22 October 2005 the great 50th anniversary show for the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), called Congratulations will be held in Forum Copenhagen.
14 popular songs from earlier years of ESC has been selected to be performed. 10 of the songs has been chosen by fans from all over Europe and finally 4 songs has gotten a wildcard from the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group.
The show will be broadcast to more than 25 countries all over Europe, 33 countries world wide, and during the night the European viewers will televote to choose the most popular song of the last 50 years of Eurovision Song Contests The europeans will be able to vote for their own country.
total of 14 songs have been selected to take part in Congratulations, the special ESC 50th anniversary TV show organized on behalf of the EBU by Danmarks Radio (DR) in Copenhagen on Saturday 22 October 2005.
The special two-hour celebration show will be broadcast live (21:00 CET) in over 25 countries across Europe (the final list to be announced). On the night, European viewers will televote to choose the most popular ESC song. As with the Eurovision Song Contest, the centralized televoting system will be developed and coordinated for "Congratulations" by digame.de GmbH, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom.
The 14 songs taking part in "Congratulations" were selected in the following way: fans across the world chose 10 of the songs by voting at eurovision.tv. An additional four wild card songs were picked by the ESC Reference Group.
To help voters with their choices, the online voting platform featured video clips along with facts and figures about songs and performers. Online voting for the 50th anniversary event started on eurovision.tv on 20 May and ended on 12 June.
The 14 songs are, in chronological order:
"Nel Blu Di Pinto di Blu or Volare" (Domenico Modugno, 1958, Italy);
"Poupée de Cire Poupée de Son" (France Gall, 1965, Luxembourg);
"Congratulations" (Cliff Richard), 1968, UK);
"Eres Tú" (Mocedades, 1973, Spain);
"Waterloo" (ABBA, 1974, Sweden);
"Save Your Kisses for Me" (Brotherhood of Man, 1976, UK);
"What’s Another Year" (Johnny Logan, 1980; Ireland);
"Ein Bisschen Frieden" (Nicole, 1982, Germany);
"Hold Me Now" (Johnny Logan, 1987, Ireland);
"Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi" (Céline Dion, 1988, Switzerland);
"Diva" (Dana International, 1998, Israel);
"Fly on the Wings of Love" (Olsen Brothers, 2000, Denmark);
"Everyway That I Can" (Sertab Erener, 2003, Turkey);
"My Number One" (Helena Paparizou, 2005, Greece).