Live from London: The 60th anniversary conference summary
Jaime Solloso (Spain)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Today, London saw the presentation of the Eurovision 60th Anniversary Conference. The event took part in the prestigious BAFTA building in Central London and involved presentations from notable Eurovision delegates and included the presence of various former Eurovision participants, such as Nicky French and Dave Benton.
The presentations discussed the introduction of technology and how Eurovision was to be within the next few years to come. It went through various discussions, from which subjects to note are how the template for the Contest is actually Formula 1 or the Oscars and not X Factor, which is seen more as a novelty talent show. One concept that the EBU are looking to introduce, according to Frank Saelens, is the pilot cam as used in Formula 1, as this would allow the viewing audience to view from the performers’ perspective.
Also Jon Ola Sand, was adamant that the Top 6 would not be eradicated. Further discussions included noting data taken on viewing figures, the protectiveness of homosexuality within the Contest. On this matter the overall decision was a split among those present that gayness is something to be embraced but should not be seen as the overriding factor of the Contest. The conclusion being that it is a music contest and not a political gateway.
Further discussions on this involved looking at events in Ukraine (2004-5) and Estonia (2002), where politics continually attempting to grasp control over the contest and consistently clashed with the EBU on this matter. The focus on Eurovision appears to be now on a television event rather than a musical event. Special guest for the day was Conchita Wurst, who commented on her experiences since winning Eurovision and she also collected an award for Austrian television, which was filmed for emission tomorrow.
Throughout the day, postcard videos were shown that will be made available by EBU for Vienna 2015, although it will be optional for member countries. Overall the conference provided insight into what the plan is for the upcoming years.