WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS HERE GUYS! As you all know now, Vienna is to host to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Austria in no more than 286 days in Halle D of the Wiener Stadthalle! So, to quote Elaiza, ‘is it right or is it wrong?’…well that’s what we have to decipher!
So, after a bidding process that possibly was so long that it felt like Lithuania’s ten-week selection process for Copenhagen, we’ve finally found out that front-runner Vienna will host Eurovision next year. In the run up to the reveal, I guided you through some of the potential candidates that had thrown their hat into the ring. Have a look at the different articles we had published!
It was blatantly obvious from the get-go that Vienna would be hosting the show, as the capital of the country is always a bit of a favourite and in the last five editions, three editions were in the capital of the host country (Copenhagen 2014, Oslo 2010 and Baku 2012). Now that Vienna is next in line to take on the Eurovision crown, one is definitely expecting a great show to be put on for the 60th edition of the most watched non-sporting even in the world. The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand had this to say about the decision:
We are very pleased with ORF’s decision to choose Vienna as the host city of the next Eurovision Song Contest. We are confident the city has the experience, people and the facilities to host the world’s foremost entertainment event. With the cooperation between Vienna, ORF and the EBU, I’m sure we’ll see three amazing shows in May.
Vienna is set to make huge financial gains now that they have been given the right to host Eurovision. Hosting Europe’s favourite TV show is especially great for tourism in the host city and it’s almost estimated that around €20,000,000 (20 million euro) is to be made in the city on the Danube over the weeks that Eurovision-mania will set over. Tourism in Austria as a whole went up by 150% because of Conchita Wurst merely winning the Eurovision Song Contest, and has since go on to exploit her as a national treasure…which she is most likely is. The Wiener Stadthalle – the arena chosen for the job – will be able to hold around 16,000 people in, so it will be a bit bigger than previous shows, but will still carry the same close-knitted atmosphere that Copenhagen and Malmö managed to create..let’s just hope they (ORF) do a good job in organising the Contest!!
So now that the host city is revealed, one has to get looking for flights and accommodation! If you click on this link, you will be taken to the Wikipedia page of Vienna International Airport and therefore you can locate the closest airport to you that is connected with the Austrian airport, so you can start booking flights for your stay! If you then click on THIS, probably more important link, you will be taken to Booking.com, where you can search for hotels for the planned stay in Vienna (the default setting in the link is from the 17th May 2015 – 24th May 2015 for a bedroom for two people, so if you wish to change that, you’re most welcome to). Many hotels have already been book-blocked for delegates and journalists and prices do skyrocket the later you leave, so you better start booking now!! So what are your thoughts on the host city being chosen for the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest?
Daniel Cobbett from the United Kingdom: Great news! I’m sure it will be an awesome contest!
Tobias Weigold from Germany: A pity! Innsbruck would’ve been only 2,5 hours away from me but at least it’s a nice city and a big arena!
Aleksandr Argilovski from F.Y.R. Macedonia: VIENNA!!! and YEY, finally bigger arena, Wiener Stadthalle has capacity of 16,000 people
Ilias Kozantinos from Cyprus: Congratulations to Vienna…I knew it would be where Eurovision would be held!
So like I said, we all knew it was going to be Vienna from the word go, but now it’s confirmed, we’re now able to rejoice in the fact that the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be in one of the most famous cities in the world! So what do you think? Was Vienna the best choice for ORF to make or did you wish we’d be going somewhere else for Eurovision next year? Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting below!!