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Stars shine in Amsterdam's milky way

Some 1500 fans attended the sell out concert, in what has become the biggest preview event in Europe. A record breaking 25 countries from this year's contest made the trip to the Dutch capital to showcase their entries.

In the afternoon, the press and media had the opportunity to interview the participants, following an introduction by Eurovision in Concert organiser René Romkes, and Event Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Sietse Bakker. The press were also treated to a special performance by Carola Häggkvist of her 1991 winning song Captured By A Lovestorm.

René admitted that the event had started in 2009 as something of a joke, and has now turned out to be bigger than they ever expected. It has even attracted the attention of Jon Ola Sand, the EBU Executive Supervisor and Mattias Carlsson, the Creative Director of this year's contest, who were both attending the concert.

Images from the press event and concert

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In the main concert in the evening, Marlayne and Linda acted as hosts, and treated the audience to performances of their respective Dutch entries, whilst Carola brought the concert to a climax by performing all three of her Swedish entries in the contest, namely those from 1983, 1991 and 2006.

The following countries from 2013 contest presented their entries, Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

We will be uploading all the performances from the concert on, and already you can watch the first entrant on stage at the Melkweg, the Lithuanian entrant Andrijus Pojavis with the song Something.

Watch the first video


Watch out for videos of all the other performances coming up soon on

For those who missed out on the Amsterdam event, then there is still an opportunity to see some of this year's entrants next week, as on Sunday 21st April, it is the turn of London to present their sixth annual London Preview Party. Austria, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Malta and San Marino are amongst the acts who have confirmed their attendance, as well as John Allison (UK 1961) and Sarbel (Greece 2007). The event will be hosted by Nicki French (UK 2000) and Paddy O'Connell.

Did You Know?

Preview videos of the entries first appeared in time for the 1971 edition of Europe's Favourite TV Show. Prior to this it was rare for viewers to see any entries outside their own country.

Strict rules were enforced regarding the previews. For many years all participating countries were obliged to screen the previews on their national television channels. They weren't allowed to broadcast them in one programme, and had to be shown in at least two separate programmes. There were also restrictions on the earliest and latest dates they could be broadcast. In that first year of previews in 1971, the previews of Ireland and Malta were only shown in black and white, as colour television wasn't established in those countries yet. In fact the very first colour broadcast in Ireland was the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, which was staged in Dublin.

Nowadays broadcasters aren't obliged to broadcast the preview videos on their networks, but with the changing technology, fans have various ways of watching the preview videos, including watching them all here on!