In 2015, the EBU-UER had decided again to commemorate the contest and agreed with the United Kingdom’s broadcaster, BBC, to produce a show for the 60th anniversary of the contest, after evaluating several proposals from member broadcasters in regards to the anniversary celebration beyond the 2015 Contest in May. The event, entitled Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits, took place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London and featuredfifteen acts from thirteen countries in the official line-up. Unlike the 50th anniversary show in 2005 which was broadcast live, this event didn’t feature a competition and was pre-recorded to be televised across Europe and other EBU-UER members on various dates schedule by the respective broadcasters. The event was hosted by the British commentator for Eurovision, Graham Norton, and the host of the 2013 Contest, Petra Mede.
In late 2011, the EBU-UER had begun archiving all the contests since the first edition in 1956 in order to be finalised before the 2015 Contest, for the 60th anniversary. It was later reported that the archive is ready and will be released on the 60th anniversary with making the content available to journalists in broadcast-ready formats while also giving public accessibility to “selected content” through the official Eurovision website.
Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits
Periodo: Friday, 31 March 2015
Presentatore (i): Petra Mede, Graham Norton
Trasmesso da: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Sede: Eventim Apollo, London, United Kingdom
Participanti: 15 entries
Reprise Act: All of the acts (except Loreen) performed a medley of Eurovision hits, including “Hallelujah”, “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, “Making Your Mind Up”, and “Waterloo”.
Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits (also known asEurovision’s Greatest Hits) is a pre-recorded concert programme organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU-UER) 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 andPetra 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 Archwas the musical director for the concert. Tickets for the event went on sale on 6 February 2015.
Broadcasting countries Non-broadcasting countries Broadcasting unknown
Location: 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.
Organisation: 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.
Presenters: Graham Norton and Petra Mede, hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits. On 3 February 2015 it was announced that Graham Norton and Petra Mede would co-host the concert show. Norton, co-hosted theEurovision 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: 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 show: The concert was recorded live on 31 March 2015, at the Eventim Apollo, London; allowing participating broadcastersthe 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
In the concert, the United Kingdom’s entrant for 2015, Electro Velvet, performed a live version of their entry for the main contest in the same year, “Still in Love with You”.
Interval act: It was confirmed on 22 March 2015 that the interval act for Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits would beRiverdance. 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.
Participating countries: 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 Bobbysockswould 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.
|01||2013||Denmark||English||Emmelie de Forest||“Only Teardrops”||—|
|02||1973||Luxembourg||French, English||Anne-Marie David||“Tu te reconnaîtras”||You will recognise yourself|
|03||1984||Sweden||English, Swedish||Herreys||“Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”||—|
|05||2000||Denmark||English||Olsen Brothers||“Fly on the Wings of Love”||—|
|06||1976||United Kingdom||English||Brotherhood of Man||“Save Your Kisses For Me”||—|
|07||1968||Spain1||Spanish||Rosa López||“La, la, la” 2||—|
|1969||“Vivo cantando” 3||I live singing|
|1973||“Eres tú” 4||It’s you|
|2002||Spanish, English||“Europe’s Living a Celebration”||—|
|08||1982||Germany||English, Italian,German||Nicole||“Ein bißchen Frieden”||A little peace|
|09||2006||Finland||English||Lordi||“Hard Rock Hallelujah”||—|
|10||2001||France||French, English||Natasha St-Pier||“Je n’ai que mon âme”||All I have is my soul|
|2006||“Never Let You Go||—|
|12||1985||Norway||Norwegian, English||Bobbysocks!||“La det swinge”||Let it swing|
|14||1980||Ireland1||English||Johnny Logan||“What’s Another Year”||—|
|1992||“Why Me?” 5||—|
|1987||“Hold Me Now”||—|
|15||2014||Austria||English||Conchita Wurst||“Rise Like a Phoenix”||—|
|—||2015||United Kingdom||English||Electro Velvet||“Still in Love with You”6||—|
- 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.
Reprise performance: 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 theEurovision 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 forUnited 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”.
International broadcasting: 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.
Commentators: 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||Ireland||RTÉ2||No commentary|
|United Kingdom||BBC One|
|4 April 2015|| Belgium
|Eén||Peter Van de Veire|
|Finland||Yle Fem||Sarah Dawn Finer and Christer Björkman|
|Sweden||SVT1 and SVT World|
|5 April 2015||Albania||RTSH||No commentary|
|11 April 2015||Finland||Yle TV2|
|13 April 2015||Bulgaria||BNT1|
|19 April 2015||BNT2|
|25 April 2015||Latvia||LTV1||Aigars Rozenbergs|
|26 April 2015||Portugal||RTP1||Júlio Isidro|
|2 May 2015||Slovenia||TV SLO 1||No commentary|
|4 May 2015||United Kingdom||BBC Radio 2||Graham Norton|
|12 May 2015|| Belgium
|La Une||Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys|
|16 May 2015|
|Germany||NDR and MDR||Peter Urban|
|Greece||NERIT1 and N HD||Greeksubtitles|
|Romania||TVR1 and TVR HD||No commentary|
|17 May 2015||Austria||ORF eins||Andi Knoll|
|19 May 2015||Switzerland||SRF zwei (part 1)||No commentary|
|20 May 2015||France||France 2||Natasha St-Pier|
|21 May 2015||Switzerland||SRF zwei (part 2)||No commentary|
|21 May 2015||Australia||SBS One|
|22 May 2015||Estonia||ETV|
|23 May 2015||Spain||La 1||José María Íñigo and Julia Varela|
|Declined broadcasting||Armenia||ARMTV||Declined broadcasting|
Broadcasting unknown: The following list of countries, who are members of the EBU-UER have not announced their plans on whether to broadcast the show: Algeria, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Slovakia, Tunisia, Turkey, Vatican City.