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Eurovision facts: What you need to know ahead of tonight's show

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

Eurovision takes place tonight at 8pm on BBC One Credit: Nicky Johnston/BBC/PA Wire

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Love it or loathe it, Eurovision is back on our television screens tonight for the 59th time since it started in 1956.

Broadcast to an anticipated TV audience of 125million, the show often divides opinion with its diverse array of acts and accusations of political bias.

Ahead of tonight’s programme in Denmark we’ve listed some essential facts about the competition…

• Eurovision first took place between 14 countries in 1956 with Switzerland’s Lys Assia victorious

• Ireland has the most victories with seven (not including Jedward) and their song in 2006 was the 1000th sung in the competition

• Believe it or not the UK has five victories to its name, as many as minnows Luxembourg

• British winners include Sandie Shaw, Lulu, Brotherhood of Man, Bucks Fizz and Katrina and the Waves

• Jemini remain our only act to score the infamous ‘nul points’ with their song “Cry Baby” in 2003

• But other notable acts including Bonnie Tyler, Blue, Cliff Richard, Gina G and Samantha Janus, have all failed to score victory

• Nonetheless, most winning songs have been performed in English (24), ahead of French (14)

• Without a doubt ABBA are the most successful act to have emerged from the competition following their appearance in 1974

• Our act tonight is Molly Smitten-Downes from Leicestershire with her song “Children of the Universe”

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  • nickthompson  |  May 11 2014, 9:01AM

    The fact you missed is that this annual B------kcs is removed from the calendar.

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