SKY won’t be screening Eurovision this year!

Fans of one of the world’s biggest music and television events may be left searching the internet for live streams after a decision by SKY Television not to screen the event.

In a statement to Dan News, SKY Television confirmed the decision.

Sadly, UKTV won’t be airing Eurovision this year. The UKTV programming team tries to strike the right balance of programming to suit the varied tastes of viewers, and has decided not to air Eurovision in order to bring exciting new premium drama titles such as Top of the Lake, SS-GB and Delicious to the channel.

Eurovision has been growing in popularity in New Zealand, and is a ratings winner in Australia. So much so that Australia are now allowed to enter the event.

Despite the event taking place at 7am New Zealand time, in recent years Eurovision parties have been popping up around the country.

Dan News has started a Facebook page to show broadcasters there is interest in the event in New Zealand.

If you’d like to see it on our screens, make sure you like the page here.

‘Eurovision: You Decide’ will pick the UK’s entry for Stockholm

Eurovision Song Contest royalty will be taking to the stage at the United Kingdom national selection show Eurovision: You Decide. The two show-stopping former winners will perform live in a bid to inspire the six competing acts who will battle for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

The BBC today confirms that current contest champion and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw will appear, to sing his winning song from last year’s contest, Heroes, plus former United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest entry Katrina will also perform with the winning song from the 1997 competition, Love Shine A Light.

Måns Zelmerlöw says: “Back in Sweden we have a show called Melodienfestival, and the winner of that goes on to perform at Eurovision; I qualified via that process last year so I have a good idea of how everyone will be feeling on that stage. It’s certainly nerve-racking but very exciting too knowing that you could be heading to Eurovision! I am going to be wishing them all the very best of luck.”

Katrina says: “I can’t believe it has been nearly 20 years since we won the contest back in 1997. It’s definitely time for another UK win in the competition! Eurovision is a very special event and is something that stays with you forever – it’s always an honour to perform to such passionate crowds and it is a thrill to be doing it again at the UK National Final.”

Hosted live from The O2 Forum Kentish Town by Mel Giedroyc, the 90-minute UK Eurovision extravaganza will be broadcast live on Friday 26 February on BBC Four, featuring performances by six competing acts before the voting lines open and the public are invited to choose the song and act that will represent the United Kingdom at this year’s contest in Sweden.

The six competing acts will be revealed on Monday 22 February on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Aussie okay with taking over Europe if it’s Eurovision (Yes they are returning!)

History was made in Vienna earlier this year when Australia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest. Initially envisaged as a one-off to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary and Australia’s long tradition of broadcasting the show, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Australian broadcaster SBS are proud to announce that Australia will participate again in 2016.

“The feedback we got from viewers, fans, press and the broadcasters after Australia’s participation in Vienna was overwhelmingly positive,” says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU. “We strongly believe the Eurovision Song Contest has the potential to evolve organically into a truly global event. Australia’s continued participation is an exciting step in that direction, “It remains to be seen what such an event may look like in the long run,” Sand continues.

In Vienna, Australia was guaranteed a spot in the final. Next year, Australia will have to compete in one of the two Semi-Finals. Australia’s participation is secured for 2016, but it is yet to be decided whether Australia will become a permanent participant in the contest.

“SBS is thrilled to have secured this opportunity for Australia to compete at Stockholm in 2016 and thank the European Broadcasting Union for their invitation. The Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful example of cultural diversity and social inclusion and our continued participation offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase Australian musical talent in a truly international multicultural celebration. Production partner Blink TV have been integral in supporting our ambition to build Australia’s presence on the world’s biggest stage and together we look forward to again bringing the Eurovision experience to our screens.” says CEO and Managing Director SBS, Michael Ebeid. Earlier this year, Australia was represented by megastar Guy Sebastian who finished 5th in the Grand Final with Tonight Again.

The EBU Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, voted unanimously in favour of Australia’s participation. The group consists of three elected representatives from the participating broadcasters, the Executive Producer of the upcoming contest, the Executive Producers of the previous two contests, the EBU Executive Supervisor and a Chairman.

“Europe and Australia have a lot in common in regards to cultural values and when a broadcaster is so committed to bring great acts to the contest, the only right thing to do is to be inclusive,” says Dr. Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group. “This is also a way for many Australians to re-connect with their European roots, and celebrate our shared cultural values and understanding through music”, he added.

In case Australia wins the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, the 2017 contest will be co-hosted by Australian broadcaster SBS and another European public broadcaster, somewhere in Europe. The next Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 10, 12 and 14 May, 2016, in Stockholm’s Globe Arena, co-hosted by Swedish public broadcaster SVT and the EBU. 41 countries are expected to take part.

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UKTV confirm Eurovision LIVE coverage for NZ

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The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest non-sporting live TV event and a strong household name among hundreds of millions of people in Europe. Every year, 100 to 125 million people in over 45 countries watch the televised competition. The contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world and without doubt, Europe’s favourite TV show.

For the first time in Eurovision history, this year Australia has been invited to compete at the contest as a wild card entry to celebrate 60 years of The Eurovision Song Contest. Multi-talented singer and ARIA Award-winner Guy Sebastian will represent Australia in some fierce competition from all around the world.

The 60th Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in Vienna, and it’s the Wiener Stadthalle that will be the arena for the upcoming contest. Hosting the green room this year is Eurovision’s famous bearded lady, Conchita Wurst who will also perform as the winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Semi Finals live premiere on Thursday 21 & Friday 22 May, 7.00am (encores at 8.30pm)
Grand Final live premiere on Sunday 24 May, 7.00am (encore at 6.30pm)

Get involved with #NZEurovision live coverage

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The team here at Dan News will be hosting a special gathering of die hard Eurovision fans at Dan’s house to get involved in the action.

For the first time ever on UKTV, fans will be able to cheer along their favourite countries during the ultimate musical event of the year, the Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Copenhagen.

Fans won’t miss a moment of the Eurovision Song Contest action, with the two live Semi-Finals broadcasting on May 7 and May 9 at 7.00am, with an encore at 9.30pm. The excitement comes to a climax when the 26 finalists perform in the finale on Sunday May 11 from 7.00am (simulcast with the Eurovision Song Contest live feed) with an encore at 8.30pm.

New Zealand fans will once again be able to experience this distinctive television event, featuring new talent and established artists from across Europe and the UK all battling it out for the glory of the number one spot. Viewers will be able to share their own memorable moments and become the voice of the live event on UKTV, using Twitter and Facebook to share and talk about the contest online as it happens (#NZEurovision, @UKTVnz).

Embraced globally for its unique mix of performers showcasing unforgettable moments, the Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest non-sporting live TV event, broadcast to hundreds of millions of people across the globe. In 1974, Eurovision was the launching pad for Swedish pop sensation, ABBA, who to this day are still the most successful competition winners since its inception almost 60 years ago.

This year, one of the highlights will be Australia’s participation as the interval act in the second Semi-Final with platinum-selling performer, Jessica Mauboy, singing an original song written especially for the Eurovision Song Contest. Jessica launched her career by taking part in Australian Idol.

Natalie Edgar, Director of Television BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We are delighted to bring UKTV viewers all of the excitement of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, live from Copenhagen. Eurovision Song Contest has a passionate and devoted legion of fans scattered all around the world and UKTV is proud to be broadcasting the event live to New Zealand audiences.”

Fun facts about the Eurovision Song Contest

 In 2012, Sophie Wilson, a New Zealand member of OGAE (the world’s biggest fan organisation for the Eurovision Song Contest) travelled all the way to Baku, Azerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest.
 Grease star and Aussie favourite Olivia Newton-John took to the Eurovision stage in 1974, singing her way to fourth place in Brighton.
 Remember French Canadian singer Celine Dion? Celine launched her career internationally after her win at the 1988 contest held in Dublin.
 Cliff Richard, the UK’s third top-selling singles artist competed twice, finishing in second and third place in 1968 and 1973 respectively.
 This year marks 40 years since Swedish pop group ABBA won the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest with their memorable song Waterloo.
 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first time the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Copenhagen.
 Ireland has won the contest seven times with three wins running consecutively in 1992, 1993 and 1994 – more than any other country.
 A singer named Ruslana won for Ukraine in 2004 and was later elected to their parliament.
 Norway has scored no points more times (four) than any other country in the Eurovision Song Contest history.
 The Turkish Eurovision Song Contest entry in 1983, consisted entirely of the word ‘Opera’ being repeated over and over. Spain’s cleverly titled, La La La contained no fewer than 138 La’s.

TX information
Semi-final 1: Wednesday May 7 at 7.00am (live) with the encore at 9.30pm
Semi-final 2: Friday May 9 at 7.00am (live) with the encore at 9.30pm
Final: Sunday May 11 at 7.00am (live) with the encore at 8.30pm

Get involved
Fans will be able to get directly involved with the live event from May 7-9. Viewers will be able to share their own memorable moments and become the voice of the live event on UKTV, using social media platforms to share and talk about the contest online as it happens.

#NZEurovision
Facebook: facebook.com/uktvnz
Twitter: twitter.com/uktvnz

Triangle/Stratos to screen Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world.

It is also one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.

So join us on Stratos and Triangle as we celebrate the 2011 competition.

Starting on Sunday the 8th of May Stratos will broadcast the 2010 final at 8pm. Followed in the week by the two Semi Final events, on Wednesday the 11th and Friday the 13th at 8pm. The Grand Final will be shown on Sunday the 15th of May at 8pm.

For Triangle viewers the Semi Finals will be broadcast at 8:30 on Thursday the 12th and 7:30 on Friday the 13th of May, followed by the Grand Final at 8:30 on Sunday the 15th.

For details on who is taking part head here.

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