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Turkey to demolish Eurovision 2004 arena

The Turkish basketball federation delivered some news over the weekend that will bring a touch of sadness the Eurovision fans; the Abdi İpekçi Sports Hall that hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 is set to make way for a new, more modern development after 29 years of service to the people of Istanbul. The arena, one of the largest …

Portugal: RTP confirms Lisbon as 2018 host city

Fans of the contest who were around for the bidding process for the 2017 contest, which eventually went to Kyiv, noted that it was a long, drawn-out process, with the host city itself only confirmed in October 2016. Many fans took to social media to complain about the lengthy process leading up to Ukraine’s Eurovision. This year, things couldn’t be …

Jon Ola Sand admits Kyiv is his “most difficult Eurovision”

Jon Ola Sand, the Norwegian TV executive who has been executive producer of Eurovision since the 2011 contest, has admitted that Kyiv’s hosting of the contest has been difficult and the “most challenging Eurovision yet”. Sand has confirmed that EBU officials have had to be a lot more hands on with the competition this year, as Ukrainian TV officials and …

Kiev Confirmed After Uncertainty

In recent weeks there has been some uncertainty as to whether Ukraine will in fact host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The decision was made today after the referencing group agreed that preparations and other issues which may have resulted in Ukraine being an unsuitable host (finance, security, legislation issues, etc.) The EBU now seem satisfied that Ukraine are in …

Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw to host Eurovision 2016

The EBU announced today the news that many had been expecting – it will be Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw who will take the presenting reins in Stockholm! The duo have experience in Eurovision and presenting; Mede previously presented Eurovision 2013 and co-presented the BBC’s anniversary celebration “Eurovision’s Greatest Hits” earlier this year, and remains a fan favourite for her …

ESC 2015: More Tickets Available On Thursday

Today the EBU and ORF announced that the next batch of tickets for the Semi-Finals of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be available to buy on Thursday, at 9am CET. Last month saw the first batch of tickets available, and they sold out within 20 minutes. The third batch of tickets will be available next month. Those wishing to …

Austria: 2015 entry to be decided in a national final

Austria will pick its next representative in a big national final next year! This was confirmed by ORF general director Alexander Wrabetz in an interview with the newspaper Der Standard. The exact format of the national final hasn’t yet been decided on. However, it’s already been mentioned that the selection period will take place between January and March. It is …

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