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The Eurovision Song Contest (also known as Eurovision) is the longest-running annual international TV song competition. It has been broadcasted every year since 1956.

Each participating country (usually European) submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures between 100 million and 600 million internationally. Eurovision has also been broadcasted outside Europe to several countries that do not compete, such as the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and China. An exception was made in 2015, when Australia was allowed to compete as a guest entrant as part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the event.

Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a short-term boost to the winning artists' career, but rarely results in long-term success. Notable exceptions are ABBA (winner in 1974 for Sweden), Bucks Fizz (winner in 1981 for the United Kingdom) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland), all of whom launched successful worldwide careers after their wins.

Ireland holds the record for the highest number of wins, having won the contest seven times.
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  1. What is a requirement to win the Eurovision Song Contest?

  2. Who votes for the winning song?

  3. What is true about the songs in Eurovision?

  4. What happened in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest event?

  5. What does winning the Eurovision Song Contest provide to the winning artist?


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  1. Do you enjoy watching Eurovision? If you never watched it, do you think you would enjoy it? Why or why not?

  2. Which is your favorite TV contest? What is the competition about?

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