What will be the host city of 2014? Thanks to Emmelie de Forest’s victory “Only Teardrops”, Denmark has the honour to host the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. A lot of people believe that the capital will be the host city. But this is not that clear at the moment. Last year we saw that Sweden has chosen Malmö - the third largest city of the country - as a host city due to the better conditions like surroundings, availability of an arena, accommodation capacities, etc.
There are four candidate cities:
Copenhagen (the capital), Herning, Frederica and Horsens. All of these places are very keen to host Europe’s favourite TV show next year. A committee will evaluate and estimate the pros and cons for these cities. Aalborg has been the fifth candidate city, but they have withdrawn due to a lack of accommodations.
Herning in Jutland has been hosting this year’s Danish pre selection in the Boxen arena, with a capacity of 15.000 people. The second largest city in Denmark is Aarhus, which has offered hotel rooms, but it’s still over 60 km distance, so not the best solution.
Frederica would host the event in the Messe C, an arena with 8.000 possible seats.
The fourth candidate is Horsens, the event should be hosted in a decommissioned prison block which is capable for 13.000 standing people.
As Copenhagen would be the normal first choice with very good conditions as a capital city with prestigious buildings, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, etc. and a very good life quality the other cities located in Jutland need something to compete. In 2001 Copenhagen has hosted the ESC already, in the Parken stadium, where a football stadium has been covered with an extensible roof, which has been extra created for this event.
After the 1992 ESC in Malmö the decision of the host broadcaster in 1993 felt to the smallest ESC city ever: Millstreet – a small village in the countryside in County Cork, the event took place in an equestrian centre. The main problem in that year was the accommodation as the delegations and journalists had to travel long ways.
In several years the Eurovision Song Contest has not been taken place in a capital. Just recently in 2011, Düsseldorf (Germany) made the race, while everybody expected Berlin or Hamburg. Also Istanbul in 2004 was a host city, due to the importance and size of the metropolis. After Katarina & The Wave victory in 1997, the following contest took place in the UK, but not in London, Birmingham was the surprise city of that year. Other non-capital host cities were: Zagreb (1990), Lausanne (1989), Bergen (1986), Gothenburg (1985), Munich (1983), Harrogate (1982), Brighton (1974), Edinburgh (1972), Amsterdam (1970), Naples (1965), Cannes (1961, 1959), Hilversum (1958), Frankfurt (1957) and Lugano (1956).