Netherlands came in second with 238 points whilst Sweden obtained third place with 218. The British act, Molly Smitten-Downes came in 17th place with her song ‘Children of the Universe’. Molly gained 40 points and came in 17th out of the 26 countries in the final.

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Molly Smitten-Downes At Rehearsals For The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest

Molly Smitten-Downes - Molly Smitten-Downes at rehearsals for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen, Denmark - Friday 9th May 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest and Molly Smitten-downes
Eurovision Song Contest and Molly Smitten-downes
Eurovision Song Contest and Molly Smitten-downes
Eurovision Song Contest and Molly Smitten-downes
Eurovision Song Contest and Molly Smitten-downes

Molly Smitten-Downes Is UK Pick For Eurovision Song Contest. Sorry, Who?


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The little-known singer-songwriter Molly Smitten-Downes, whose only previous taste of the limelight was featuring on the 2008 Sash song 'Raindrops (Encore Une Fois)' is the UK's selection of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The 26-year-old will represent the UK in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May with her track 'Children of the Universe.' 

Molly Eurovision Song ContestCan Molly Triumph in Copenhagen for the UK?

Her selection comes after previous UK entrants Bonnie Tyler and Engelbert Humperdinck struggled with middling ballads. Humperdinck finished 25th, while Tyler managed 19th.

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Denmark's Emmelie De Forest Tastes EuroVision Glory, While Bonnie Tyler Can Only Manage 19th


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Denmark emerged as the winners of Sunday's (May 19) Eurovision Song Contest, with 20-year-old singer Emmelie de Forest taking home the crown with her folk-pop selection 'Only Teardops.' The competition, held in Malmo, Sweden, also gave Scandanavian it's second successive win, with singer Loreen's 'Euphoria' taking home the award in Baku, Azerbaijan, last year.

Considering the massive cost of the song contest in recent years, with host cities spending upwards of £50 million over the past few years, Malmo decided for a stripped back approach this time, with de Forest's song reflecting this austere mood. He singing was complemented by a drums and a tin whistle, resulting an uplifting pop song that was a far cry from the extravagant displays soundtracked by a EuroPop anthem that was the norm for most other countries.

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Emmelie de Forest is ushered from the stage after being presented with her award

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Denmark's Emmelie De Forest Wins The Final Of The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest

Emmelie de Forest - Denmark's Emmelie de Forest wins the final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Only Teardrops' in Malmo - Malmo, Sweden - Saturday 18th May 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest and Emmelie De Forest
Eurovision Song Contest and Emmelie De Forest
Eurovision Song Contest and Emmelie De Forest
Eurovision Song Contest and Emmelie De Forest
Eurovision Song Contest and Emmelie De Forest

50/1 Shot Bonnie Tyler Heads To Eurovision With Denmark As Massive Favourites


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With just one day to go until this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the UK's entry Bonnie Tyler has been pushed out to 50/1 from original odds of 40/1. The British songstress has courted little support in a market dominated by Denmark's Emmelie De Forest, who is now considered the overwhelming favourite at 4/6. The barefooted beauty has attracted more than a third of all the money placed on the competition and the odds suggest that it's unthinkable she could lose the title.

Though Bonnie Tyler appears to face an uphill task to win - have you heard her song?! - Azerbaijan are attracting some support having been cut to 12/1 from 20/1 in the space of 24 hours. Belgium have been the week's biggest movers having been cut from 300/1 to 100/1. A spokesperson for Paddy Power said "It's unusual to have an odds on favourite for the Eurovision but our punters seem to be in agreement with us. At 25/1 Ryan Dolan [Ireland] certainly has a chance but Bonnie Tyler will need a huge performance to prove her odds wrong."

Elsewhere, Russia are still available at 14/1, while Germany and the Netherlands are still 25/1. Sweden could be worth a bet at 66/1 while Finland, Greece and Georgia are priced at a modest 33/1. It appears that Denmark's main rival will be nearby Norway, currently available at 11/2.

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Miss Fitz Compete To Represent The UK At This Year's Eurovision Song Contest On 'Eurovision: Your Country Needs You'. Shown On BBC1

Eurovision Song Contest Friday 12th March 2010 Miss Fitz compete to represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest on 'Eurovision: Your Country Needs You'. Shown on BBC1 England

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