The general interest in the Eurovision Song Contest varies from country to country. Due to the fact that so many countries would like to take part in the contest, it was necessary to change the format. Indeed, having two semi finals makes it all more exciting.
The big problem is that the semi finals are not broadcasted in every participating country, or the time of broadcasting is uncomfortable, when there is a time delayed show. Who would like to watch the two hours show starting at 23:00 during the week? Even if people are interested in the contest and would like to watch it, sometime they can’t due to technical issues and there is no promotion at all, for example in Germany. Almost nobody knows about the semi final system and people wonder why certain singers don’t appear on a Saturday night, because they failed in the semi final. It is absolutely incomprehensive why the TV stations are complaining about declining viewing figures, if they are not able and willing to show all three shows. Furthermore, broadcasting the two semi finals would increase the enthusiasm in of the TV spectators a lot. Why do the TV stations waste such precious promotion for this event? In a perfect world, both semi finals would have been shown by all TV station, enthuse the TV spectators in the Eurovision week with raising tension until the big final on a Saturday night. The TV stations have no right to complain, if they behave like this.
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.