Tomorrow is the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest: the world’s biggest entertainment show with 200 million people tuning in. Let’s take you on a tour of the official Eurovision Song Contest app.
The Eurovision Song Contest, which has been broadcast every year since 1956, is one of the world’s most-watched non-sporting events.
With Microsoft as its official technology partner, the contest is coming to you wherever you are – so get ready for some musical merriment.
“It’s the final countdown”
With no sign-ups or registration required, you’ll arrive at the Home screen. Positioned at the top is a countdown clock showing the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the first and second semi-finals as well as the contest’s grand final. Just swipe left or right to uncover future events.
To ensure you don’t miss each event, tap the ellipsis (…) at the bottom of your phone’s screen to find the brilliantly useful “Remind me” feature. It’ll add the events to you calendar.
A total of 40 countries are taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest and you’ll discover a small selection of news, photos, videos, and more right beneath the countdown timers.
For a more extensive list, hit the hamburger menu at the top of the page and select “Updates.”
Alternatively, the “Participants” panel will show everybody taking part. You can drill down deeper and read their biographies, song entry lyrics, purchase songs and hit the “Remind to vote” button for later.
Be a face in the Eurovision Song Contest
“Selfie Layers” is a fun way to show your support through the magic of the selfie.
Take a photo, add some Eurovision branding or country flags and share it with the world.
This year’s contest, held in Vienna, Austria, marks the competition’s 60th birthday. But which Eurovision decade best suits you? To find out, make use of the “MatchMaker” feature.
All it takes is a few short questions and about a minute of your time and you’ll know. Don’t forget to share the results!
It turns out the 70s is my decade. What’s yours?
Sing-along to your favorite song
The “Music Shop” is, as you’d expect, the place where you can buy any of the songs being performed during the Eurovision Song Contest 2015–all 40 of them.
There’s also a fun karaoke version should you want to join in at home.
You: 12 punkte! (12 points, in German)
Check out the gift shop
For Eurovision fanboys and girls, check out the “Merchandise” shop. There, you can purchase Eurovision-branded shoulder bags, hoodies, T-Shirts, and an official 2015 program book.
There’s even a complete party package filled with balloons, badges, wristbands, a poster, and the official song CD.
Make you vote count
One important element of the Eurovision Song Contest app is that you can vote for your favorite song (read: country) of the night.
When the voting lines are open, you have a 15-minute window to vote. Head over to the dedicated voting screen to cast your vote. Once you do, you’ll receive a special video-message from the artist you voted for.
Your votes, combined with the votes of a separate jury, will form the results. Who’s going to scale the leader board or fall to the bottom? Only your votes and time will tell.
Download the official Eurovision Song Contest app on your Windows Phone now.
Who’s going to win?