Eurovision Song Contest 2015

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Eurovision Song Contest 2015 logo.svg
Dates
Semi-final 1 date 19 May 2015
Semi-final 2 date 21 May 2015
Final date 23 May 2015
Host
Venue Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria[1]
Executive producer Edgar Böhm
Host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Participants
Number of entries 26 (to date)
Returning countries  Cyprus
Eurovision Song Contest
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's victory in the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix".[1][2] It was announced during the meeting of the Head of Delegations in 2014 that the dates for the two semi-finals are 12 May and 14 May 2015, with the final planned for the evening of 16 May 2015.[3][4][5] Those dates were then changed. The semi-finals will be held on 19 and 21 May 2015 and the final on 23 May.[6] This will be the second time Austria is hosting the contest, the first time being in 1967. During a follow-up meeting between the host broadcaster ORF and the EBU, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Edgar Böhm, who is the Head of Entertainment at ORF, was announced as being the executive producer.[7]

So far, twenty-six countries have confirmed their participation on the contest, Cyprus returning after a a one year absence.[8]

Location

For more details on the host country, see Austria.

Bidding phase

After Austria's victory in the 2014 Contest, their delegation revealed the possibility of hosting the contest either in the capital city, Vienna, or in Salzburg.[1] Vienna, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Lower Austria, Graz, Upper Austria, Burgenland, and Vorarlberg were all reportedly interested in hosting the contest while Salzburg pulled out of the bidding phase as the city was not able to meet the cost of the venue and promotion.[9]

Vienna, the capital city and the considered front-runner in the race, has two venues in the phase: the Wiener Stadthalle which hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament, along with many concerts and events throughout the year, and the trade fair centre, Messe Wien. These venues have capacities of up to 16,000 and 30,000 respectively. Also in the race are Stadthalle Graz and Schwarzl Freizeit Zentrum, both located in the second largest city of Austria, Graz. With a maximum capacity of 30,000, the Wörthersee Stadion, located in Klagenfurt, also joined the race of hosting the contest. However, the stadium would require the construction of a roof for the contest to be hosted there. Innsbruck also joined the race with Olympiahalle, the venue which hosted ice hockey and figure skating at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A fifth city, Linz, joined the race for hosting the contest with Brucknerhaus, although the venue is not big enough for the contest. Being geographically close to Linz, Wels showed desire to host the event as well.[10] Oberwart, with the Exhibition hall and Vorarlberg, with the Vorarlberger Landestheater were the latest cities to declare an interest.

On 29 May 2014, host broadcaster for the 2015 contest ORF and the EBU released some requirements and details about the venue.[11][12] ORF requested interested parties to respond until 13 June 2014.[13] They stated that the venue needs to be available for at least 6 to 7 weeks before the contest and one week after the conclusion of the contest. The chosen venue must not be open-air, but an air-conditioned building with a capacity of at least 10,000 and a minimum ceiling height of 15 meters, that is insulated for sound and light. The Green Room should be located in the arena or as near it as possible, with a capacity of 300. An additional room that is at least 6,000 m2 that will house 2 catering stands, a viewing room, make-up rooms, wardrobe, and booths for approximately 50 commentators. Separate offices that must be open between 11 and 24 May 2015, that are at least 4,000 m2 in space to house the press centre, with a capacity for at least 1,500 journalists.[11]

After the deadline ended on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[14] ORF announced on 21 June 2014, that 3 cities (Vienna, Innsbruck, and Graz) had been short-listed in the final stage of the bidding process. The chosen city was to be announced before August 2014.[15][16][17]

On 6 August 2014, it was announced that Vienna had been chosen as the host city for the 2015 contest. It will be hosted in Wiener Stadthalle.

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Locations of the candidate cities. The chosen host city is marked in red. The cities marked in orange were short-listed cities in the final bidding stage.
City[14] Venue[14] Notes[14]
Candidate cities[15][16][18]
Graz Stadthalle Graz Hosted the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship.
Innsbruck Olympiaworld Hosted the figure skating and ice hockey events at both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games.
Vienna Wiener Stadthalle, Hall D Hosts the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament and many events throughout the year.
Failed bids[15][16]
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[19]
Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[19]
Marx hall
Trabrennbahn Krieau
Wels Messehalle

Format

The format of the 60th contest has not yet been confirmed. However, Jon Ola Sand has said that it will be something that will properly pay tribute to the anniversary of the contest.[20] On 10 July, the EBU announced that the deadline for countries to confirm their participation will change from mid-December to mid-October. The EBU and ORF decided to change the deadline due to the anniversary.[21]

In late 2011, it was announced by the EBU that they had begun archiving all the contests since 1956 with the results expected before the 2015 Contest.[22] It was later reported that the archive is ready and will be released on the 60th anniversary. The content will be available to journalists in broadcast-ready formats. Additionally, "selected content" of the archive will be accessible to the public through the official Eurovision website.[23]

On 31 July, the EBU released a new and revamped version of the generic logo as a celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest's 60th anniversary.[24] It has been reported that the slogan and theme for this year's contest will be revealed in late August 2014.[25]

Host

Andi Knoll, the Song Contest commentator for the Austrian broadcaster ORF, said in an interview with the Kurier that he is interested in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.Conchita Wurst stated in a interview that she is interested in hosting the green room, as reported by eurovision.tv.

Confirmed participants

The following is a list of countries whose broadcasters have indicated their intention to participate in the 2015 Contest. The EBU has yet to release a full list of confirmed participants.

Semi-finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
 Armenia[26]
 Belarus[27][28]
 Belgium[29]
 Cyprus[8] TBD January 2015[30] TBD January 2015[30]
 Denmark[31] TBD 7 February 2015[32] TBD 7 February 2015[32]
 Estonia[33]
 Finland[34][35][36]
 Georgia[37] TBD September 2014[37] TBD September 2014[37]
 Greece[38]
 Hungary[26]
 Iceland[39]
 Ireland[40][41]
 Lithuania[42]
 Macedonia[43][44] TBD 13 November 2014[43] TBD 13 November 2014[43]
 Malta[45] TBD 22 November 2014[46] TBD 22 November 2014[46]
 Montenegro[47]
 Netherlands[48]
 Norway[49]
 Portugal[50][51]
 Russia[52][53]
 Sweden[54]
 Switzerland[55] TBD 31 January 2015[56] TBD 31 January 2015[56]

Finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
 Austria (host)[57]
 France[58]
 Germany[59][60]
 United Kingdom[26]

Other countries

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[61] The EBU have issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.[61] So far twenty-six countries have confirmed their participation. Whilst a decision from the remaining invited EBU Active Members has yet to be announced, the following list of countries have announced their decisions.

Active EBU Members

Not participating

  •  Andorra – Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) confirmed that Andorra would not return to the contest in 2015.[62]
  •  Czech Republic – Czech broadcaster Česká Televize (ČT) confirmed that the Czech Republic would not return to the contest in 2015.[63]
  •  LuxembourgRTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[64]
  •  Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[65]
  •  SlovakiaRadio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) announced that Slovakia would not return to the contest in 2015 due to financial restrictions and an incompatibility between the contest format and the programming goals of the broadcaster.[66][67]
  •  Turkey – Though TRT announced that Turkey would not be participating in the 2014 Contest for the second year in-a-row, it was later reported that a return in the 2015 Contest could be possible with Eurovision event supervisor Sietse Bakker tweeting about the possibility of the country's return.[68][69] In late August 2014, it was reported that international public relations officer for TRT, Yağmur Tüzün, stated that Turkey would not be returning to the contest in 2015 and that TRT currently has no plans to return to the competition.[70][71]

Participation or withdrawal to be confirmed

  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnian broadcaster BHRT stated that it has yet to make a decision regarding participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew from the contest in 2013 due to financial difficulties.[72]
  •  Bulgaria – After withdrawing from the contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties, Bulgarian broadcaster BNT stated that future participation would not be ruled out.[73]
  •  Israel – Israel's participation in the 2015 Contest is uncertain after the Israeli government voted to shut down state broadcaster IBA and establish a new broadcaster in March 2015.[74] Şalom, a Jewish newspaper from Turkey stated that Yaakov Neve, who is a member of the Israeli Eurovision delegation, said that Israel will withdraw from the 2015 edition due to the failure to qualify for the finals since 2010.[75]
  •  Italy – Although RAI has yet to confirm its official participation in the 2015 contest,[76] the broadcaster's official Eurovision Song Contest Facebook page reported: "Si va a Vienna 2015!" ("Let's go to Vienna 2015!").[77]
  •  Latvia - On 21 August 2014, LTV, the Latvian national broadcaster confirmed to ESCToday.com that Latvia will most likely participate in 2015 contest. An official confirmation is yet to be made by the broadcaster.[78]
  •  Romania – It has been reported that the Romanian broadcaster TVR may be facing financial difficulty and that participation in 2015 is in danger.[79]
  •  Serbia – After withdrawing from the 2014 Contest due financial difficulties, head of press at RTS, Duška Vučinić, stated on 7 April 2014 that RTS hope to send a representative in 2015 and continue Serbia's participation in the contest.[80]
  •  Spain – Although RTVE has yet to confirm its official participation in the 2015 contest, the Spanish broadcaster composed a tweet stating that the dates for Eurovision 2015 were finalised and that everyone should mark the dates in their diaries.[81]

Require active EBU membership

See also

References

Notes
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