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Artists from 23 countries assemble to sing live on the floating stage of the Spektrum
Centre in Oslo, Norway. Terry Wogan is in the commentary box for the 41st annual contest of song, and the acts are introduced by Morten Harket and Ingvild Bryn. See today's choices.
Entries in order of appearance:
Turkey Besinci Meusim performed by Sebnem Paker
United Kingdom Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit performed by Gina G
Spain Ay Que Deseo performed by Antonio Carbonell
Portugal O Meu Coracao Nao Tem Cor performed by Lucia Moniz
Cyprus Monio Gia Mas performed by Constantinos
Malta Ina Woman's Heart performed by Miriam Christine
Croatia Sveta Ljubav performed by Maja Blagdan
Austria Weil's Dr Guat Got performed by George Nussbaumer
Switzerland Mon Coeur L'aime performed by Kathy Leander
Greece We Turn Our Winters into Spring performed by Marianna Efstratiou
Estonia Kaelakee Haai performed by Maarja-Uis iius Ivo Linna
Norway levighet performed by Elisabeth Andreassen
France Diwanit Bugale performed by Dan Ar Brazet I 'heritage des Celtes
Slovenia Dan Najlepsih Sanj performed by Regina
Netherlands De Eerste Keer performed by Maxine and Franklin Brown
Belgium Uefde Is Een Kaartspel performed by Lisa Del Bo
Ireland The Voice performed by Eimear Quinn
Finland Niin Kaunis on Taivas performed by Jasmine
Iceland Sjubidu performed by Anna Mjoii
Poland I Want to Know My Sin performed by Kasia Kowalska
Bosnia Za Nasu Ljubav performed by Amila Glamocak
Slovakia Kym Nas Mas performed by Marcel Palonder
Sweden Den Vilda performed by One More Time
SIMULTANEOUS BROADCAST: with Radio 2
The Andrew Duncan Interview with Terry Wogan : page 16
As the Eurovision Song Contest Is live, subsequent programmes may run late
Eurovision Song Contest
8.00pm BBC 1 It may seem incredible, but Great Britain hasn't won the Eurovision Song Contest for 15 inglorious years. Are we just fatally out of step with European pop tastes? It seems that way from tonight's line-up: most of the entries are slow ballads, while our choice (Gina G singing OohAah...Just a Little Bit) is an up-tempo dance number.
The drama will unfold as artists from the 23 participating countries set out their wares on the stage of Oslo's Spektrum Centre (Norway won last year with Secret Garden's Nocturne, which broke Ireland's three-year stranglehold but sounded Irish anyway). Many Eurovision regulars didn't even make it through the pre-selection judging, so there are no entries from Germany, Denmark or Israel. Morten Harket (lead singer of eighties teen band A-Ha) introduces the performers on a spectacular stage designed to resemble an oil rig, and foreign correspondent Ingvild Bryn collects the votes in a virtual reality studio.
Terry Wogan provides his usual amused commentary, and shares his Eurovision memories with Andrew Duncan on page 16.
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