Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
"#JoinUs"
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 logo.png
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 6 May 2014
Semi-final 2 date 8 May 2014
Final date 10 May 2014
Host
Venue B&W Hallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark[1]
Presenter(s) Lise Rønne
Nikolaj Koppel
Pilou Asbæk
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Pernille Gaardbo
Host broadcaster DR
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries 37
Debuting countries None
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will be the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place at the B&W Hallerne, in Copenhagen, Denmark,[1] following Emmelie de Forest's win in the 2013 contest with the song "Only Teardrops". The shows will be presented by Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk. For the first time in the history of the contest, the trio of presenters will comprise of two men and one woman.[4] This will be the third time that Denmark will host the contest, the last time being in 2001.

Thirty-seven countries have confirmed participation. On 10 May 2013 during the organizers press conference in Malmö, the executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, commented that he hoped for the return of countries absent from the 2013 Contest and that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is in discussions with these broadcasters regarding their potential return.[5] The dates set for the two semi-finals are 6 May and 8 May 2014, with the final planned for the evening of 10 May 2014,[6] although the dates had been provisionally set for a week later.[7][8] The reason that the contest has been brought forward a week is for the suitability of the current candidate cities.[6]

Copenhagen, Herning, Horsens, Fredericia and Aalborg had placed bids on hosting the contest.[9][10][11][12] The contest is hosted by the Danish national broadcaster DR, who have appointed Pernille Gaardbo as executive producer for the 2014 contest.[13] The contest will see the return of Valentina Monetta representing San Marino for a third consecutive year.[14] Portugal will make a return to the contest after taking a year break in 2013.[15] Poland announced their return after a two-year break.[16][17]

Location

B&W Hallerne, located on Refshaleøen Island, Copenhagen, Denmark

On 2 September 2013, Danish public broadcaster DR announced that it had chosen Copenhagen as the host city for the 2014 contest. The contest will be held at the former shipyard Refshaleøen, in the B&W Hallerne, with the social networking hashtag "#JoinUs" as the motto. The location will be remade to accommodate the event, with the surrounding area being transformed into "Eurovision Island" which will house the Press Centre and other amenities.[1]

The mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, declared in late August that the city will contribute to the budget with 40 million (Danish Kroner), he also announced that the aim was to make the Eurovision 2014 into the greenest contest to date since Copenhagen had been elected European Green Capital for 2014.[18]

Bidding phase

Five cities had been considered as host city of the contest, including Herning and Copenhagen, both favourites to be the next host.[19] The Parken Stadium, located in Copenhagen, which hosted the 2001 contest and Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, which hosted the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013 final, were the first venues to join the bidding phase.[9] Later, Fredericia and Aalborg entered the phase with the Messe C and Gigantium venues, respectively.[20][21] The fifth city to join the phase was Horsens, with the venue being the courtyard of the former Horsens State Prison. In the event that Horsens had been chosen to host the contest, the courtyard would have been covered by a permanent glass roof.[22][23]

On 17 June 2013, the municipality executive of Aalborg decided not to bid for hosting the contest due to the city's lack of sufficient hotel capacity. While DR required the host city to have at least 3,000 hotel rooms, the city of Aalborg had only 1,600 hotel rooms, more than half of which had been booked for other events taking place at the same time as the Eurovision Song Contest.[24][25] On 18 June 2013, DR announced that formal bids on hosting the contest had been received by the municipalities of Copenhagen, Herning and Horsens, and that the Municipality of Fredericia had confirmed its intention to place a formal bid, too.[26]

On 19 June 2013, the deadline for placing bids on hosting the contest,[25] it was reported that Wonderful Copenhagen, the official convention, event and visitors bureau of the Greater Copenhagen area, had proposed three different venues in its bid on hosting the contest: The Parken Stadium, a large tent on the grounds of DR Byen and the B&W Hallerne.[27][28] On 25 June 2013, the Municipality of Fredericia announced that the Triangle Region had withdrawn its bid on hosting the contest, due to the lack of a suitable venue. DR required the hosting venue to have no pillars blocking any views and an interior height of at least 16 metres. However, no venues in the region met those requirements and, therefore, Fredericia was no longer in the running for becoming host city of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.[29] On 28 June 2013, Anders Hørsholt, CEO of Parken Sport & Entertainment, stated that the Parken Stadium was no longer in the running for hosting the contest due to several football matches having already been scheduled to take place at the stadium in the weeks leading up to the contest.[30]

Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen location, Copenhagen, is marked in red.
City Venue Capacity Notes
Aalborg Gigantium 8,500 Hosted Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2006, 2010 and 2012. Withdrew on 17 June 2013.[31]
Copenhagen A large tent on the grounds of DR Byen 10-15,000[32]
B&W Hallerne[32] 10,000[32]
Parken Stadium 50,000 Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. Withdrew on 28 June 2013.[30]
Fredericia Messe C 8,000 Withdrew on 26 June 2013.[33]
Herning Jyske Bank Boxen 15,000 Hosted the final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013
Horsens Fængslet 13,000[26]

Format

On 20 September 2013, the EBU released the official rules for the 2014 contest, which introduced rule changes regarding the jury voting.[34] The rules aimed at providing more transparency regarding each five member national jury by releasing the names of all jurors on 1 May 2014 prior to the start of the contest and providing each juror's full ranking results after the conclusion of the contest. In addition, jury members on a particular nation's jury can only serve as a juror if they have not already participated as such in one of the preceding two contest editions.[35] Producers will once again decide the running order for the semi-finals and final, rather than staging a random draw as had occurred prior to 2013.[36]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall.[37] Prior to the allocation draw, on 24 November 2013 it was announced that Norway and Sweden would perform in different semi-finals in order to maximise the availability of tickets for visitors from both countries. A draw at the EBU headquarters determined that Sweden would perform in the first semi-final, while Norway would perform in the second semi-final.[38] The EBU also allocated Israel to the second semi-final after a request from the delegation in order to avoid complications with a national holiday coinciding with the date of the first semi-final.[39] The remaining participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), were split into six pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten years.[40]

The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows:[41]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries

  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries voting in the second semi-final

Thirty-seven countries have confirmed their participation in the 2014 Contest. Eight countries have confirmed that they will not be returning to the contest in Copenhagen, including Andorra,[42] Bosnia and Herzegovina,[43] Czech Republic,[44] Luxembourg,[45] Monaco,[46] Morocco,[47] Slovakia[48] and Turkey.[49] Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT),[50] Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT),[51][52] Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)[53] and Serbian broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS)[54] announced that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest. Portugal return to the contest after their one-year withdrawal from the 2013 contest.[15] Poland will also be returning after last participating in 2011.[16]

Returning artists

Valentina Monetta will represent San Marino for a third and final consecutive year, having previously represented the microstate at the 2012 and 2013 contests.[14] This makes Monetta the fourth main singer to compete in three consecutive contests, following Lys Assia and Corry Brokken, who both competed in the 1956, 1957 and 1958 contests, and Udo Jürgens, who competed in 1964, 1965 and 1966. Paula Seling and Ovi will return as a duo, having previously represented Romania in 2010.[55] The Tolmachevy Sisters, representing Russia, previously participated in and won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006. Macedonian backing vocalist Tamara Todevska previously represented Macedonia in 2008.[56] Lithuanian dancer Šarūnas Kirdeikis represented Lithuania in 2010 as a member of InCulto. Martina Majerle, who represented Slovenia in 2009, will be returning as a backing vocalist for Montenegro.[57]

Semi-final 1

Spain, France, and Denmark will vote in this semi-final.[58] The top 10 countries will qualify to the final.

Draw[59] Country[41] Language Artist[60] Song[60] English translation
01  Armenia English Aram MP3 "Not Alone"
02  Latvia English1 Aarzemnieki "Cake to Bake"
03  Estonia English Tanja "Amazing"
04  Sweden English Sanna Nielsen "Undo"
05  Iceland English Pollapönk "No Prejudice"
06  Albania English Hersi "One Night's Anger"
07  Russia English Tolmachevy Sisters "Shine"
08  Azerbaijan English Dilara Kazimova "Start a Fire"
09  Ukraine English Mariya Yaremchuk "Tick-Tock"
10  Belgium English Axel Hirsoux "Mother"
11  Moldova English Cristina Scarlat "Wild Soul"
12  San Marino English Valentina Monetta "Maybe (Forse)"
13  Portugal Portuguese Suzy "Quero ser tua" I want to be yours
14  Netherlands English The Common Linnets "Calm After the Storm"
15  Montenegro Montenegrin Sergej Ćetković "Moj svijet" (Мој свијет) My world
16  Hungary English András Kállay-Saunders "Running"
1.^ The song is in English; however, there are some phrases in Latvian.[61][62]

Semi-final 2

Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final.[58] The top 10 countries will qualify to the final.

Draw[59] Country[41] Language Artist[63] Song[63] English translation
01  Malta English Firelight "Coming Home"
02  Israel Hebrew, English Mei Finegold "Same Heart"
03  Norway English Carl Espen "Silent Storm"
04  Georgia English The Shin and Mariko "Three Minutes to Earth"
05  Poland Polish, English Donatan & Cleo "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic" Us Slavs - We Are Slavic
06  Austria English Conchita Wurst "Rise Like a Phoenix"
07  Lithuania English Vilija Matačiūnaitė "Attention"
08  Finland English Softengine "Something Better"
09  Ireland English Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith "Heartbeat"
10  Belarus English Teo "Cheesecake"
11  Macedonia English Tijana "To the Sky"
12   Switzerland English Sebalter "Hunter of Stars"
13  Greece English Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd "Rise Up"
14  Slovenia English, Slovene Tinkara Kovač "Round and Round"
15  Romania English Paula Seling & Ovi "Miracle"

Finalists

Draw Country[41] Language Artist[64] Song[64] English translation
23  Denmark (host) English Basim "Cliche Love Song"
 France French2 TWIN TWIN "Moustache"
 Germany English Elaiza "Is It Right"
 Italy Italian Emma "La mia città" My city
 Spain English, Spanish Ruth Lorenzo "Dancing in the Rain"
 United Kingdom English Molly "Children of the Universe"
2.^ The song is in French; however, there is one sentence in English and one sentence in Spanish.

Other countries

  •  Andorra – The Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) informed a Eurovision news website that due to financial reasons and a tight budget, Andorra would not return to the contest in 2014.[42]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina - Despite the Bosnian broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) initially stating their intention to participate in the contest, on 18 December 2013 it was announced that they would not be taking part due to a lack of sponsorship.[43][65]
  •  Bulgaria – Despite initial indications that Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) had planned to participate in the 2014 contest, on 22 November 2013, BNT announced their withdrawal from the competition, citing an expensive participation fee and limited funds due to budget cuts as reasons for this decision.[50][66][67]
  •  Croatia – Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) announced on 19 September 2013 that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest, citing the European financial crisis, as well as a string of poor results between 2010 and 2013 influencing their decision to take a year break. The last time Croatia qualified for the grand final was in 2009.[51]
  •  Cyprus – On 3 October 2013, the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) announced their withdrawal from the 2014 contest, citing public opinion regarding the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis and budget restrictions as factors that influenced this decision.[53]
  •  Czech Republic – The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) confirmed on 30 September 2013, that they would not return to the contest in 2014, citing low viewing figures and poor results as their reason.[44]
  •  Kosovo – While Kosovan broadcaster Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) did not voice any intention regarding the 2014 contest, Kosovo's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Petrit Selimi told the Swedish television programme Korrespondenterna that he thought Kosovo would be granted EBU membership and acceptance into the Eurovision in time for the 2014 edition.[68][69] However, Kosovo has yet to be recognized as an independent country by the International Telecommunications Union, which is a requirement for full membership in the EBU.[70]
  •  Liechtenstein – Broadcaster 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV) had originally intended to participate in the 2013 contest, pending subsidies being sought from the Liechtenstein government in order to join the EBU.[71] However such financial offerings were never granted. The broadcaster at the time had stated that they would try again with the aim to make their debut in 2014.[72] On 10 September 2013, 1FLTV announced that they will not be present at any foreseeable Eurovision Song Contest until such financial support has been granted by the government of Liechtenstein.[73]
  •  Luxembourg – The chief executive officer of RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Alain Berwick, stated that Luxembourg would not return to the contest, citing the potential financial burden of hosting the contest and a lack of public interest as reasons for this decision.[74] The broadcaster further confirmed on 24 July 2013, that Luxembourg would not be participating in the 2014 contest.[45]
  •  Monaco – The Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) informed a Eurovision news website that Monaco would not be returning to the contest in 2014.[46]
  •  Morocco – On 11 September 2013, Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) informed and confirmed to a Eurovision news website that they have not ruled out the possibility of making a comeback in the near future, but currently have no plans to make their return at the 2014 contest.[47]
  •  Serbia – On 22 November 2013, Serbian broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) announced that it would withdraw from the 2014 contest due to financial difficulties and a lack of available sponsorship for a potential Serbian entry.[75]
  •  Slovakia – Slovakian broadcaster Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS) announced through their the official Twitter feed on 1 September 2013 that Slovakia would not participate in the 2014 contest.[76] The non-participation was further confirmed on 9 September 2013.[48]
  •  Turkey – On 14 September 2013, the general director of Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), İbrahim Şahin, stated that there are no plans to return to the contest under the current conditions. Dissatisfaction with the introduction of a mixed jury/televote voting system and the current status of the "Big Five" were once again cited as reasons for this decision.[77] The non-participation was further confirmed on 7 November 2013.[49]

International broadcasts and voting

Voting and spokespersons

Commentators

See also

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