London’s Eventim Apollo (formerly the Hammersmith Apollo) will host a special Eurovision event celebrating the music contest’s 60th anniversary.
The BBC confirmed that the show, Eurovision’s Greatest Hits, will take place on 31 March. Some of the most popular songs from Eurovision’s history will feature, sung by the classic and contemporary acts who originally performed them.
Graham Norton and last year’s Swedish host Petra Mede will co-host the show, which will be broadcast globally. BBC One will exclusively broadcast the show in the UK this Easter.
“I love Eurovision and am honoured to be co-hosting this special,” Norton said. “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 60 years of the greatest song contest in the world.”
Conchita Wurst, the Austrian Eurovision 2014 winner, is the first confirmed act and will perform her hit ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’. Joining her on the night will be 1984 winners Herreys (Sweden) and 2001 competitor Natasha St-Pier (France).
Competition winners Emmelie de Forest (2013, Denmark), Lordi (2006, Finland) and Nicole (1982, Germany). More acts are expected to be announced in the coming days.
“Over the last 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has become a true European institution that has led the way in TV entertainment,” said Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand. “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.”