There was held a EBU press conference today and Svante Stockselius, the supervisior of the Eurovision Song Contest informed about the latest issues. This year's contest will be broadcasted all over Europe and additionally in Kazakhstan, Australia – SBS is going to show all three shows - and for the first time in New Zealand. The concept of the Eurovision Song Contest caused huge interest in other territories, the Middle East and Northern Africa is negotiating with the EBU about the rights, to create something similar. Furthermore, the idea of a “World Song Contest” has become even more realistic now. There will be a new trophy, which is going to be handed over from winner to winner. The Swedish designer of the trophy is called Kjell Engman – he is from the same region Smaland like Charlotte Perrelli. The trophy was revealed by the special guests Lys Assia - Eurovision winner 1956 - and Marija Serifovic - last years winner. This year's winner will receive an exclusive promotion tour through eight European co untries to make Eurovision even more popular. The result of the first semi final was determined by televoting and one jury. If there would not have been a jury to pick one country, the result of the ten qualifiers would have been the same! The viewing figures were better than estimated. There were many complaints that the arena was half empty for the life transmission, RTS explained that they made a mistake by selling ticket packages only and the majority was interested in the final only. Furthermore tickets have been handed out to the sponsoring companies, but the people didn't show up. The TV spectators did not have the impression of a great atmosphere in the arena so far. Many people felt disturbed through the big flags from the first rows in the arena, but Svante emphasized that this should be like this to bring the party atmosphere in the European homes. RTS said that they are also willing and able if Serbia wins again for hosting another contest in 2009, the executive producer Sandra Susa (RTS) is happy and hopeful that the image of Belgrade and Serbia will revised with this Eurovision Song Contest.
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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.