The Turkish television TRT and the EBU had previously chosen the Mydonose Showland - a tent-venue on an island in the Bosporus. But due the high number of spectators the organisers had to change the venue to the Abdi Ipekci hall which can hold about 8,000 people. This year's motto is called "Under the same sky" for there will be 36 European Stars, which are united here in Istanbul.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
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.