So on the 16th of May up to 600 million people will sit down and listen to music and decide which song is the best in Europe. The whole week leading up to that date, Eurovision Week, is madness, and we will try to do our own version here in the FFC. [image=http://02varvara.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/eurovision-2009.jpg] First an introduction. The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. Each country participates via one of their national EBU-member television stations, whose task it is to select a singer and a song to represent their country in the international competition. The Contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most-watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally. Due to the fact that the songs are playing to such a diverse international audience with diverse musical tastes, and that countries want to be able to appeal to as many people as possible to gain votes, the majority of the songs historically have been middle-of-the-road pop. Deviations from this formula have rarely achieved success, leading to criticism that the music in the Contest is old-fashioned, and "bubblegum pop". This well-established pattern, however, was notably broken in 2006 with Finnish hard rock band Lordi's landslide victory. As it is a visual show, many performances attempt to attract the attention of the voters through means other than the music, which sometimes leads to bizarre onstage gimmicks and what some critics have called the Eurovision kitsch drive. Yes, this is the contest that started the career of ABBA and Celine Dion, but it has also produced some really dreadful things, and this year will probably not be an exception. FanForce Community Eurovision Week What we are going to do here is that up until the 12th of May (the day of the first semifinal) all contributions will be presented here in this thread. Up until the 12th of May you can pick which country you think is going to win the contest, you also need to guess how many points the winner will recieve so that we can separate the winner in case of a draw. The winner will recieve one week of colours. You need to send in your entry to me via PM. We are also going to have a sweepstake, where you are assigned a country, by lottery. You will need to publicly support this country, no matter how bad the entry is, and the winning country's representative will get colours for a week. Finally we are also going to select the FFC Winner. From the 12th, when all the entries have been presented, until the 17th you can give your own vote in this thread, and not only one vote either. You select your top three candidates and give them 12, 10 and 8 points respectiveley. In the end the entry with the most points will be the FFC Winner. Also if any of you talented people out there could whip together a banner that we can have here in the FFC for the whole Eurovision week, it would be really appreciated. So I hope many people will take the chance to have fun and follow the Eurovision here in the FFC.