London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith will be the venue for this special anniversary on the 31st of March, which will feature an array of classic and contemporary acts, as well as some surprise guests from throughout the contest’s colourful 60 year history.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest says: “Over the last 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has become a true European institution that has led the way in TV entertainment. We are delighted that the BBC is launching our diamond jubilee celebrations with this special event and that TV viewers from across Europe and beyond will also get to enjoy it too.”
Tickets to attend Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits, which will be recorded on the 31st of March, will be available to purchase at 11.15 (CET) on the 6th of February from Eurovision.tv (international sales) and the BBC’s Eurovision website (UK sales)
The show will be broadcast over Easter and beyond in Australia (SBS), Austria (ORF), Belgium (VRT & RTBF), Bulgaria (BNT), Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE), France (France 2), Greece (NERIT), Iceland (RÚV), Ireland (RTÉ), Israel (IBA), Norway (NRK), Portugal (RTP), Romania (TVR), Russia (C1R), San Marino (SMRTV), Slovenia (RTVSLO), Sweden (SVT), Switzerland (SRF), Spain (RTVE) and the United Kingdom (BBC).
Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits will be Executive Produced by Guy Freeman and directed by Geoff Posner.
Stay tuned to Eurovision.tv this week for further announcements on which acts will be performing in Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits.
First acts confirmed
Confirmed to take part is the reigning champion Conchita Wurst who will perform her winning song Rise Like A Phoenix.
Also appearing are the Swedish group The Herreys, who won in 1984 with Diggi-Loo, Diggi-Ley and completing the first three confirmed acts is Natasha St-Pier, who represented France in 2001 with Je N'ai Que Mon Âme. More acts will be announced in the coming days.
The BBC’s Eurovision commentator, Graham Norton, along with the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest host, Petra Mede, will co-host the show.
Graham Norton says: “I love Eurovision and am honoured to be co-hosting this special show. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 60 years of the greatest song contest in the world!”
Petra Mede says: "I am so looking forward to participating in this concert, this true celebration of a contest that has been a part of, not only my, but so many people´s lives. And it is an honour to co-host the show with Graham, who is fast becoming a Eurovision legend himself."