Last time we decided to look at some Eurovision facts that not many people know.. So, let’s take a look at some more – We all know and love the Eurovision Song Contest but there are some hidden facts that not everybody will know. So here at escYOUnited we are going to blow your mind with some facts about Eurovision that you probably didn’t know.
Katrina Leskanich Returns!
Katrina Leskanich won the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 with “love shine a light” for the United Kingdom. She also attempted to represent Sweden in 2005 with “If Tomorrow Never Comes” but did you know Katrina also tried to represent the UK in 2005 also? She entered a song “Make us One” but heard nothing back.
From JESC to ESC
Only one country participated in the Junior Eurovision before the adult version! Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, however, this was not their first Eurovision performance! A young lady named Volha Satsiuk took to the Junior Eurovision stage in 2003, six months before Aleksandra and Konstantin represented their nation in Istanbul.
The United Kingdom refused to host!
Sticking with Junior Eurovision – In 2004 the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was set to be held in Manchester, United Kingdom, but months before the contest was set to be broadcast, ITV decided they didn’t want to host the contest and it was given to Lillehammer, Norway.
2004 saw the first semi-final in Eurovision (if we ignore the 1993’s Kvalifikacija za Millstreet). Turkey’s Sertab Erener won in Riga so Istanbul got to host the 2004 contest. Ukraine sent Ruslana to Istanbul who went on to win the contest, however, during one of her rehearsals Ruslana’s stomping around the stage caused the LED floor to smash, this had to be quickly repaired before the rehearsals could continue.
Ulrika insults Conny
The bloopers of Eurovision always include the 1998 contest when Sir Terry Wogan and Ulrika Jonsson hosted the contest in Birmingham. The segment which is always used is when Ulrika famously asked Conny Van Den Bos “a long time ago was it?” after Conny said she had previously represented The Netherlands. This comment was met with laughter from the audience – However – Prior to Ulrika making that comment Conny said “long ago” but the audience did not hear this due to the applause, so , to them, it seemed that Ulrika was making an assumption because of Conny’s age.
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