Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits
Template:Infobox Song Contest Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits (also known as Eurovision's Greatest Hits) is a pre-recorded concert programme organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to commemorate the Eurovision Song Contest's 60th anniversary. Several countries confirmed that they would air the delayed broadcast of the concert on various dates that suited the broadcasters scheduling, including Australia, who competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 as a wildcard entry. The host broadcaster, BBC, and Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), aired the show on Good Friday, 3 April 2015. The Dutch broadcaster, AVROTROS, were the first to announce their decision to not broadcast the event. Other countries also announced their decision to decline broadcasting the event, including Luxembourg, who had an act taking part in the event.
The anniversary concert took place on 31 March 2015 at the Eventim Apollo, in Hammersmith, London. Graham Norton and Petra Mede hosted the event, which saw fifteen acts from thirteen countries performing their Eurovision entries from yesteryear. Guy Freeman was the Executive Producer and Simon Proctor was the Senior Producer. Geoff Posner was the director and David Arch was the musical director for the concert. Tickets for the event went on sale on 6 February 2015.
Confirmation was revealed on 3 February 2015 that the concert event were to take place in the Eventim Apollo, in Hammersmith, London. The last time the United Kingdom capital held any Eurovision events was the Eurovision Dance Contest 2007.
It was announced on 22 October 2014, that the EBU had agreed with the United Kingdom's broadcaster, BBC, to produce a special anniversary show to celebrate sixty-years of the Eurovision Song Contest; similar to the show Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in 2005. At that time, the details regarding the title of the show were unknown. The EBU later issued the following statement regarding the 60th anniversary: "There are various exciting proposals from Member Broadcasters on the table to celebrate the 60th anniversary beyond the contest in May, which are currently in the final stages of being evaluated. A decision is expected shortly, so stay tuned!". Executive Producer of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Edgar Böhm, said in an interview that the BBC had been chosen to host a special anniversary show. Guy Freeman was appointed as Executive Producer for the event, assisted by Senior Producer Simon Proctor and Producer Helen Riddell, whilst the director will be Geoff Posner.
On 3 February 2015 it was announced that Graham Norton and Petra Mede would co-host the concert show. Norton, co-hosted the Eurovision Dance Contest with Claudia Winkleman in 2007 and 2008, and is also the current Eurovision commentator for the United Kingdom. Mede was the host for Melodifestivalen 2009 (Swedish national selection show), as well as host for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
Tickets for the anniversary concert went on sale from 10:15am (GMT) on Friday 6 February 2015 via the BBC's Eurovision website and the official Eurovision Song Contest's website.
The concert was recorded live on 31 March 2015, at the Eventim Apollo, London; allowing participating broadcasters the freedom to air the programme on a date and channel that was convenient for their broadcasting schedules. Fifteen artists, representing thirteen countries, consisting of some of Eurovision's greatest hits, took part in the sixtieth anniversary gala event. The first-ever winner of the Contest (in 1956), Lys Assia, appeared in the audience as a guest of honour. During the broadcast, video montages were shown prior to each entry, showing footage for that particular year's contest, ending with Eurovision Song Contest footage for the entry that was about to perform on stage. Recap montages of Eurovision entries over the last sixty years, were also broadcast in-between performances. These were as follows:
- Teach-In – "Ding-a-dong": Netherlands, 1975
- Olivia Newton-John – "Long Live Love": United Kingdom, 1974
- Céline Dion – "Ne partez pas sans moi": Switzerland, 1988
- Jedward – "Lipstick": Ireland, 2011
- ABBA – "Waterloo": Sweden, 1974
- Serebro – "Song #1": Russia, 2007
- Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta – "A-Ba-Ni-Bi": Israel, 1978
- Kathy Kirby – "I Belong": United Kingdom, 1965
- Bucks Fizz – "Making Your Mind Up": United Kingdom, 1981
- Sonia – "Better the Devil You Know": United Kingdom, 1993
- Imaani – "Where Are You?": United Kingdom, 1998
- Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran – "Rock Bottom": United Kingdom, 1977
- Michael Ball – "One Step Out of Time": United Kingdom, 1992
- Cliff Richard – "Congratulations": United Kingdom, 1968
- Sandie Shaw – "Puppet on a String": United Kingdom, 1967
- Dana – "All Kinds of Everything": Ireland, 1970
It was confirmed on 22 March 2015 that the interval act for Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits would be Riverdance. The theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance, and featured Irish dancing champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, with a score composed by Limerick native Bill Whelan, originated as an interval performance during the Eurovision Song Contest 1994.
Fifteen Eurovision acts from thirteen countries participated in the anniversary concert. Although there were originally fourteen acts confirmed by the BBC, it was later announced on 5 March 2015 that Norway's Bobbysocks would join the line-up increasing the total to fifteen. Video montages were shown prior to each entry, showing footage for that particular year's contest, ending with Eurovision Song Contest footage for the entry that was about to perform on stage.
- 1.^ Entries performed as a medley.
- 2.^ Winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1968, originally performed by Massiel.
- 3.^ One of the winning songs of the Eurovision Song Contest 1969 (along with France, Netherlands, and United Kingdom), and originally performed by Salomé.
- 4.^ Originally performed by Mocedades, finishing in 2nd place at the Eurovision Song Contest 1973.
- 5.^ Johnny Logan wrote the song "Why Me?", which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, originally performed by Linda Martin.
- 6.^ As a part of the concert, it did not appear in the television broadcast, but appeared at the end of BBC Radio 2's radio live edition also presented by Graham Norton.
A medley of some of the Eurovision Song Contest's greatest hits were performed in English by all of the participating artists, as a reprise act at the close of the show, including: Anne-Marie David singing Israel's winning entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 1979, "Hallelujah". Swedish trio, Herreys, sang "Nel blu dipinto di blu", which finished in third place at the 1958 Eurovision for Italy's Domenico Modugno. Bucks Fizz's "Making Your Mind Up", the winning entry for United Kingdom in 1981, was performed by Bobbysocks. The reprise concluded with all of the remaining performers (except Loreen) joining on stage to sing ABBA's Eurovision Song Contest 1974 winning entry, "Waterloo".
As the anniversary concert show was not broadcast live, the participating national broadcasters were able to broadcast the show on a date and channel that was convenient for their broadcasting schedules.
The following countries, listed in order of broadcasting dates, have confirmed that they will broadcast the anniversary show.
|Date of broadcast||Country||Station||Commentators|
|3 April 2015||23x15px Ireland||RTÉ2||No commentary|
|23x15px United Kingdom||BBC One|
|4 April 2015|| 23x15px Belgium
23x15px Dutch-speaking region
|Eén||Peter Van de Veire|
|Template:Country data Iceland||RÚV||No commentary|
|23x15px Finland||Yle Fem||Sarah Dawn Finer and Christer Björkman|
|23x15px Sweden||SVT1 and SVT World|
|5 April 2015||23x15px Albania||RTSH||No commentary|
|23x15px San Marino||SMRTV|
|11 April 2015||23x15px Finland||Yle TV2|
|Template:Country data Israel||Channel 1|
|13 April 2015||23x15px Bulgaria||BNT1|
|19 April 2015||BNT2|
|25 April 2015||23x15px Latvia||LTV1||Aigars Rozenbergs|
|26 April 2015||23x15px Portugal||RTP1||Júlio Isidro|
|2 May 2015||23x15px Slovenia||TV SLO 1||No commentary|
|4 May 2015||23x15px United Kingdom||BBC Radio 2||Graham Norton|
|12 May 2015|| 23x15px Belgium
23x15px French-speaking region
|La Une||Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys|
|16 May 2015|
|23x15px Denmark||DR1||Ole Tøpholm|
|23x15px Germany||NDR and MDR||Peter Urban|
|23x15px Greece||NERIT1 and N HD||Greek subtitles|
|23x15px Romania||TVR1 and TVR HD||No commentary|
|17 May 2015||23x15px Austria||ORF eins||Andi Knoll|
|19 May 2015||23x16px Switzerland||SRF zwei (part 1)||No commentary|
|20 May 2015||23x15px France||France 2||Natasha St-Pier|
|21 May 2015||23x16px Switzerland||SRF zwei (part 2)||No commentary|
|21 May 2015||23x15px Australia||SBS One|
|22 May 2015||23x15px Estonia||ETV|
|23x15px Germany||EinsFestival||Peter Urban|
|23 May 2015||23x15px Spain||La 1||José María Íñigo and Julia Varela|
|Declined broadcasting||23x15px Armenia||ARMTV||Declined broadcasting|
|23x15px Czech Republic||ČT|
The following list of countries, who are members of the EBU have not announced their plans on whether to broadcast the show.
- 23x15px Algeria
- 23x15px Andorra
- 23x15px Azerbaijan
- 23x15px Belarus
- 23x15px Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 23x15px Croatia
- 23x15px Cyprus
- 23x15px Egypt
- 23x15px Georgia
- 23x15px Hungary
- 23x15px Italy
- Template:Country data Jordan
- 23x15px Lebanon
- 23x15px Libya
- 23x15px Lithuania
- 23x15px Malta
- 23x15px Moldova
- 23x15px Monaco
- 23x15px Montenegro
- 23x15px Morocco
- 23x15px Poland
- 23x15px Slovakia
- 23x15px Tunisia
- 23x15px Turkey
- 23x16px Vatican City
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