Today the first official EBU press conference took place in the just opened press centre here in Malmö. The organizers and the broadcaster SVT and the EBU: Jon Ola Sand (Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest), Sietse Bakker (Event Supervisor), Martin Österdahl (Executive Producer 2013), Christer Björkman (Show Producer 2013), Christel Tholse Willers (Head of Relations 2013) and Karin Karlsson (Project Manager Malmö city) welcomed the attending media.
So here are the most important facts:
For the first time a postcard has been shown, the symbol of this year- the butterfly – will appear in these postcards in country colours. The postcards will show the artists in their hometowns, so there won’t be the typical Sweden postcard-pics, beside of the Swedish entry of course.
There were a lot of complaints about the first four days with the downsized press centre in the Euroclub, eurovisionlive.com has reported about this. According to the EBU this new change has proofed as successful and will be continued in the next ESC’s. Costs had to be saved everywhere so that’s why there is also a reduced and more intimate rehearsal time.
The brand new relaunched eurovision.tv. website is also available as app for Andriod and Iphone as well as Ipads and other tablet pc. The best thing in this app is the voting button; it makes it easier to vote for your favourite instead of dialling a telephone number or sms.
There is also the aim to bring back the countries which have withdrawn this year: Poland, Portugal, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Slovakia and Turkey.
There were complaints that credit cards from outside Europe were not eligible for purchasing tickets for the live shows.
The preliminary dates for the 2014 ESC have been announced: 13th, 15th and 17th May, 2014.
The running order of the Grand Final will be determined by SVT and the reference group. Only Jan Ola Sand knows the exact voting numbers (juries / televotes).
Due to the fact that the host Petra Mede is one of the most popular comedians in Sweden, she will also appear in funny trailers. She will have some funny guest appearances in old video snippets like sitting on the piano while Udo Jürgens from Austria (1966) is singing “Merci Chérie” or as Nicole from Nicole & Hugo from Belgium 1973 and as backing vocalist in Cliff Richards “Congratulations” from 1968. But Petra Mede will also be serious where it’s necessary.