In May, 2013 I edited the Semi-Final 2 and Grand Final for the 2013 Eurovision Song Competition for SBS’s coverage with Julia Zimero and Sam Pang. This year marked the 30th anniversary of SBS’s coverage of the contest.
With heavy promotion and a social media campaign and support, it ended up being the highest rated broadcast of the Eurovision song contest in Australia since they started recording ratings in 2001 with 590,000 people tuning in on the Sunday night. It also was the highest rated show SBS had broadcast so far in 2013, with market share reaching double digits for the first time at 11% However what was remarkable was that over the weekend of the broadcast #SBSEurovision became the most tweeted subject on Twitter for the entire world!
About The Show:
The Eurovision euphoria is back as Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang head up SBS’s exclusive coverage of the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest from Malmö, Sweden.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the SBS broadcast so “it’s time to get dolled up” – like never before!
Get your meatballs ready, set up the IKEA chairs and pour your friends a round of vodka – Sweden is no stranger to hosting this party. Sweden is the third largest pop and rock exporter in the world, with an impressive record at the Eurovision Song Contest. They have won five times since their debut in 1958 and most notably in 1974 with legendary pop group, ABBA.
Call it history, fate or talent, the home court advantage places the Scandinavian contestants at the top of this year’s favourites list. 22-year old Robin Stjernberg is flying the flag for Sweden after a historic win at Melodifestivalen, and Denmark’s barefoot royal Emmelie de Forest stamps her ground as the bookmakers’ bet.
Let’s not dismiss the year’s comebacks though, as rock icon Bonnie Tyler dusts off for the United Kingdom and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi pens a song for Armenia’s return – anything can happen!
You can watch the various broadcasts at the SBS Eurovison mini site here: Or click the direct links below: