It was the first Eurovision to be broadcast in the 16:9 widescreen format. It was also the first Eurovision Song Contest where a DVD of the contest would be released. It was decided that the country that won the contest would not necessarily host the next contest, in order to reduce the pressure on the contestants.
Slovakian broadcaster Slovenská televízia (STV) and German broadcaster ARD expressed an interest in joining this contest and were included in a draw for the chance of participating in the programme (though the results of this draw later became redundant).
The half time entertainment was provided by two acts from the UK. Busted performed "Crashed the Wedding" but Charlie Simpson was absent due to illness. However, the following day he was present for a radio interview in the UK where it was implied by both himself, and the other band members, that this was in fact a lie The real reason for his absence was that he hated Eurovision. The Sugababes performed "Hole in the Head".