5 November 1951, the British journalist George Campey publish an article inspired by two obsessions that he had for a long time: the “onset” of television in Europe and two words that stacked on his mind; “Europe” and “Television”. The result was the brilliant title “Eurovision”. When he wrote the article Campey didn’t know that his 10 letters word will conquer the world and his “vision” will become the vision of thousands and thousands of people.
At the end of January 1955, Marcel Bezençon (president of the EBU Programme Committee) conceived the idea for a music project that will unite all countries of the exhaust, by the Second World War, Europe under the newborn institution that mend to conquer the entire world: television. That was the birth of “Le Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne ", today is known as “Eurovision Song Contest”. Bezençon was inspired by Sanremo’s Music Festival, a great institution till our days in Italy. The technological experiment of Marcel was only the beginning, Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, Belgium, and Switzerland was the seven first countries that participated in the first “Grand-Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne” that took place in the city of Lugano in Switzerland. It was the 24th of May in Teatro Kursaal that Lys Assia won the first contest for the host country with the song “Refrain”.
The competitions start to trigger the curiosity of other countries in Europe and the competition of 1957 count ten countries; Austria, Denmark, and United Kingdom became the new members of “Eurovision Song Contest 1957”. Year by year more countries participate in the contest and the initial idea of Marcel Bezençon becomes the most popular song contest of all times. In February 17 1981 Marcel leaves his last breath at Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. His dream to unite all Europe under the “wings” of a song contest became the dream of twenty countries that year, and millions of people that believed in a superior idea: no matter the differences, the wars, and hate we can be united as one and celebrate together with a common purpose: the Music, the “Eurovision Song Contest”.
With the passing of the years Eurovision became a symbol, a fix point, and also the dreams, the ideals, the hope, the happiness of all artists in Europe, and not only. As far as EBU spread her “wings” this ideals will become the dreams of artists and new talents. It’s a non-stop competition; once it’s begun no one can stop it.
After all this years we must admit that the legacy of Eurovision is the efforts of all the participant nations for the only purpose that the humanity must have: Peace and Love for life and joy.