While the preparations for the 59th ESC are in full swing, it has been finally announced that 37 countries are going to take part. Slovenia was the last country to announce its participation, but it’s a very good sign that they go to Denmark this year to stop the trend of withdrawals. We will miss the contributions of Cyprus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Turkey. Next year there will be the 60th anniversary of the ESC; it looks like a lot of countries would be interested in participating. Hosting the 60th Eurovision Song Contest would have also been attractive, but that will not be possible for the countries which have been withdrawing.
This year’s postcards will be more personal than they used to be, putting the artist in the foreground, stated by the Danish broadcaster DR. The postcards are shown between the songs, this allows the producers to clear the stage for the next artist, the commentators can talk about the next singer and song and there is a clear cut for the watcher. The postcards used to show images of the host country or from presented country.
Tomorrow there will be the first important EBU meeting in Copenhagen to allocate the countries in one of the two semi finals. In each semi final there will be either 15 or 16 countries. The draw is also based on different pots to avoid that neighbour countries vote for each other.
In the next weeks and months a lot of national finals and song announcements will be taking place. This is going to be a very exciting time with a lot of live transmissions, music and entertainment. Next Sunday France will kick off with the first national final since years. We will update you accordingly.
The next bunch of tickets for the three live shows will be available on January 31st.