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Eurovision Song Contest Final

In 1956 at the inception of the Eurovision Song Contest there were only seven countries who took part in Eurovision but this quickly rose to over twenty in the 1980's and the organizers were faced with a dilemma. The final is a live broadcast and as a result it was impossible to have an ever growing number of acts.

In 1993 it was decided that a pre selection committee held in Lubijana would select from the new contries wishing to join, a quasi audition process. It was also decided in the same year that the country which had received the worst score would be relegated from automatic entry and required to participate in the new selection process..

This system persisted until 1996 when it was decided that the system was unfair and any country that wanted to enter could send a demo tape and have it scrutinized by a jury in each of the countries that wanted to take part.

In 1996 this process lead to Germany failing to qualify and as one of the main financial contributors it was soon recognized that there had to be some safeguards installed to prevent the whole competition from collapsing.

The Big Four / Five

In 2000 order to shore up the future of the competition, it was decided that regardless of the quality of their songs four countries would be granted immediate access to the final without any pre judging requisites. The United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and France were granted this favour and in 2010 Italy joined the list.

Whilst it has always been understood that Eurovision needed the financial protection of the wealthier countries in 2013 Turkey decided to withdraw from the competition citing the Big Five as one of their main reasons.

Hosts

Whilst Turkey's position can be understood, because the winner of the show has the 'honour of hosting the next one, during such a difficult economic climate in the Eurozone, it has been suggested that some may not want to take part in the final for fear of winning it and having to embrace the financial burden of a lavish live broadcast.

This year there will be two semi finals taking place on Tuesday 10th May and Thursday 12th May. The final will then be held on Saturday 14th May.

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