Eurovision is 60, or if we’re being really pernickety 59. Either way, that’s well over half a century! But the contest isn’t the only one who’s ageing. Sure you may be feeling full of youthful vigour right now, but wait until you’ve gone through our list below. Y’all will be signing up for your pensions in no time, or at least seeing if the Buranovskiye Babushki have room for any new members.
1. Eurovision’s 70th anniversary celebrations are as far away as its 50th.
2. It’s been ten years since the UK almost sent the heavily pregnant, latex clad, glamour model Katie Price (formerly Jordan) to Eurovision.
A lucky escape? Their actual representative, Javine, only came 22nd.
3. Twelve years ago, the EBU were so paranoid that Russia’s Tatu would share an on-stage snog that they almost arranged for a pre-recorded “clean” version of their performance.
The kiss never happened, and we had to wait ten more years for Finland’s Krista Siegfrids to bring some same-sex realness to the contest.
4. The Eurovision semi-final system has been in place in some shape or form for 11 years.
Countless “injustices” have ensued.
5. The 100% televoting era came to an end seven years ago, when the juries rescued Sweden’s Charlotte Perrelli.
Were it completely up to televoters, she wouldn’t have qualified for the final.
6. And the 50/50 system was first rolled out during the 2009 grand final, six years ago.
A love/hate relationship was born.
7. Las Ketchup, Spain’s 2006 representatives, rose to fame 13 years ago with their worldwide number one “The Ketchup Song”.
What were we all thinking?
8. UK viewers haven’t heard Terry Wogan’s commentary in over half a decade.
He retired in 2008.
9. Iceland’s Silvía Night hasn’t been seen for eight years and is presumed dead.
The last known sighting was in 2007. Thankfully, her alter ego Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir is still with us.
10. Eurovision.tv’s homepage in June 2005.
11. The official Eurovision album from 2001.
Featuring classics from Dave Benton, Antique and Natasha St-Pier.
12. No one below the age of 25 will remember Luxembourg’s final participation in 1993.
13. And anyone under 15 is unlikely to remember Monaco’s last appearance in 2006.
14. Before Vienna, we’d gone 11 whole contests without witnessing the dreaded “nul points”.
The UK’s Jemini were the last recipients in 2003.
15. It’s been 14 years since we first met Sanna Nielsen at Melfest 2001.
16. “Molitva” was the last non-English language winner – eight years ago!
17. Ireland’s 2015 entrant, Molly Sterling, wasn’t even alive the last time the country won with “The Voice” in 1996.
18. Speaking of Molly, guess whose heart was going on at the top of the Irish charts the day she was born?
Celine Dion’s heart went on and on and on for a total of seven weeks!
19. We first met Celine 27 years ago, when she asked us not to leave without her.
The Canadian gave Switzerland its second win.
20. Back to chart-toppers, Cher was at number one in 23 countries with “Believe” when Israel’s Nadav Guedj was born in November 1998.
21. While San Marino’s Anita Simoncini arrived in April 1999, just as the world was becoming acquainted with a certain Britney Spears!
Her buddy, Michele Perniola was greeted by the much less-exciting Des’ree the previous September.
And especially for those of you who are Generation X-ers
22. ABBA split up 33 years ago.
The Swedish winners were only together for a decade.
23. The three year old from Brotherhood of Man’s “Save Your Kisses For Me” would be 42 today.
24. The same age as the contest’s youngest ever winner – Belgium’s Sandra Kim.
The 1986 victor was only 13.