Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

It’s that time of year again - the sparkly extravaganza that is the Eurovision Song Contest.

And this year, the singing competition is celebrating its 60th anniversary, therefore it promises to be bigger and cheesier than ever.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

So to prepare yourself for the coming week, here are a few things you might need to know.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

1. When and where.

This year the competition is being held in Vienna, Austria and hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while last year’s winner, Conchita Wurst will be hosting the Green Room coverage.

Semi-Final one will take place tonight, Tuesday May 19.

Semi-Final two will take place Thursday May 21 and the Grand Final will take place on Saturday May 23.

Live coverage for all shows will begin at 8:00pm on RTÉ 2.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

SPOILER: Ireland are second to perform in the second Semi-Final.

2. The Big 6

The big 6 countries are United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and last year’s winner, Austria.

These countries are automatically awarded spots in the final as they are the largest economic contributors to the contest.

These countries are also eligible to vote in the Semi-Finals.

Australia are also straight through to the Grand Final, but we’ll explain that later.

Overall, there are 39 countries in the running for the title.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

3. Semi-Final one.

The running order for Semi-Final one is as follows:

Moldova

Armenia

Belgium

The Netherlands

Finland

Greece

Estonia

FYR Macedonia

Serbia

Hungary

Belarus

Russia

Denmark

Albania

Romania

Georgia

And just in-case you are one of those hardcore fans, the ads are set to be after the 5th and 12th performances.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

4. Semi-Final two

Lithuania

Ireland

San Marino

Montenegro

Malta

Norway

Portugal

Czech Republic

Israel

Latvia

Azerbaijan

Iceland

Sweden

Switzerland

Cyprus

Slovenia

Poland

5. Australia.

This year will see Australia join the competition.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

Why? Simply because they love the Eurovision.

Eurovision 2015: Six things you need to know about this year’s Eurovision

Australia is being invited for the show's 60th anniversary, and is being called a once-off but the rules of the competition mean that if Australia wins, it could return.

“It’s a daring and at the same time incredibly exciting move. It is our way of saying; let’s celebrate this party together!” said Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the contest.

6. Our entry.

17-year-old Molly Sterling is our 2015 entry.

The secondary school student won Eurosong with her song Playing with Numbers, co-written by Greg French.

Have a listen here:

She and her entourage travelled to the Austrian captial last week, and she has been quickly dubbed Ireland’s sweetheart.

BEST OF LUCK MOLLY!

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