COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Eurovision’s official website presented today a video with backstage footage from the Green Room of 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with material never published before.
Category: COPENHAGEN 2014
CPHPOST.DK REPORTS – As the bill for the Eurovision Song Contest staged in Copenhagen last May continue to rise, Frank Jensen, Copenhagen’s mayor, said that the city is not going to foot the bill. “The city of Copenhagen is not responsible for the deficit,” Jensen wrote in a statement. “It is a matter for Region Hovedstaden – the Capital Region – and Wonderful Copenhagen, which is a private foundation that operates under Region Hovedstaden.”
The city has already shelled out 14.5 million kroner to help hold the music festival, which has now run up bills of 112 million kroner for the staging of two semi-finals and the final, exceeding the budget by over three times. “There has been no control over the budget,” wrote Jensen. “When Copenhagen supports a project, the budget must be in order.”
Jensen emphasised that the budget issues did not detract from the positive impression that the Eurovision party had on Copenhagen.
Region Hovedstaden head Sophie Hæstorp Andersen said that her group is looking for a way to rescue Wonderful Copenhagen from the deficit disaster. Jensen said that was simply fair play. “It makes sense that Region Hovedstaden takes on the task of finding a political solution since Wonderful Copenhagen is a privately funded foundation that is part of Region Hovedstaden.”
ICENEWS.IS REPORTS – The organiser’s of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark, Projektselskabet, could be facing a 10m euro fine because it found subcontractors for the event without making requests for tender.
Copenhagen University law professor Sune Troels Poulsen said this was a clear indication that Projektselskabet breached the rules and acted against the law, adding that the situation “doesn’t look pretty” for the company.
EU law expert Peter Vesterdorf said that the company could end up having to pay fines of as much as 10m kroner. He commented that the way they have acted must either have to be put down to “enormous cheek or incomprehensible stupidity”, adding that he had never seen the rules being ignored in such a big way.
Dansk Folkeparti now wants all the chiefs at Projektselskabet to step down from their positions. The party’s Kenneth Kristensen described the situation as “completely unacceptable” and said that that trust in the companies has disappeared.
Projektselskabet have since responded by stating that if any mistakes were made in how the project was administered, it is regrettable and an investigation should be carried out.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – During the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen the team at Danish Broadcaster DR looked at several potential hosts before choosing the three hosts. In a documentary shown on DR the viewers get close to the selection of the hosts as a tv team is following Executive Producer Pernille Gaardbo and Head of Show Jan Lagermand Lundme in the preparations.
When choosing the hosts the team wanted hosts what speak fluent English without a heavy Danish accent and they used keywords as warmth, humor, show person and positive.
Head of Show Jan Lagermand Lundme wanted Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson to host the contest as her father is Danish, but even though Scarlett Johansson has a Danish passport she doesn’t speak Danish. Executive Producer Pernille Gaardbo thinks that Scarlett Johansson is too American and she is thinking about the actress Connie Nielsen instead. At the end they decide not to pick a Hollywood star after a visit from the EBU and Jon Ola Sand who states that the Eurovision Song Contest is the largest show in the world without major stars.
To select the hosts the team at DR had several people for casting. Former host of the Danish national final Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Felix Smith was one of them. The potential hosts presented the Eurovision in front of a camera fully dress as they were on a big stage to make it as real as possible. During the castings Pernille Gaardbo and Jan Lagermand Lundme talks about making a new setup of the hosts with two men and one woman for the first time. They wanted a classical host, an emphatic host and a joker that no one saw coming.
After many talks they chose Nikolaj Koppel, Lise Rønne and Pilou Asbæk and they were all really happy to know that they were going to present the three shows for 195 million people all over the world!
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Danish national broadcaster started today an online competition through Facebook in which you can win one of the three signed by Emmelie de Forest DVDs of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.
I’ve signed three copies of the official #ESC14 DVD that is released today – and you can win one of them! Let me know in the comment field which fun traditions you have when watching the ESC with your friends and family, and you will participate in the competition. You can respond in English or Danish.
Terms and conditions: Universal Music Danmark is responsible for the competition. They will draw three winners on Tuesday 17th of June at 12:05 pm. The winners will be contacted on Facebook and must respond within 24 hours in order to receive their prize.
The weird and false information published on some websites for the Swedish TV rates caused confusion among the Swedish fans. The information posted claimed 20% decrease in the TV rates for the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Sweden. But SVT official numbers refute the publication of the once-upon-a-time “great website” publishing the false news: Based on this it is more or less the same number of TV-viewers in Sweden. In 2013 3.370.000 followed the final and this year is was 3.364.000. A decrease of 6.000 persons! (source: SVT.se)
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest has been the most successful one to date for Australian broadcaster SBS. The contest, which is shown on consecutive nights over the final weekend, achieved a total audience over the entire weekend of 2.7 million.
The best viewing figures were reached on Saturday night, when the second semi final was broadcasted. 1.028 million tuned in for the show in which Australian Jessica Mauboy performed as the interval act. Also, the hashtag #SBSEurovision, used by the station for its coverage of the contest, was trending topic on Twitter in Australia across all three nights.
The Final was watched by an audience between 1.14-1.47 million people with the higest numbers around midnight. This equals a market share up to 73%, which is an enormous increase in viewers. Also the semi finals had huge viewing figures with about 15% in semi final 1 and up to 40% in semi final 2 when Conchita advanced to the final.
The final of Eurovision 2014 was watched by 3,364,000 people, this is 60,000 more people that watched the final of Melodifestivalen 2014. Normally the contest is watched by 800,000 less people than the final of Melodifestivalen. The first semi final was watched by 1,736,000 people, and the second semi final by 1,122,000 people.
A total of 2.18 million people watched the final of Eurovision 2014 in Denmark, the largest amount since Denmark hosted the contest back in 2001. The 1st semi final was watched by 905,000 while the second semi final was viewed by 988,000 viewers. The viewing figures show a huge turn around in Danish fortunes in the contest when the 2007 final was watched by less than 500,000 people.
The 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest has broken viewership records in Australia. The Eurovision final and its two semi finals, broadcast in Australia with a 24 hour delay due to time zone differences, reached a combined audience of 2.971 million viewers over the weekend. Commentary of the shows was provided live by SBS personalities Julia Zemiro (who appeared in the video introducing Australia in the second semi final) and Sam Pang. Over the weekend the #SBSEurovision hash tag received over 161,174 tweets with a peak of approximately 1000 tweets per minute during the broadcasts. The#SBSEurovision hash tag was trending at number one across all three nights. Australia also agreed with Europe, voting Austria’s Conchita Wurst and her song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, Australia’s Unofficial Eurovision Winner with 74,434 votes. Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen came in second with her song ‘Undo’ receiving 53,562 votes, which was followed by The Netherlands’ The Common Linnets with ‘Calm After The Storm’ on 33,990 votes.
The final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Spain was the most watched show in the country that night but ratings are generally at their lowest in years. A total of 5.141.000 viewers tuned in to see the show, which peaked at 6.343.000 during the voting. The ratings are some of the lowest Eurovision has ever seen in Spain. The results are also mildly down on last year when an average of 5.359.000 watched the show.
Viewing figures for Germany increased by 750,000 over 2013, as 8.96 million tuned in to watch the contest. At the peak of the contest a total of 10.81 million people were watching the contest in Germany. The contest was very popular with those between 14-49 year old with 4.48 million watching.
A total of 1.747 million (8.77%) people tuned into RAI 2 in Italy to watch the final of Eurovision 2014. In total across the two semi finals and the final a total 2.697 million tuned in to watch Eurovision. The viewing audience peaked during the voting and the reveal of Austria as the winner. The figure for the final is a fall of 150,000 viewers over 2013 when Italy was represented by Marco Mengoni.
A peak audience of 10.6 million tuned into the Eurovision final at 11pm during the voting. Overall viewing figures averaged 8.79 million people, with is 41.7% of the viewing audience. The figure is an increase of 1.07 million viewers over 2013 when the UK was represented by Bonnie Tyler. The contest was the second most watched of the past decade only being beaten by 2011.
The Netherlands had another year of record-breaking viewing figures for the final of Eurovision. A total of 5.1 million people on average watched the contest up 300,000 over last year, while during the Dutch performance 6.2 million tuned in an increase of over 200,000. Overall in semi final 1 and the final a total of 9.453 million viewers tuned into the contest. This is a dramatic turn around for the Netherlands with an increase in overall viewers of 6.291 million viewers in just 2 years.
2.6 million people tuned in, in France to watch the final of Eurovision 2014. The average viewing figure on the night was 13.4% of the population, however once again France 3 was beaten by TF1 and the final of The Voice which pulled in 6.2 million viewers. This is another year of declines in the French viewing figures for the contest, the figure was down 100,000 over 2013, but now down 1.4 million viewers in the past 2 years.
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PHOTO: ANDRES PUTTING (EUROVISION.TV / EBU)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 saw a new record of ratings. The Grand Final was watched by 195 million viewers. That is around 10 percent higher than in 2013. Viewers from all over Europe and also in Australia, New Zealand and Canada watched the Eurovision Song Contest this year.
Executive producer Pernille Gaardbo is very pleased with the ratings. She says that the ratings are beyond DR’s wildest expectations and she is very happy that so many people chose to #JoinUs in Copenhagen. Director General of Danish Broadcasting Cooperation DR says that it was the ambition to create an event with memorable moments and a show that people will remember and according to her they succeeded. DR can be proud of this year’s competition she says.
Executive Supervisor from the EBU Jon Ola Sand says that the figures shows that the Eurovision Song Contest is alive all over Europe and the audience is getting younger than before and this is essential to ensure that the competition success in the future. The share of the young people between 15 and 24 years was 41.6 percent or almost two percent higher than last year.
Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Austria after Conchita Würst won in Copenhagen with “Rise Like a Phoenix”
PHOTO: SIETSE BAKKER
DID YOU KNOW?
During the last year’s Eurovision the ratings were like this:
• 2013: 170 millions
• 2012: 102,9 millions
• 2011: 114,5 millions
• 2010: 108,2 millions
• 2009: 124 millions
• 2008: 106 millions
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – During the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen the interval act was reduced to a short act called “Joyful” performed Momoland to the music of Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” because the show was too long after the dress rehearsal.
During the Jury Final the night before the interval act was totally different and the act with “Joyful” was the ending of the act based on #MyEurovisionIdea which was called “Eurovision 2075”. The act started with a video of host Pilou Asbæk who welcomed to the Eurovision Song Contest 2075 with all countries in the world participating for the first time.
As a new thing in the competition five singers should participate in a so-called “show down” where they are fighting for one microphone to sing in. In the end they climbed up five stairs to sing “Joyful”. Only the ending was presented during the Grand Final. You can see the interval act with “Eurovision 2075” from the Jury Final here.
DID YOU KNOW?
The music to “Joyful” was “Ode to Joy” is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony. Beethoven’s tune was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972, and subsequently the European Union.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Danish host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 DR made a special “behind the scenes” program in Danish where we follow the executive producer Pernille Gaardbo, head of show Jan Lagermand Lundme and the team during the shows in B&W Hallerne.
In the program we see what the producers are thinking when the doors in the cubes will not close during Sweden’s performance in the first semifinal and we follow Pernille Gaardbo’s tears and happiness during the show. We also follow the hosts when preparing the manuscript and they did that for the last time a few hours before the Grand Final.
Before Eurovision, DR made two programs about selecting the host city and the preparations in B&W Hallerne. During these programs it was clear that DR chose Copenhagen as the host city because they wanted to try something different and new with the halls and the other applicant city Herning had a good venue, but maybe it was too obvious. The programs also showed the problems DR had with Host City Copenhagen who were in charge of preparing the Eurovision Island and the halls before DR could build the scene in there.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was held on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May in B&W Hallerne on Eurovision Island in Copenhagen. The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was Conchita Würst and therefore next year’s competition will be held in Austria.
PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – The European Broadcasting Union announced immediately after the end of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest final, the split results and the full scoreboards for semifinals and the final. The split results are interesting because once again juries and viewers decided the same winner: Austria. Let’s see how tele voting and jury voting did in the final.
|COMBINED VOTES||TELEVOTING||JURY VOTING|
|Austria – 290 points
The Netherlands – 238 points
Sweden – 218 points
Armenia – 174 points
Hungary – 143 points
Ukraine – 113 points
Russia – 89 points
Norway – 88 points
Denmark – 74 points
Spain – 74 points
Finland – 72 points
Romania – 72 points
Switzerland – 64 points
Poland – 62 points
Iceland – 58 points
Belarus – 43 points
United Kingdom – 40 points
Germany – 39 points
Montenegro – 37 points
Greece – 35 points
Italy – 33 points
Azerbaijan – 33 points
Malta – 32 points
San Marino – 14 points
Slovenia – 9 points
France – 2 points
|Austria – 311 points
Netherlands – 222 points
Armenia – 193 points
Sweden – 190 points
Poland – 162 points
Russia – 132 points
Switzerland – 114 points
Ukraine – 112 points
Romania – 103 points
Hungary – 98 points
Belarus – 56 points
Iceland – 46 points
Denmark – 43 points
Greece – 43 points
Spain – 41 points
Finland – 39 points
Norway – 39 points
Montenegro – 33 points
Italy – 32 points
Germany – 31 points
United Kingdom – 29 points
Azerbaijan – 26 points
San Marino – 18 points
Malta – 17 points
Slovenia – 15 points
France – 1 point
|Austria – 224 points
Netherlands – 203 points
Sweden – 201 points
Hungary – 138 points
Armenia – 125 points
Malta – 119 points
Finland – 114 points
Azerbaijan – 108 points
Norway – 102 points
Denmark – 85 points
Spain – 83 points
Ukraine – 78 points
Russia – 70 points
Germany – 61 points
Iceland – 59 points
United Kingdom – 52 points
Romania – 51 points
Belarus – 50 points
Greece – 49 points
Montenegro – 48 points
Italy – 37 points
Switzerland – 27 points
Poland – 23 points
Slovenia – 21 points
San Marino – 16 points
France – 5 points