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.
The Olimpijski Sport Arena has been chosen as the venue. The building was constructed for the 1980 Olympic Games and can host up to 35.000 people and is still the largest indoor sport arena in Europe .
It is still unknown how many countries will take part in Moscow , due to the recent political situation Georgia has withdrawn, some other countries may follow. But there are also other reasons for not coming back: Austria does not feel very welcomed in the Eurovision family anymore due to the unfair voting system. In several countries the pre selections and have started already and possible names have been revealed. Even some participants have been confirmed already. For Greece Sakis Rouvas (Greece 2004 – 3rd rank) is going to give it another try. Sakis has also hosted the 2006 contest in Athens . Hadise Açikgöz has been chosen by the Turkish broadcaster TRT representing Turkey , Hadidse is well known in her home country and also in Belgium . For the Netherlands there will be The Toppers – a three guy’s trio, the most famous one is Gerald Joling (Netherlands 1988 – 9th rank). So the next months until March 2009 are going to be packed with pre selections and national finals all across Europe .
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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.