For the first time in Eurovision history Turkey is hosting the contest. This is a big task for the country on the Bosporus. 36 countries participate. This great amount of countries does not fit in a three hours show, so that's why there is going to be held a qualifying round on Wednesday May 12th May of those countries who didn't shape up well last year and those who even didn't participate. The ten best of the 22 countries will qualify for the final on Saturday 15th May. In the final there will be the ten best from last year, the, the host country and the big four (Germany, United Kingdom, France and Spain) who are paying the highest contribution to the EBU. The organizer is hoping for a higher excitement and more interest in the show.
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About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.