These days there are heavy discussions going in the Danish media in regards of the costs of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Copenhagen this year. The originally estimated costs of around 5 million Euro have tripled to almost 15 million! The main cost factor occurred in the transformation of an old shipyard (B&W Hallerne) into a modern concert hall. Allegations are going around who to blame for this disaster?
A big music event like the ESC should not cost that much, but it’s all in the hands of the host broadcaster what they are making out of it. The demand to allocate as many people as possible in the arena is one point; on the other hand an event like the ESC is also a big plus for the host city which attracts more tourists, more hotel nights. Additionally a host city can profit a lot from all the reports, images and the perception of the look and feel for a host city will be spread around the world in the most positive way. Furthermore there are a lot of sponsors to reduce costs for the broadcasters and there is financial support from the EBU.
Last year the Swedish broadcaster has shown that an ESC on a smaller scale can also be a big success. The worst outcome would be that broadcasters may be afraid of winning the contest due to the high unexpected costs which may arouse.
For all the visitors in Copenhagen this year the entire discussion might appear ridiculous as the surrounding of the arena was more than plain and uninviting, the so called “Eurovision Island” was probably not what visitors might have expected. The inside of the arena did not show that, so the TV spectators did not see anything. The millions for the remodelling could have used in a better way.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!