60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria
Host broadcaster: ORF
Semi-Final One: May 19th, 2015, 21:00 CET
Semi-Final Two: May 21st 2015, 21:00 CET
Grand Final: May 23rd 2015, 21:00 CET
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Vienna City Hall Square (Rathausplatz) will play host to Eurovision Village during the Eurovision Song Contest next May. Located in the city center, Eurovision Village is easy to reach and Rathausplatz is a central meeting point in Vienna.
Free concerts and other events will take place there and the live semi-finals and grand final will be broadcast on big screens. Eurovision Village is open daily between May 17th and 23rd.
EuroClub is the place where delegations go partying after a long day of rehearsals. This year it is located in Ottakringer Brewery. It opens on May 17th.
ORF has chosen three female hosts for Eurovision Song Contest 2015. This is the first time when three women are hosting the show.
The hostesses are Arabella Kiesbauer, Alice Tumler and Mirjam Weichselbraun. In addition to the three hosts, Conchita Wurst will be hosting the show from Green Room! More information about the hosts can be read here.
The traditional opening ceremony takes place at the Rathausplatz, next to the Eurovision Village. All artists will enter the red carpet one by one on the 17th of May.
40 broadcasters take part in the contest. Ukraine is withdrawing from the contest while Serbia, Cyprus and Czech Republic return. Australia is participating as a guest country. They are able to vote in both semi-finals and final although they have been given ticket straight to the final. Due to the odd number of participants, EBU have decided that 16 countries will compete in the first semi-final and 17 in the second semi-final. The remaining six are already qualified to the final.
The Semi-Final Allocation Draw took place on January 26th in Vienna. Countries were drawn into the semi-finals from five pots based on their voting history. Also in which half of the show they are competing was drawn. The exact running order was determined by the producers a few days after all songs had been released.
|1. MOLDOVA||Eduard Romanyuta||I Want Your Love|
|2. ARMENIA||Genealogy||Face The Shadow|
|3. BELGIUM||Loïc Nottet||Rhythm Inside|
|4. NETHERLANDS||Trijntje Oosterhuis||Walk Along|
|5. FINLAND||Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät||Aina mun pitää|
|6. GREECE||Maria Elena Kyriakou||One Last Breath|
|7. ESTONIA||Stig Rästa & Elina Born||Goodbye To Yesterday|
|8. FYR MACEDONIA||Daniel Kajmakoski||Autumn Leaves|
|9. SERBIA||Bojana Stamenov||Beauty Never Lies|
|10. HUNGARY||Boggie||Wars For Nothing|
|11. BELARUS||Uzari & Maimuna||Time|
|12. RUSSIA||Polina Gagarina||A Million Voices|
|13. DENMARK||Anti Social Media||The Way You Are|
|14. ALBANIA||Elhaida Dani||I’m Alive|
|15. ROMANIA||Voltaj||De la capăt (All Over Again)|
|16. GEORGIA||Nina Sublatti||Warrior|
Austria, Australia, France and Spain are able to vote.
|1. LITHUANIA||Monika & Vaidas||This Time|
|2. IRELAND||Molly Sterling||Playing With Numbers|
|3. SAN MARINO||Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini||Chain Of Light|
|6. NORWAY||Mørland & Debrah Scarlett||A Monster Like Me|
|7. PORTUGAL||Leonor Andrade||Há um mar que nos separa|
|8. CZECH REPUBLIC||Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta||Hope Never Dies|
|9. ISRAEL||Nadav Guedj||Golden Boy|
|10. LATVIA||Aminata||Love Injected|
|11. AZERBAIJAN||Elnur Hüseynov||Hour Of The Wolf|
|12. ICELAND||María Olafs||Unbroken|
|13. SWEDEN||Måns Zelmerlöw||Heroes|
|14. SWITZERLAND||Mélanie René||Time To Shine|
|15. CYPRUS||John Karayiannis||One Thing I Should Have Done|
|16. SLOVENIA||Maraaya||Here For You|
|17. POLAND||Monika Kuszyńska||In The Name Of Love|
Australia, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom are able to vote.
|AUSTRALIA||Guy Sebastian||Tonight Again|
|14. AUSTRIA||The Makemakes||I Am Yours|
|FRANCE||Lisa Angell||N’oubliez pas|
|GERMANY||Ann Sophie||Black Smoke|
|ITALY||Il Volo||Grande amore|
|UNITED KINGDOM||Electro Velvet||Still In Love With You|
Most of the countries that are participating Eurovision Song Contest will choose their representatives through an open call so that anyone can participate. Eurovision Song Contest entries must be under or exactly 3 minutes long and artist(s) on stage over 16 years old by the time of the contest. Song must not be published before September 1st or it might be disqualified. In addition, each broadcaster might add their own rules, some accept foreign composers and artists, some not. Please keep an eye on our news as there you’ll find the most up-to-date information and rules for national selection formats.
Some broadcasters however select their representative internally without any national selection.
Artists are once again starring their own postcards. This year, each representative received a package from Austria and first part of the postcard shows artists opening the post package. Artists will then fulfill their task in Austria which is linked to the gift they received. Postcards are filmed in every province of Austria.
The rehearsals in Vienna start on Monday, May 11th. Each country has two rehearsals on stage for themselves – the first one is 30 minutes while the second one is 20 minutes. After the first rehearsal – each country will have its own meet and greet with the press and a proper press conference after the second rehearsal.
In addition, there will be three dress rehearsals before each live show.
The stage is 44 metres in width and 14,3 metres in height. 1288 pillars will give us the big light show on the stage.
The stage is forming an eye, and the meaning behind is to show respect for cultures, countries and people, according to the broadcasters TV director, Kathrin Zehner.
In the Grand Final, artists will enter the venue via a ‘Magic Bridge’. The Green Room is again located inside the arena.
The official motto of the 2015 song contest is “Building Bridges”. The organizers explained the decision as following; “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.”
PKP BBDO is behind the slogan and the theme art.
First batch of tickets went on sale before Christmas and another ones in late-January and a month later in February. A total of some 100,000 tickets will be sold to the live shows and rehearsals. The ticket prices can be found here.
Several locations across the country were competing for the right to host the shows but eventually it was the capital city Vienna that was chosen. Wiener Stadthalle can seat up to 16,000 spectators but it is estimated that for Eurovision the capacity will be around 10,000.
The complex consists of six halls – the main hall is the large multi-purpose hall where the concerts and other events take place. The arena is within a short distance from the city center and there are many underground stations nearby.