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Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Building Bridges
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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
Presenter(s)
Director Kathrin Zechner
Executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand
Executive producer Edgar Böhm
Host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Participants
Number of entries 40
Debuting countries  Australia (guest)
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 edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's victory in the 2014 edition with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix". This will be the second time that Austria will host the contest after holding its 1967 edition also in Vienna. The contest will consist of two semi-finals which will take place on 19 and 21 May, and a final on 23 May 2015. The shows will be presented by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer while the previous winner, Conchita Wurst, will host the green room.

Forty countries will participate in the contest, with Australia debuting as a guest entrant, and Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia returning. Ukraine, however, announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons.

Location

For more details on the host country, see Austria.
The venue of the contest, Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna

On 6 August 2014, Austrian public broadcaster ORF announced that it had chosen Vienna as the host city for the 2015 contest. The contest will be held at the Wiener Stadthalle, which has an overall capacity of approximately 16,000 people.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Vienna, the capital city and the considered front-runner in the race, had 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 were 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.[4] 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.[5][6] ORF requested interested parties to respond until 13 June 2014.[7] 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 metres, 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.[5]

After the deadline ended on 13 June 2014, ORF announced 12 venues interested in hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:[8] 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.[9][10][11] The contest was provisionally set to take place on 12, 14 and 16 May 2015, however, the dates were later pushed back a week in order to accommodate the candidate cities.[12]

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[8] Venue[8] Notes[8]
Candidate cities[9][10][13]
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[9][10]
Klagenfurt Wörthersee Stadion Served as host for some matches of UEFA Euro 2008.
Oberwart Messezentrum
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna International Airport, Parking C[14]
Heldenplatz
New All-round Concert Hall in Neu Marx[14]
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, the five main sponsoring nations (known as the Big Five): France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and Australia which was invited this year to commemorate the Contest's 60th anniversary.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw that determined the semi-final allocation was held on 26 January 2015 at the Vienna Rathaus and hosted by Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitsch.[18] The participating countries, excluding the automatic finalists (hosts Austria, the Big Five and Australia), were split into five pots, based on voting patterns from the previous ten years. The pots were calculated by the televoting partner Digame and were as follows:[19]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Running order

The final running order of the competing performances at the semi-finals and the final will be decided by the producers of the show and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor and the Reference Group, as had been done since the 2013 Contest, and in contrast to a draw system for the contest's editions up until 2012. The running order of the semi-finals was revealed on 23 March 2015. It was decided that Moldova will open the First semi-final and Lithuania the Second. The running order of the Final will be known after the announcement of all the finalists.[20]

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.[21] 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."[22] One way of realising the slogan will be introduced in the beginning of the contest's final, as the competing artists will enter the arena via a structure which simulates a "magic bridge" of light.[23] The graphic design of the contest was revealed by the EBU on 25 November 2014.[24] 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.[24]

The postcards of this year's contest also witness the slogan "Building Bridges". In the postcards, each of the clips start with every contestant receiving an invitation to Austria in their home country. More specifically, the invitation is to a region in the host country with all nine Austrian provinces taking part. The story continues with the contestants making their way through one of the provinces where they have an individual task to fulfil to the host city of Vienna. The tasks on the journeys vary from culture to sports, from economics to science and tradition to modern.[25]

Presenters

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.[26]

National host broadcaster

During an initial meeting between the host broadcaster ORF and the EBU in late May 2014, the representatives of the core organising team were selected. Edgar Böhm, who is the Head of Entertainment at ORF, was announced as the executive producer.[27]

Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits

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. At the time of the announcement, the format of the potential 60th anniversary show had not been confirmed. Although it had been confirmed that the event would take place in the Royal Albert Hall, in London; and co-hosted by the British commentator for Eurovision, Graham Norton, and the host of Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Petra Mede.[28][29] In response to the release of these details, Jon Ola Sand of the EBU commented that they were evaluating several proposals from member broadcasters in regards to the celebration of the 60th anniversary beyond the contest in May.[30][31]

Edgar Böhm, the executive producer of the 2015 contest, had confirmed that the BBC would be producing the 60th anniversary show for the Eurovision Song Contest.[32][33] An officially announced was released on 3 February 2015, confirming that BBC will host a special 60th anniversary show on 31 March 2015, at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London.[34] Norton and Mede were also confirmed as co-hosts for the event which will be televised across Europe on various dates schedule by the respective broadcasters. Tickets would go on sale from 6 February 2015, with fifteen acts from thirteen countries having been confirmed in the official line-up.[35][36]

Participants

  Countries in the first semi-final
  Countries also voting in the first semi-final
  Countries in the second semi-final
  Countries also voting in the second semi-final
  Country voting in both semi-finals (Australia)

On 23 December 2014, it was announced that thirty-nine countries will participate in the 2015 Contest.[37] Cyprus and Serbia will return after one-year absences, Czech Republic will return after a five-year absence, while Ukraine has withdrawn.[37] 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.[38]

Invitation of Australia

On 10 February 2015, the EBU announced that it had invited Australia to participate in the finals of the contest, represented by SBS—a long-time broadcaster of the ESC in the country. The special circumstances surrounding Australia's entry and "to not reduce the chances" of the semi-final participants have led the organisers to allow Australia to compete directly in the grand final without pre-qualification. Its participation will be a one-off event in honour of the contest's 60-year anniversary, and Eurovision's cult following in Australia; if Australia wins, it will be able to return for the 2016 edition—which would be organised by SBS but held in a European host city of its choice. The EBU has considered the possibility of similarly inviting outside countries to participate in future editions of the contest. Australia's participation will bring the number of the finalists up to 27. This will be the highest number of entries in a final in the contest's history.[15][39] It will be the first time that a country in the Oceania region will be participating in the contest.[15]

Returning artists

Inga Arshakyan, who is part of Genealogy in 2015, represented Armenia last time in 2009 collaborating with her sister as part of Inga and Anush.[40] Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini both previously represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Perniola took part in 2013, and Simoncini took part in 2014 as part of the girl group, The Peppermints.[41] Amber, who will represent Malta, was a backing vocalist for the Maltese entry in 2012. Uzari, who will represent Belarus, was a backing vocalist for the Belarusian entry in 2011.[42] Elnur Hüseynov, who was Azerbaijan's début representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, as part of the duo Elnur and Samir, was internally selected to represent the nation for a second time.[43]

Semi-final 1

16 countries will take part in this semi final. Australia,[44] Austria, France and Spain will vote in this semi final.[45]

Draw[20] Country[46] Language Artist[46] Song[46] English translation
01  Moldova English Eduard Romanyuta "I Want Your Love"
02  Armenia English Genealogy "Face the Shadow"
03  Belgium English Loïc Nottet "Rhythm Inside"
04  Netherlands English Trijntje Oosterhuis "Walk Along"
05  Finland Finnish Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät "Aina mun pitää" I always have to
06  Greece English Maria Elena Kyriakou "One Last Breath"
07  Estonia English Elina Born & Stig Rästa "Goodbye to Yesterday"
08  Macedonia English Daniel Kajmakoski "Autumn Leaves"
09  Serbia English Bojana Stamenov "Beauty Never Lies"[47]
10  Hungary English Boggie "Wars for Nothing"
11  Belarus English Uzari & Maimuna "Time"
12  Russia English Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices"
13  Denmark English Anti Social Media "The Way You Are"
14  Albania English Elhaida Dani "I'm Alive"
15  Romania Romanian, English Voltaj "De la capăt (All over Again)" From the beginning (All over Again)
16  Georgia English Nina Sublatti "Warrior"

Semi-final 2

17 countries will take part in this semi final. Australia,[44] Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi final.[45]

Draw[20] Country[48] Language Artist[48] Song[48] English translation
01  Lithuania English Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila "This Time"
02  Ireland English Molly Sterling "Playing with Numbers"
03  San Marino English Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini "Chain of Lights"
04  Montenegro Montenegrin Knez "Adio" Goodbye
05  Malta English Amber "Warrior"
06  Norway English Mørland & Debrah Scarlett "A Monster Like Me"
07  Portugal Portuguese Leonor Andrade "Há um mar que nos separa" There's a sea that separates us
08  Czech Republic English Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta "Hope Never Dies"
09  Israel English Nadav Guedj "Golden Boy"
10  Latvia English Aminata "Love Injected"
11  Azerbaijan English Elnur Hüseynov "Hour of the Wolf"
12  Iceland English María Ólafs "Unbroken"
13  Sweden English Måns Zelmerlöw "Heroes"
14   Switzerland English Mélanie René "Time to Shine"
15  Cyprus English John Karayiannis "One Thing I Should Have Done"
16  Slovenia English Maraaya "Here for You"
17  Poland English Monika Kuszyńska "In the Name of Love"

Finalists

Draw Country[49] Language Artist[49] Song[49] English translation
14[50]  Austria English The Makemakes "I Am Yours"
 Australia English Guy Sebastian "Tonight Again"
 France French Lisa Angell "N'oubliez pas" Don't forget
 Germany English Ann Sophie "Black Smoke"
 Italy Italian Il Volo "Grande amore" Great love
 Spain Spanish Edurne "Amanecer" Dawn
 United Kingdom English Electro Velvet "Still in Love with You"

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).[51] The EBU issued an invitation of participation for the 2015 Contest to all 56 active members.[51] Thirty-nine countries confirmed their participation,[37] whilst the following list of countries declined stating their reasons as shown below.

Active EBU Members

  •  Andorra – Andorran broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) confirmed that Andorra would not return to the contest in 2015.[52]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – The Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT), had submitted a provisional application to participate in the 2015 Contest,[53] whilst they determined how to fund the participation fees.[54] This application was subject to change and participation could subsequently be withdrawn.[55] On 17 November 2014, the broadcaster announced that they had withdrawn their application to participate at the forthcoming contest due to financial reasons.[56]
  •  Bulgaria – Despite sending a preliminary application to participate,[57] on 10 October 2014 the Bulgarian broadcaster BNT announced that it would not return to the contest due to financial reasons.[58] 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.[59] However on 18 December 2014 BNT confirmed via their official Eurovision Twitter account that they would not take part in the 2015 Contest.[60]
  •  Croatia – Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed that Croatia would not participate in the 2015 contest.[61]
  •  LebanonTélé Liban confirmed that Lebanon would not be making their début in Vienna.[62] Lebanon were initially going to make their début at the 2005 contest, but they pulled out prior to the contest.[63]
  •  Luxembourg – On 31 July 2014, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg confirmed that Luxembourg would not be returning to the contest in 2015.[64] 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.[65][66][67] This was later confirmed by Nagel to be a "misunderstanding" and that the country would not be returning.[68] A collaboration with San Marino had been proposed by the broadcaster SMRTV and singer Thierry Mersch,[69][70] but later SMRTV clarified that there have only been talks between the two countries and the broadcaster is evaluating other proposals.[71] 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.[72]
  •  Monaco – Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) confirmed that Monaco would not return to the contest in 2015.[73]
  •  Morocco – Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) confirmed that Morocco would not return to the contest in 2015.[74]
  •  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.[75]
  •  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.[76][77] 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.[78][79] The non-participation was further confirmed on 5 September 2014.[80] It was later announced on 6 February 2015, that Turkey would return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[81]
  •  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.[82][83]

Require active EBU membership

  •  Liechtenstein – The Liechtenstein broadcaster 1FLTV has suspended plans to join the EBU due to lack of funding.[84]

International broadcasts and voting

Spokespersons

Commentators

Official album

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
Compilation album by Eurovision Song Contest
Released 20 April 2015
Genre Pop
Label Universal
Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Eurovision Song Contest: Copenhagen 2014
(2014)
Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015
(2015)
TBA
(2016)

Eurovision Song Contest: Vienna 2015 will be the official compilation album of the 2015 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and will be released by Universal Music Group on 20 April 2015. The album will feature all 40 songs that entered in the 2015 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.[101]

CD 1
No. Title Artist Length
1. "I'm Alive" (Albania) Elhaida Dani  
2. "Face the Shadow" (Armenia) Genealogy  
3. "I Am Yours" (Austria) The Makemakes  
4. "Tonight Again" (Australia) Guy Sebastian  
5. "Hour of the Wolf" (Azerbaijan) Elnur Hüseynov  
6. "Rhythm Inside" (Belgium) Loïc Nottet  
7. "Time" (Belarus) Uzari & Maimuna  
8. "Time to Shine" (Switzerland) Mélanie René  
9. "One Thing I Should Have Done" (Cyprus) John Karayiannis  
10. "Hope Never Dies" (Czech Republic) Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta  
11. "Black Smoke" (Germany) Ann Sophie  
12. "The Way You Are" (Denmark) Anti Social Media  
13. "Goodbye to Yesterday" (Estonia) Elina Born & Stig Rästa  
14. "Amanecer" (Spain) Edurne  
15. "Aina mun pitää" (Finland) Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät  
16. "N'oubliez pas" (France) Lisa Angell  
17. "Still in Love with You" (United Kingdom) Electro Velvet  
18. "Warrior" (Georgia) Nina Sublatti  
19. "One Last Breath" (Greece) Maria Elena Kyriakou  
20. "Wars for Nothing" (Hungary) Boggie  
CD 2
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Playing with Numbers" (Ireland) Molly Sterling  
2. "Golden Boy" (Israel) Nadav Guedj  
3. "Unbroken" (Iceland) María Ólafs  
4. "Grande amore" (Italy) Il Volo  
5. "This Time" (Lithuania) Monika Linkytė & Vaidas Baumila  
6. "Love Injected" (Latvia) Aminata  
7. "I Want Your Love" (Moldova) Eduard Romanyuta  
8. "Adio" (Montenegro) Knez  
9. "Autumn Leaves" (Macedonia) Daniel Kajmakoski  
10. "Warrior" (Malta) Amber  
11. "Walk Along" (Netherlands) Trijntje Oosterhuis  
12. "A Monster Like Me" (Norway) Mørland & Debrah Scarlett  
13. "In the Name of Love" (Poland) Monika Kuszyńska  
14. "Há um mar que nos separa" (Portugal) Leonor Andrade  
15. "De la capăt (All over Again)" (Romania) Voltaj  
16. "Beauty Never Lies" (Serbia) Bojana Stamenov  
17. "A Million Voices" (Russia) Polina Gagarina  
18. "Heroes" (Sweden) Måns Zelmerlöw  
19. "Here for You" (Slovenia) Maraaya  
20. "Chain of Lights" (San Marino) Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini  

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See also:

ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 | ABU TV Song Festival 2015 | Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits | Eurovision Young Dancers 2015 | Intervision Song Contest 2015 | Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 | Türkvizyon Song Contest 2015 |