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2015: Final to take place on 23 May!

In an interview with the newspaper Vorarlberger Nachrichten, the general director of the Austrian broadcaster ORF Alexander Wrabetz revealed that the dates for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest have already been decided on – therefore the grand final will take place on 23 May with the respective semi finals being scheduled for 19 and 21 May. However, a decision regarding …

Austria: Conchita Wurst on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier

Almost two months after her victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, the buzz for Conchita Wurst still doesn’t seem to come to an end. Countless concerts, events, interviews and TV appearances have kept her busy during the last few weeks. But now a new facet of Conchita’s career has emerged – modelling! The Eurovision winner has certainly managed to …

2015: Countries can withdraw late without penalty, deadline set

Surprising news from the EBU headquarters – it appears that according to 12points.gr broadcasters have been notified of the deadline for confirming their participation in 2015, and that for the first time should a broadcaster wish to withdraw after these deadlines then no penalty will be imposed on the broadcaster. The EBU has set the deadlines to confirm participation for …

2015: New arena in Vienna?

It’s still being discussed where the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place next year. Previously, three cities have been shortlisted for hosting the event: Vienna, Innsbruck and Graz. We also took a closer look at the candidates. Neu Marx: New hall in Vienna? It seemed like Wiener Stadthalle was eventually the only option left in Vienna. …

Conchita: Eurovision’s new star

Routinely, the Eurovision Song Contest’s winner gets at least a few weeks of exposure and a major hit across the charts of Europe before fading back into silence, perhaps until the next year’s contest or the release of their post-Eurovision album. Granted, in the last few years the winner has gained more and more exposure as the contest’s popularity increases …

Graz vs. Innsbruck vs. Vienna – Candidate cities in the spotlight!

The views expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of ESC United, its editorial board, its readers, or any other person, entity, or organization. We might just be a few weeks away from getting to know where the 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place! While we’re waiting, …

Europe Celebrates Pride with Conchita

Get ready, Europe: the Queen is on her way! Conchita Wurst, the reigning champion of the Eurovision Song Contest, has been incredibly busy since winning Austria’s second Eurovision title in May. In the past week alone, Pride in London, Stockholm Pride, Amsterdam Pride, Dublin Pride, and Shangay Pride in Madrid have all announced that Conchita will be performing at each …

UPDATE: Host city expected to be announced by August

ORF, Austria’s national broadcaster and host of Eurovision 2015, has officially confirmed that the host city for the contest will be announced by August 2014, considerably earlier in the year than DR’s announcement of B&W Hallerne in September 2013. As previously reported by ESC United, three cities are in contention for hosting Europe’s favourite television show; Graz (Stadthalle Graz), Innsbruck …

2015: Vienna, Graz or Innsbruck?

According to the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, three cities have been shortlisted for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Last week ORF announced that bids from 12 different venues had been received. Now it seems that the three cities still in contention for hosting the huge event next year are Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck. While Vienna (with its Wiener Stadthalle and other …

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