Eurovision Song Contest in Figures

The top three countries at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 might have been different if Russia had taken part in the event. The matter is that Russia is the most successful country in the history of Eurovision as measured by the share of prize-winning appearances, i.e. the number of times a country finished first, second, or third as a share of the total number of times the country took part in the Grand Final.

Russia participated in the final of the Eurovision every year since its first appearance in 1994 excluding 1996, 1998, and 1999 years: a total of 20 times. This year, Russia was withdrawn from the contest because its representative was not permitted to enter Ukraine, host country of the event. 8 times out of 20 - or in 40 percent of cases - Russia came third, second, or first. This is the highest result among all countries who have won the contest at least 1 time.

On the contrary, Portugal, the winner of the Eurovision 2017, is the second least successful country after Finland. This year's victory is the country's first appear in the top three after 40 times the country participated in the Grand Final. Bulgaria and Moldova, who finished second and third in 2017, also achieved their highest positions ever in 2017.

While Russia is the top country by share of "top-3" appearances, it is not the top country by share of wins - this country is Ireland. But it also did not take part in the Grand Final this year because it was not qualified in the semi-final. Still, all Ireland's success was in the previous century: the country did not appear in the top 3 since 1997.

And if Ireland lost its success, some countries have never had it. Thus, a total of 51 countries participated in the final of Eurovision through its 62-year history, and 24 of them have never won the contest. Among those 24 countries, Cyprus is the most unsuccessful one as it made 28 attempts and the highest result it achieved is the fifth place in 1982, 1997, and 2004 years.

The Eurovision Song Contest is attended by one representative from each member country of the European Broadcasting Union who applied for participation. Only one representative from each country can participate, performing a song of no more than three minutes. After the performance of all participants, the most popular song is determined by voting of the viewers and the jury, composed of representatives of all the participating countries.

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