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 By mischance, Georgia has withdrawn ultimately for this year.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).
In the previous years there was a general displeasure about the voting. Especially when it comes to neighbour country and diaspora voting many people thought that the system seems to be unfair. The EBU has changed the rules once more and brought back the juries! So there will be a jury in each participating country and the votes will be running in the result by 50%. The excitement is still granted - the personal influence of every single TV spectator as well as the professional point of view from a jury. The juries will be assembled by different persons of age, sex, profession, etc. like in former years. The online and offline ticket sale has already, the most expensive VIP tickets are up to 650 €. You should only book on the official website (www.eurovision.tv) to avoid fake ticket vendors. There have been more details revealed: t.a.T.u. and also Cirque du Soleil will appear in the opening ceremonies and/or interval acts. The interval act of the final should transform the whole arena into a winter wonderland. The stage has been designed by John Casey, who was also responsible for this in 1994, 1995 and 1997. There will be a very contemporary stage style with straight elements and oversized LED screens.
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.