As the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, Lys Assia’s place in the history of our Contest was guaranteed the moment the credits rolled over ‘Refrain’. But it was her passion for the Song Contest throughout her life that endeared her to the fanbase. Ewan Spence remembers her career and a playful sense of adventure.
Iceland have not come close to qualifying for three tormenting years, but still the volcanic island has Europe's highest Eurovision viewing figures and a National Final selling out weeks in advance. Ben Robertson visits Iceland and learns how Eurovision in the Arctic north is a part of their family culture.
We all have our favourites that lose in the National Final season, songs that you just know had a chance to do so much better if only they made it to the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Monty Moncrieff looks at some of the factors that can mean a potential big hit can fall at the first hurdle.