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World record for Eurovision contest

Published 23/05/2015

Last year's winner, Conchita Wurst, performs during a dress rehearsal for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Last year's winner, Conchita Wurst, performs during a dress rehearsal for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

The Eurovision Song Contest has been named the longest-running TV music competition by Guinness World Records.

The good news comes ahead of the grand final of the 60th anniversary show in Vienna, Austria, this evening.

It has been an annual event since 1956 and was originally called the Eurovision Grand Prix. It changed its name to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968.

The first winner of the competition was Switzerland's Lys Assia in a show in which only seven European countries competed.

This year 27 finalists are vying for the crown, with Slovenia taking to the stage first and Italy the final act.

Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor for the European Broadcasting Union, said: "After 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest is stronger than ever.

"We are proud of this title, which is a strong recognition for those who've kept the contest going strong over the past decades and encouraging for the many talented people who will contribute in the many decades to come."

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