The actual Eurovision Song Contest is just over and the discussions have started immediately where in Sweden the 2016 ESC will take place. There are various options in Sweden, the most logical would be Stockholm, as they are having three possible venues: the Globen, where the 2000 ESC took place, the newly build Friends Arena, which is a bit far out and the brand new Tele 2 Arena, close to the Globen.
Every year there are discussions about the fairness of the voting system which is being used by the EBU to determine the Eurovision winner. This is a split of 50% jury voting and 50% televoting. The total result is a merge of both results, which has been reinvented in 2009. Before it was just televoting for several years. A lot of people at that time criticized that there is too much diaspora voting, which means e.g. that all the Greeks around Europe will call for Greece. To put this on a normal level the formerly criticized juries have only 50% to say.
The winner of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest is Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden! Congratulations! After a very joyful and exciting evening here in Vienna one of the favourites made the race with 365 points, this a margin of 62 points to the runner up Russia (303 points) and Italy made the third place with 292 points.
Two countries are on the bottom on the list: the host country Austria and Germany. This is a very uncomfortable situation for the singers, the broadcaster and of course the people from those countries. But one county must come last, this year there are two.
Russia was in the lead for a long time during the voting procedure. The lovely Polina was already crying, she could not believe that she possibly could win. At the end the points were lower and Sweden made the race. This one of the best Russian entries lately.
This is the night of the Swedes! Måns Zelmerlöw made Sweden happy. He will be the 6th Swedish winner in the Eurovision history. And Sweden will follow Ireland’s way of victory, they have won the ESC seven times. Winning in such a short period of time of three years is absolutely fabulous.
All the journalists also had the chance to utter their prediction. There was only one vote available for one person. The most people see Italy to win, followed by Sweden, Belgium and Australia. The big surprise to see France in #5.
The Wiener Philharmoniker will additionally play “Europe Anthem” from Beethoven’s 9th symphony. There will be a lot of Austrian images, music and culture. Beside of the 27 artists tonight there is going to be a great interval act with a percussion performance throughout the arena.
200 million TV spectators will be expected tonight. There is a traffic jam outside Wiener Stadthalle and there are long queues in front of the arena with nicely costumed people. But you can also see some suits and evening dresses, like in the good old years.