The first ever Eurovision Song Contest took place on the 24th of May, 1956, in Lugano, Switzerland. In 54 years, over 1,200 songs have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. Dutch conductor Dolf van der Linde conducted for seven different countries (Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland). Johnny Logan won the Eurovision Song Contest three times. In 1980 and 1987 he represented Ireland as performer and won both times, in 1992 he wrote Linda Martin's winning entry Why Me. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 15 countries that have won Eurovision the most.
In 2007, 90 million people saw the Eurovision Song Contest, in 2008 105 million people tuned in. In 2009, 125 million people watched the competition and over 10 million phone and SMS votes were cast for the Eurovision Song Contest. Most winning songs were performed in English - songs (mostly) in English won 22 times. French is also popular with 14 victories, Dutch and Hebrew songs won 3 times each. You can also read our list of the 10 Most Popular Songs of All-Time.