Thanks to Alexander Rybak’s victory, Norway is able to host the biggest music event in Europe for the third time in Eurovision history, 1986 the contest was held in Bergen, 1996 in Oslo. 2010 it will another challenge for Oslo again, airing the 56th edition of Eurovision Song Contest. The venue is located a bit outside the city centre in the Telenor Arena and can host more than 20.000 spectators for concerts. The Oslo Spectrum, host venue of the 1996 contest, would have been far too small, regarding all the new countries taking part in the meanwhile.
There will be three shows altogether like last year: semi final 1 on May 25th, semi final 2 on May 27th and the grand final on May 29th. The hosts are not announced yet and the number of participating countries as well. There are rumours of countries which have already withdrawn, but nothing is certain by now.
There will be another improvement in the voting procedure for the grand final, it will be possible to start voting during the presentation of the songs. This should allow more spectators to get through with their voting, but the new concept of using 50% televotes and 50% jury votes will remain. Svante Stockselius – executive supervisor of the EBU – stated that the preparations for Oslo 2010 have never been so far as this time! The motto of this year’s contest is “Share the moment” which should point out that Eurovision brings people together from all over Europe who all share the excitement and the thrill of this special event. The new theme and colours do look quite proposing and optimistic.