Vienna 2015

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60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria

Host broadcaster: ORF
Semi-Final One: May 19th, 2015, 21:00 CET
Semi-Final Two: May 21st 2015, 21:00 CET
Grand Final: May 23rd 2015, 21:00 CET


CALENDAR

To always be up-to-date with the upcoming Eurovision related events, visit our CALENDAR.

EUROVISION VILLAGE

Vienna City Hall Square (Rathausplatz) will play host to Eurovision Village during the Eurovision Song Contest next May. Located in the city center, Eurovision Village is easy to reach and Rathausplatz is a central meeting point in Vienna.

Free concerts and other events will take place there and the live semi-finals and grand final will be broadcast on big screens. Eurovision Village is open daily between May 17th and 23rd.

EUROCLUB

EuroClub is the place where delegations go partying after a long day of rehearsals. This year it is located in Ottakringer Brewery. It opens on May 17th.

HOSTS

ESC2015 hosts

ORF has chosen three female hosts for Eurovision Song Contest 2015. This is the first time when three women are hosting the show.

The hostesses are Arabella Kiesbauer, Alice Tumler and Mirjam Weichselbraun. In addition to the three hosts, Conchita Wurst will be hosting the show from Green Room! More information about the hosts can be read here.

OPENING CEREMONY

Red Carpet 2013

The traditional opening ceremony takes place at the Rathausplatz, next to the Eurovision Village. All artists will enter the red carpet one by one on the 17th of May.

PARTICIPANTS

40 broadcasters take part in the contest. Ukraine is withdrawing from the contest while Serbia, Cyprus and Czech Republic return. Australia is participating as a guest country. They are able to vote in both semi-finals and final although they have been given ticket straight to the final. Due to the odd number of participants, EBU have decided that 16 countries will compete in the first semi-final and 17 in the second semi-final. The remaining six are already qualified to the final.

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw took place on January 26th in Vienna. Countries were drawn into the semi-finals from five pots based on their voting history. Also in which half of the show they are competing was drawn. The exact running order was determined by the producers a few days after all songs had been released.

First Semi-Final

1. MOLDOVA Eduard Romanyuta I Want Your Love
2. ARMENIA Genealogy Face The Shadow
3. BELGIUM Loïc Nottet Rhythm Inside
4. NETHERLANDS Trijntje Oosterhuis Walk Along
5. FINLAND Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät Aina mun pitää
6. GREECE Maria Elena Kyriakou One Last Breath
7. ESTONIA Stig Rästa & Elina Born Goodbye To Yesterday
8. FYR MACEDONIA Daniel Kajmakoski Autumn Leaves
9. SERBIA Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies
10. HUNGARY Boggie Wars For Nothing
11. BELARUS Uzari & Maimuna Time
12. RUSSIA Polina Gagarina A Million Voices
13. DENMARK Anti Social Media The Way You Are
14. ALBANIA Elhaida Dani I’m Alive
15. ROMANIA Voltaj De la capăt (All Over Again)
16. GEORGIA Nina Sublatti Warrior

Austria, Australia, France and Spain are able to vote.

Second Semi-Final

1. LITHUANIA Monika & Vaidas This Time
2. IRELAND Molly Sterling Playing With Numbers
3. SAN MARINO Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini Chain Of Light
4. MONTENEGRO Knez Adio
5. MALTA Amber Warrior
6. NORWAY Mørland & Debrah Scarlett A Monster Like Me
7. PORTUGAL Leonor Andrade Há um mar que nos separa
8. CZECH REPUBLIC Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta Hope Never Dies
9. ISRAEL Nadav Guedj Golden Boy
10. LATVIA Aminata Love Injected
11. AZERBAIJAN Elnur Hüseynov Hour Of The Wolf
12. ICELAND María Olafs Unbroken
13. SWEDEN Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes
14. SWITZERLAND Mélanie René Time To Shine
15. CYPRUS John Karayiannis One Thing I Should Have Done
16. SLOVENIA Maraaya Here For You
17. POLAND Monika Kuszyńska In The Name Of Love

Australia, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom are able to vote.

Grand Final

AUSTRALIA Guy Sebastian Tonight Again
14. AUSTRIA The Makemakes I Am Yours
FRANCE Lisa Angell N’oubliez pas
GERMANY Ann Sophie Black Smoke
ITALY Il Volo Grande amore
SPAIN Edurne Amanecer
UNITED KINGDOM Electro Velvet Still In Love With You

PARTICIPATE

Most of the countries that are participating Eurovision Song Contest will choose their representatives through an open call so that anyone can participate. Eurovision Song Contest entries must be under or exactly 3 minutes long and artist(s) on stage over 16 years old by the time of the contest. Song must not be published before September 1st or it might be disqualified. In addition, each broadcaster might add their own rules, some accept foreign composers and artists, some not. Please keep an eye on our news as there you’ll find the most up-to-date information and rules for national selection formats.

Some broadcasters however select their representative internally without any national selection.

POSTCARDS

Artists are once again starring their own postcards. This year, each representative received a package from Austria and first part of the postcard shows artists opening the post package. Artists will then fulfill their task in Austria which is linked to the gift they received. Postcards are filmed in every province of Austria.

REHEARSALS

The rehearsals in Vienna start on Monday, May 11th. Each country has two rehearsals on stage for themselves – the first one is 30 minutes while the second one is 20 minutes. After the first rehearsal – each country will have its own meet and greet with the press and a proper press conference after the second rehearsal.

In addition, there will be three dress rehearsals before each live show.

Full schedule can be viewed here.

STAGE

The stage is 44 metres in width and 14,3 metres in height. 1288 pillars will give us the big light show on the stage.

The stage is forming an eye, and the meaning behind is to show respect for cultures, countries and people, according to the broadcasters TV director, Kathrin Zehner.

In the Grand Final, artists will enter the venue via a ‘Magic Bridge’. The Green Room is again located inside the arena.

Eurovision 2015 stage

THEME

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The official motto of the 2015 song contest is “Building Bridges”. The organizers explained the decision as following; “With the song contest in Vienna, we want music to build bridges across borders, cultures and languages​​. In light of the unifying power of this great common European event, we invite all to build bridges and to join hands.”

PKP BBDO is behind the slogan and the theme art.

TICKETS

First batch of tickets went on sale before Christmas and another ones in late-January and a month later in February. A total of some 100,000 tickets will be sold to the live shows and rehearsals. The ticket prices can be found here.

ESC 2015 seating plan

VENUE

Several locations across the country were competing for the right to host the shows but eventually it was the capital city Vienna that was chosen. Wiener Stadthalle can seat up to 16,000 spectators but it is estimated that for Eurovision the capacity will be around 10,000.

The complex consists of six halls – the main hall is the large multi-purpose hall where the concerts and other events take place. The arena is within a short distance from the city center and there are many underground stations nearby.

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