The preparations for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2009 have already started - just immediately after the 2008 contest in Belgrade . After a long and intensive discussion whether it should be St. Petersburg or Moscow to host the 2009 contest, it became clear that Moscow is more suitable and representative choice for such a mega event. The organisation team will be supported by the highest Russian politicians to guarantee a unique and perfect show. The EBU reference group has already visited Moscow and is looking forward to 2009. The dates for the 54th Eurovision Song Contest have already been settled: Semi Final 1: Tuesday May,12; Semi Final 2: Thursday May 14. ; and the Final on Saturday, May 16.
Recently, all the songs for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have been determined. There are now 42 countries taking part in the 54th edition of the contest. Due to negotiations with Latvia and Georgia, both countries wanted to take part. Unfortunately, the reference group of the EBU decided that the Georgian song “We don’t want to put in” disagrees with the rules. As there should not be any political statements – “put in” can also be realized as “Putin”. So the EBU asked Georgia to either change the lyrics or send another song. By mischance, Georgia has withdrawn ultimately for this year. Austria and Italy did not come back this year, but maybe there is a chance in 2010. The line-up includes well known names like Patricia Kaas (France), Andrew Lloyd Webber as a composer for the United Kingdom, the opera singer Marlena Ermann (Sweden), Noa (Israel) and Chiara (Malta).
Due to the fact that the Netherlands celebrate their 50th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, there will be special concert Amsterdam this weekend. The team of eurovisionlive.com will be in Amsterdam to follow up the event.
It has been a great and sunny day for the 21 participating artists in the Netherlands last weekend. After arriving in the hotel the delegations have been brought to The Hague with shuttle busses. A welcome reception by the major of The Hague and The Toppers – this year’s Dutch participants took place in a church. The major emphasised that The Hague has been hosting the Eurovision Song Contest two times already – in 1976 and 1980 and he is proud to welcome this year’s participants in the Dutch Eurovision city.
Unfortunately, the team of eurovisionlive.com will not be in Moscow this year. We have decided to make a break due to several reasons. eurovisionlive.com has always been a non profit website and does not make any money.
Due to the fact that the majority of the participating countries do use sophisticated choreographies as well as pyrotechnics and special effect, also Germany decided to tries something very new: striptease.
Already since Sunday morning this year’s participants are scheduled for their rehearsals in the Olimpijski-Arena in Moscow. The system does remain as usual, for the first day the first half of the semi finalist are scheduled, on the second day the second half of the first semi finalist and so on.
Normally the names of the hosts are known quite early after the draw of the running order. The official announcement, who is going to welcome Europe in the night of the nights, is now confirmed. Nobody knows why, but this is probably due to make it more exciting.
As already mentioned several times, but always worth to emphasise is how each entry will be appearing on stage. Will there be a big show or just a microphone on stage? There is no general recipe, it all depends if it a slow or fast song. Many people complaint in recent years that there is too much action on stage, it’s not about the song anymore. Sometimes the contrasts are really immense if you remember Lordi’s show with horror masks and fireworks and one year later Marija Serifovic with the simple and plain performance.