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Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:25

Eurovision 2012: Dates for Eurovision 2013 Revealed

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It has become somewhat of a tradition that the European Broadcasting Union host a special press conference, the day following the first semi-final and that was seemingly upheld actually with Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor; Sietse Bakker, the Event Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser; the new Media Director and also Adil Kermu who is representing the host broadcaster, Ictimai. The main revelation made is that the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be staged on Tuesday 14th May, Thursday 16th May and the final being on Saturday 18th May 2013.

The press conference dealt with a number of issues this year but ultimately proved that mostly the result was positive last night. The fact that Azerbaijan had to build a brand new venue was intriguing and it was finished just a couple of weeks ago. The tele-voting returned back to the fifteen minute slot as people were still voting during the recaps. The sound and the visuals came across well but then again there was an issue with the Romanian performance even though, Mandinga still managed to qualify with their song Zaleilah. The voting was very diverse in terms of how it came about and whilst both the jury and the viewers at home agreed on eight countries, they did not agree on the final two, one which qualified by merit of the tele-voting and one which made it through because of an astonishing jury placing. 
There was a lot of buzz on social media last night with five trending topics about the Eurovision Song Contest all night and some half a million followers on Facebook. The European Broadcasting Union is also working on an archive project of each edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and the first phase is to be completely very soon. The use of this will be made most likely in 2015 when the competition will be reaching it's sixtieth (60th) anniverary. Discussions with various broadcasters are currently taking place over how a special show could be organized. One other interesting thing is that future contests might be organized on a more smaller scale than they are at the moment in order for each country to be given the chance to host with schedules shortened to have room for economic space as well.
Last modified on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:26