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The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be presented in May. (Photo courtesy EUROVISION/EBU. Photo of Maraaya from Slovenia by Tanja Zrinski.)
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be presented in May. (Photo courtesy EUROVISION/EBU. Photo of Maraaya from Slovenia by Tanja Zrinski.)

2015 Eurovision Song Contest approaching, who will win?

May 12, 2015

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Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has been one of Europe’s most popular television programs and one of television’s longest running music shows.

After more than five decades featuring over 1,100 songs, the contest has become a modern classic with an estimated 125 million viewers watching each year, making it one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world. Featuring kitschy costumes and every style of music—love it or hate it—the contest represents a broad cross section of European popular culture unmatched by any other event.

Among the past winners from Denmark are Emmelie de Forest in 2013, the Olsen Brothers in 2000 and Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann in 1963.

This year’s entry from Denmark is the band “Anti Social Media”. According to Eurovision TV, over 2 million viewers watched the moment when the band won Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015, the Danish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. As a result of their victory, the band will represent Denmark at this year’s contest in Vienna, Austria. Anti Social Media is a pop/rock band inspired by the warm sounds of the 60’s. Their mission is to revive the simple and happy spirits of bands such as The Beatles, which leads to an all new combination of the old and the modern. See pictures of the Danish band at: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/photos?gal=127273

To learn more about the Eurovision Song Contest, visit www.Eurovision.tv.


Chicago Sister Cities International presents its free annual Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 2–5:30 pm (or when the contest ends) at Moe’s Cantina River North, Mezzanine Level (155 W. Kinzie Street). The contest will be streamed live from Vienna.

A special Eurovision Song Contest cocktail will be available for purchase. The audience is encouraged to bring flags and paraphernalia to represent the participating countries and will vote for their favorite contestant. Cash bar and full menu available. RSVP not required, but appreciated at www.ChicagoSisterCities.com.

Performers from 40 countries will be participating in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, including 14 where Chicago has a sister city: Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia; Birmingham, United Kingdom; Galway, Ireland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Hamburg, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland; Milan, Italy; Moscow, Russia; Paris, France; Petach Tikva, Israel; Prague, Czech Republic; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Warsaw, Poland.

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s 28 sister cities in the areas of economic development, education, tourism, immigration and cultural enrichment. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

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