Whether you love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest is back.
The annual event, which is watched by an audience of around 180 million people each year, remains immensely popular across Europe and the world.
Not only does it entertain but the contest has also launched the career of huge names in music.
But how did the contest come to be? And who has won it in the past?
Here’s everything you need to know about the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
When did Eurovision Song Contest begin?
The first ever Eurovision Song Contest took place in 1956 as a way to reunite and connect Europe after the Second World War.
The format was based on Italy’s Sanremo Music Festival, which had been held since 1951.
Eurovision was first held in Lugano, Switzerland with 7 countries taking part - Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
The UK did not join the contest until the second event in 1957.
How many Eurovision Song Contests have there been?
Eurovision has been hosted annually since its inception in 1956.
The only year that a contest did not take place in the past six decades is in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
There have been 65 finals held, with the 2022 contest being the 66th.
What is the most successful country at Eurovision?
Winning the contest has given countries bragging rights in the modern era, with all of those competing hoping to pick up as many wins as possible.
The most successful country in the competition is Ireland, having won Eurovision a total of seven times.
Ireland had a successful run of wins in the 1990s, becoming the first country to win the competition three years in a row.
They are followed by Sweden, who have six wins.
Luxembourg, France, the UK and the Netherlands all take bronze position, with five wins.
Who has won Eurovision?
The Eurovision stage has been home to some famous faces and has even launched the career of huge names such as ABBA and Celine Dion.
The two then-unknown stars became famous overnight after taking home the Eurovision trophy.
Results have often thrown up some surprises, with a four-way tie even being called in one year.
Here are a full list of the winners:
Switzerland: Refrain - Lys Assia
The Netherlands: Net Als Toen - Corry Brokken
France: Dors Mon Amour - André Claveau
The Netherlands: Een Beetje - Teddy Scholten
France: Tom Pillibi - Jaqueline Boyer
Luxembourg: Nous Les Amoureux - Jean-Claude Pascal
France: Un Premier Amour - Isabelle Aubret
Denmark: Dansevise - Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann
Italy: Non Ho L’étà - Gigliola Cinquetti
Luxembourg: Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son - France Gall
Austria: Merci Chérie - Udo Jürgens
United Kingdom: Puppet On A String - Sandie Shaw
Spain: La, La, La... - Massiel
France: Un Jour, Un Enfant - Frida Boccara
United Kingdom: Boom Bang-a-bang - Lulu
The Netherlands: De Troubadour - Lenny Kuhr
Spain: Vivo Cantando - Salomé
Ireland: All Kinds of Everything - Dana
Monaco: Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue - Séverine
Luxembourg: Après Toi - Vicky Leandros
Luxembourg: Tu Te Reconnaîtras - Anne-Marie David
Sweden: Waterloo - ABBA
The Netherlands: Ding-A-Dong - Teach-In
United Kingdom: Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood of Man
France: L’oiseau Et L’enfant - Marie Myriam
Israel: Abanibi - Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta
Israel: Hallelujah - Milk and Honey
Ireland: What’s Another Year - Johnny Logan
United Kingdom: Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz
Germany: Ein Bißchen Frieden - Nicole
Luxembourg: Si La Vie Est Cadeau - Corinne Hermès
Sweden: Diggi-loo Diggy-ley - Herrey’s
Norway: La Det Swinge - Bobbysocks
Belgium: J’aime Le Vie - Sandra Kim
Ireland: Hold Me Now - Johnny Logan
Switzerland: Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi - Céline Dion
Yugoslavia: Rock Me - Riva
Italy: Insieme: 1992 - Toto Cutugno
Sweden: Fångad Av En Stormvind - Carola
Ireland: Why Me - Linda Martin
Ireland: In Your Eyes - Niamh Kavanagh
Ireland: Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids - Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan
Norway: Nocturne - Secret Garden
Ireland: The Voice - Eimear Quinn
United Kingdom:Love Shine A Light - Katrina and The Waves
Israel: Diva - Dana International
Sweden: Take Me To Your Heaven - Charlotte Nilsson
Denmark: Fly On The Wings Of Love - Olsen Brothers
Estonia: Everybody - Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL
Latvia: I Wanna - Marie N
Turkey: Everyway That I Can - Setab Erener
Ukraine: Wild Dances - Ruslana
Greece: My Number One - Helena Paprizou
Finland: Hard Rock Hallelujah - Lordi
Serbia: Molitva - Marija Šerifović
Russia: Believe - Dima Bilan
Norway: Fairytale - Alexander Rybak
Germany: Satellite - Lena
Azerbaijan: Running Scared - Ell & Nikki
Sweden: Euphoria - Loreen
Denmark: Only Teardrops - Emmelie de Forest
Austria: Rise Like A Phoenix - Conchita Wurst
Sweden: Heroes - Måns Zelmerlöw
Ukraine: 1944 - Jamala
Portugal: Amar Pelos Dois - Salvador Sobral
Israel: TOY - Netta
The Netherlands: Arcade - Duncan Laurence
Italy: Zitti E Buoni - Måneskin
Who is favourite to win Eurovision 2022?
The current favourite to take home the Eurovision trophy in 2022 is Ukraine.
A strong public support is expected for Kalush Orchestra who are representing the country.
The UK are the bookies second favourties, while Sweden, Italy and Spain round out the top five.