Eurovision Song Contest 2015

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Building Bridges
Esc2015logo.png
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]
Presenter(s)
Director Kathrin Zechner
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
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.
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] The shows will be hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer.[8]

So far, thirty-nine countries have confirmed their participation in the contest, with Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning.[9][10][11] However, Ukraine announced their withdrawal from the 2015 Contest due to financial and political reasons.[12][13]

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16][17] ORF requested interested parties to respond until 13 June 2014.[18] 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.[16]

After the deadline ended on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[19] 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.[20][21][22]

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[19] Venue[19] Notes[19]
Candidate cities[20][21][23]
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[20][21]
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[24]
Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[24]
Marx hall
Trabrennbahn Krieau
Wels Messehalle

Format

The competition will consist of two semi-finals and a final, a format which has been in use since 2008. The ten countries with the highest scores in each semi-final will qualify to the final where they will join the host nation Austria and the five main sponsoring nations (known as the Big Five): France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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.[25] 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.[26]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that will determine the semi-final allocation will be held on 26 January 2015.[27]

Graphic design

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] The graphic design of the contest was revealed by the EBU on 25 November 2014.[30] The theme utilises wave-shaped spheres meant to symbolise diversity and the bridging of connections and encounters people experience on a constant basis. The colours of the theme intend to highlight individualism whilst simultaneously also representing the building of musical bridges and the diversity and variety of the artists, songs and audience. The theme art will be incorporated in all contest related developments such as crew uniforms, on-air graphics and merchandise.[30]

Host

Andi Knoll, the Austrian commentator during the contest broadcasts on ORF said in an interview with Kurier that he is interested in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[31] 2014 winner Conchita Wurst expressed an interest in hosting the green room.[32] On 19 December 2014, ORF announced that Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer will be the hosts of the 60th contest, the all-female trio will be the first in history to host the contest. Last year's winner Conchita Wurst was also chosen as host of the green room.[8]

60th anniversary show

The format of a potential 60th anniversary show has not yet been confirmed. Jon Ola Sand has said that it will be something that will properly pay tribute to the anniversary of the contest.[33]

It was reported 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.[34][35] In response to the release of these details, the EBU commented that it is currently evaluating several proposals from member broadcasters in regards to the celebration of the 60th anniversary beyond the contest in May.[36]

Provisional list of 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 had until 10 October 2014 to withdraw from participation without financial consequences.[37]

Returning artists

Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini previously represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Perniola took part in 2013, whilst Simoncini took part in 2014 as part of the girl group, The Peppermints.[38] Perniola was also the spokesperson for the votes of San Marino at the 2014 contest. Amber Bondin represented Malta as a backing singer for Kurt Calleja singing "This Is the Night" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

Semi-finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
 Albania[39] TBD 28 December 2014[40] TBD 28 December 2014[40]
 Armenia[41]
 Azerbaijan[42]
 Belarus[43] TBD 26 December 2014[40] TBD 26 December 2014[40]
 Belgium[44] Loïc Nottet[45]
 Cyprus[9] TBD 1 February 2015[40] TBD 1 February 2015[40]
 Czech Republic[10]
 Denmark[46] TBD 7 February 2015[40] TBD 7 February 2015[40]
 Estonia[47] TBD 21 February 2015[40] TBD 21 February 2015[40]
 Finland[48] TBD March 2015[49] TBD March 2015[49]
 Georgia[50] TBD 14 January 2015[40] TBD 14 January 2015[40]
 Greece[51]
 Hungary[52] TBD 28 February 2015[40] TBD 28 February 2015[40]
 Iceland[53] TBD 14 February 2015[40] TBD 14 February 2015[40]
 Ireland[54]
 Israel[55]
 Latvia[56] TBD 22 February 2015[40] TBD 22 February 2015[40]
 Lithuania[57] TBD 21 February 2015[40] TBD 14 February 2015[40]
 Macedonia[58] Macedonian Daniel Kajmakoski[59] "Lisja esenski"[59] Autumn leaves
 Malta[60] English Amber "Warrior"[a]
 Moldova[61] TBD 28 February 2015[40] TBD 28 February 2015[40]
 Montenegro[62] Knez[63]
 Netherlands[64] English Trijntje Oosterhuis[65] "Walk Along"[66]
 Norway[67] TBD 14 March 2015[40] TBD 14 March 2015[40]
 Poland[68]
 Portugal[69]
 Romania[70]
 Russia[71][72]
 San Marino[73] Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini[38]
 Serbia[11] TBD February 2015[74] TBD February 2015[74]
 Slovenia[75]
 Sweden[76] TBD 14 March 2015[40] TBD 14 March 2015[40]
 Switzerland[77] English TBD 31 January 2015[40] TBD 31 January 2015[40]

Finalists

Country Language Artist Song English translation
 Austria (host)[78] TBD 13 March 2015[40] TBD 13 March 2015[40]
 France[79][80]
 Germany[81] TBD 5 March 2015[82] TBD 5 March 2015[82]
 Italy[83] TBD 14 February 2015[84] TBD 14 February 2015[84]
 Spain[85] TBD December 2014[86]
 United Kingdom[87]

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).[88] The EBU have issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.[88] 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.[89]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina - Bosnia and Herzegovina had submitted a provisional application to participate in the 2015 Contest,[90] whilst they determined how to fund the participation fees.[91] This application was subject to change and participation could subsequently be withdrawn.[92] On 17 November the Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) announced that they had withdrawn their application to participate at the forthcoming contest due to financial reasons.[93]
  •  Bulgaria – Despite sending a preliminary application to participate,[94] on 10 October 2014 the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT announced that it won't return to the contest due to financial reasons.[95] On 31 October 2014 BNT confirmed that they had not yet taken a final decision on participation at the 2015 contest, and that the EBU had given them extra time to resolve outstanding budget issues.[96] However on 18 December 2014 BNT confirmed via their official Eurovision Twitter account that they would not take part in the 2015 Contest.[97]
  •  Croatia – Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed that Croatia would not participate in the 2015 contest.[98]
  •  LebanonTélé Liban confirmed that Lebanon would not be making their début in Vienna.[99] Lebanon were initially going to make their début at the 2005 contest, but they pulled out prior to the contest.[100]
  •  Luxembourg – On 31 July 2014, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[101] However, it was reported on 26 October 2014 that the country's Minister of Culture, Maggy Nagel, expressed her desire for the country to return to the contest.[102][103][104] This was later confirmed by Nagel to be a "misunderstanding" and that the country would not be returning.[105] A collaboration with San Marino had been proposed by the broadcaster SMRTV and singer Thierry Mersch,[106][107] but later SMRTV clarified that there have only been talks between the two countries and the broadcaster is evaluating other proposals.[108] However, on 24 November 2014, it was announced that Mersch had failed to raise the necessary funds in time for the project to move forward.[109]
  •  Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[110]
  •  Morocco – Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed that Morocco would not return to the contest in 2015.[111]
  •  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.[112][113]
  •  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.[114][115] 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.[116][117] The non-participation was further confirmed on 5 September 2014.[118]
  •  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.[12][13] 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.[119]

Require active EBU membership

  •  Liechtenstein – The Liechtenstein broadcaster 1FLTV has suspended plans to join the EBU due to lack of funding.[120]

International broadcasts and voting

Commentators

Notes and references

Notes

  1. ^ Maltese broadcaster, PBS announced changes to the rules and regulations for the competition and has allowed for the artist, author and composer of the winning entry to change parts of the winning song or select a new song entirely.[122] As a result, Amber's winning song, "Warrior", may not be the entry to be performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, and could subsequently change either partially or to an entirely different song altogether.[123]

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See also:

ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 | ABU TV Song Festival 2015 | Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 | Intervision Song Contest 2015 | Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 | Türkvizyon Song Contest 2015 |