Eurovision Song Contest 2015

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Building Bridges
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 39 (to date)
Returning countries
Withdrawing countries
Vote
Voting system Each country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
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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, thirty-nine countries have confirmed their participation in the contest, with Bosnia and Herzegovina returning after a two-year absence,[8] alongside Cyprus and Serbia, returning after one-year absences.[9][10] Also Ukraine announced their withdrawal from the 2015 Contest due to financial and political reasons.[11][12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16] ORF requested interested parties to respond until 13 June 2014.[17] 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.[15]

After the deadline ended on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[18] 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.[19][20][21]

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.

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[18] Venue[18] Notes[18]
Candidate cities[19][20][22]
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[19][20]
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[23]
Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[23]
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.[24] 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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28] On 11 September 2014, the slogan for the 2015 Contest was revealed to be "Building Bridges". The Director General of ORF, Alexander Wrabetz, commented in reference to the slogan: "With the song contest in Vienna, we want music to build bridges across borders, cultures and languages. In light of the unifying power of this great common European event, we invite all to build bridges and to join hands."[29]

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.[30] Conchita Wurst stated in an interview that she is interested in hosting the green room, as reported by eurovision.tv.[31]

60th anniversary show

It was announced on 22 October 2014, that the EBU had agreed with the United Kingdom's broadcaster, BBC, to produce a special anniversary show to celebrate sixty-years of the Eurovision Song Contest; similar to the show Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in 2005. Details of the title and dates of the show are yet to be determined. Although it has been confirmed that the event will take place in the Royal Albert Hall, in London; and will be hosted by the British commentator for Eurovision, Graham Norton, and the host of Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Petra Mede.[32][33]

Confirmed participants

The following is a complete list of countries whose broadcasters have indicated their intention to participate in the 2015 Contest. The deadline to apply to participate was on 15 September 2014. Countries that applied have until 10 October 2014 to withdraw from participation without financial consequences.[34]

Semi-finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
 Albania[35] TBD 28 December 2014[35] TBD 28 December 2014[35]
 Armenia[36]
 Azerbaijan[37]
 Belarus[38]
 Belgium[39]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina[8][40] Hari Mata Hari[41]
 Cyprus[9] TBD 1 February 2015[42] TBD 1 February 2015[42]
 Denmark[43] TBD 7 February 2015[44] TBD 7 February 2015[44]
 Estonia[45] TBD 21 February 2015[46] TBD 21 February 2015[46]
 Finland[47] TBD March 2015[48] TBD March 2015[48]
 Georgia[49]
 Greece[50]
 Hungary[51]
 Iceland[52]
 Ireland[53]
 Israel[54]
 Latvia[55]
 Lithuania[56]
 Macedonia[57] TBD 12 November 2014[57][58] TBD 12 November 2014[57][58]
 Malta[59] TBD 22 November 2014[60] TBD 22 November 2014[60]
 Moldova[61] TBD 28 February 2015[62] TBD 28 February 2015[62]
 Montenegro[63]
 Netherlands[64]
 Norway[65]
 Poland[66]
 Portugal[67]
 Romania[68]
 Russia[69][70]
 San Marino[71]
 Serbia[10]
 Slovenia[72]
 Sweden[73] TBD 14 March 2015[74] TBD 14 March 2015[74]
 Switzerland[75] TBD 31 January 2015[76] TBD 31 January 2015[76]

Finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
 Austria (host)[77]
 France[78][79]
 Germany[80] TBD 5 March 2015[81] TBD 5 March 2015[81]
 Italy[82] TBD 14 February 2015[83] TBD 14 February 2015[83]
 Spain[84]
 United Kingdom[85]

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).[86] The EBU have issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.[86] So far thirty-nine 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

  •  Andorra – Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) confirmed that Andorra would not return to the contest in 2015.[87]
  •  Bulgaria - Despite sending a preliminary application to participate,[88] on 10 October 2014 the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT announced that it won't return to the contest due to financial reasons.[89]
  •  Croatia - Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed that Croatia would not participate in the 2015 contest.[90]
  •  Czech Republic – Czech broadcaster Česká Televize (ČT) confirmed that the Czech Republic would not return to the contest in 2015.[91]
  •  LebanonTélé Liban confirmed that Lebanon would not be making their début in Vienna.[92] Lebanon were initially going to make their début at the 2005 contest, but they pulled out prior to the contest.[93]
  •  LuxembourgRTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[94]
  •  Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[95]
  •  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.[96][97]
  •  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.[98][99] 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.[100][101] The non-participation was further confirmed on 5 September 2014.[102]
  •  Ukraine – Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) announced on 19 September 2014 that the country would not be participating in the contest due to financial reasons and the ongoing armed conflict in the country.[11][12] On 20 September 2014, Ukrainian music producer Timofey Nagorny announced that he would be willing to fund and arrange a Ukrainian entry if NTU decided to reverse their decision.[103]

Require active EBU membership

  •  Liechtenstein – The Liechtenstein broadcaster 1FLTV has suspended plans to join the EBU due to lack of funding.[104]

See also

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