Eurovision: The 2014 Eurovision Grand Final awarded in Spain

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This year’s Grand Final has received the recognition as the best international television show from the Spanish radio station Ràdio Barcelona.

The Premios Ondas are a series of awards granted by Ràdio Barcelona, one of the stations belonging to the Spanish Cadena SER. These accolades are bestowed upon radio, music and television productions and professionals and this year they celebrate their 61st edition (practically as old as the Eurovision Song Contest).

Among the past winners you find names such as The Corrs, U2, Phil Collins and Roger Moore.

And since 6 November 2014 we have another famous and prestigious name added to that list, as the jury members of the Premios Ondas have decided that the Grand Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest shall be granted the Premio Ondas Internacional de Televisión (International Television Award).

As the announcement published in the awards website states, the Eurovision Song Contest is the great European international music and entertainment event produced since 1956 and which still stands thanks to its modern and innovative format. This has allowed it to reinvent itself, grow bigger in time and entice the new generations of viewers, displaying the latest technical and artistic production developments in performances by artists from different countries. Produced this year by the Danish broadcaster DR with outstanding professionalism and creativity, it has achieved a 100 million viewers audience in the Final Gala (and more than 195 million as total cumulative in 2014).

The press conference announcing the Premios Ondas 2014

The Premios Ondas are highly valued in Spain due to their long history and the prestige that they entail. The Spanish representative in the awarded Grand Final, Ruth Lorenzo, has proudly announced the recognition received by the Eurovision Song Contest in her Facebook page. It has been a pleasure to be a part of such event. Thank you Eurovision Song Contest and TVE, she posted.

Apart from the brilliant job developed by DR for this year’s event, this prize can be also taken as an acknowledgment to the Eurovision Song Contest history, its endurance and its personality. The format might not be unique (it was inspired by the Italian Festivale di San Remo) ,but year after year it has gained a name to itself and has achieved something that might not be in the minds of its creators: the Eurovision Song Contest is an entity in itself that people will recognize; even those who revile it. And in spite of that, it has gone on and on for 60 years now.

Eurovision is a nowadays a synonym of Eurovision Song Contest. It is more than just the name of the international distribution network founded in 1954 which started the Contest two years later. Indeed, when you search Eurovision on the internet you find pages and news on the Eurovision Song Contest.

After 60 years of ceremonies, countless artists, tunes and songs for History, the Eurovision Song Contest is going through one of its sweetest moments. The audience, its international success and now this Premio Ondas will stand as proof. And many more years lay ahead…

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest was the 59th edition of the event. The Grand Final took place on 10 May in Copenhagen, Denmark. Spain was represented with Dancing in the rain, performed by Ruth Lorenzo. Conchita Wurst reached the first position for Austria with her song Rise like a phoenix.

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