The final of the Eurovision song contest takes place this Saturday evening, and for fans of the spectacle Twitter has become the place to go to experience the TV event in its full glory.
Last year’s final generated more than 3.76 million Tweets across Europe, making it the most tweeted-about TV show of 2013 (excluding sport).
The team behind @Eurovision have embraced Twitter more than ever this year, building excitement ahead of the live shows with news and updates and behind-the-scenes, content-rich images and Vine videos.
Excitement around this weekend’s show is already under way. The two semi-finals broadcast this week generated more than half a million Tweets each, and counting.
The UK does not have to take part in the semi-finals since they automatically qualify. However, the reaction on Twitter to the semi-finals has given Eurovision fans a flavour of what’s to come. The most tweeted about moments of Tuesday’s final came as Iceland’s entry @Pollaponk took to the stage, generating more than 7,000 Tweets per minute.
Some of the Tweets from the night that got fans talking on Twitter included:
Lordi we’ve seen some crazy staging in Eurovision but 2014 takes the biscuit or should we say Danish pastry. Twitter you are in for a treat.— BBC Eurovision ( @bbceurovision) May 5, 2014
Including a promise from @RickyGervais:
When I decide to retire & move to Mars I promise I will get drunk and host Eurovision before I go. Mental.— Ricky Gervais ( @rickygervais) May 6, 2014
And when it came to Thursday’s round, Austria’s @ConchitaWurst took to the stage and lit up Twitter generating more than 7,400 Tweets per minute. Some of Thursday’s most popular Tweets included:
This entry contains strobe lights. Oh, and a woman with a beard. What more do you want? #Austria— BBC Eurovision ( @bbceurovision) May 8, 2014
To all at home! This is for you! To all at the hall.. I already hear you! Let’s send some love to the World! #together— conchita wurst ( @ConchitaWurst) May 8, 2014
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