Behind the choice of location for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is a grand vision to create a "Eurovision Island" in Copenhagen, on Refshaleøen.
The former shipyard B&W Hallerne will become a venue where Danes, contestants and European guests can join the celebration under the tagline #JoinUs.
- We are looking forward to welcoming Europe to Copenhagen, which is full of cultural diversity, has an excellent infrastructure and a variety of hotels. At the chosen venue we have the opportunity to realise our creative ambitions, says Pernille Gaardbo, Executive Producer of the 2014 contest at Host Broadcaster DR.
Denmark's Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest in May in Malmö, Sweden, granting Denmark the right to host the subsequent edition.
Closer to the people, closer to the show
The former shipyard will undergo all the necessary improvements to be able to host three state-of-the-art television shows in May next year.
The Semi-Finals of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest are set to take place on Tuesday the 6th and Thursday the 8th of May, and the Final is scheduled for Saturday, the 10th of May. Some 170 million people from over 40 countries are expected to tune in for the upcoming contest.
According to Head of Show, Jan Lagermand Lundme, Europe can look forward to a show full of emotion that brings people as well as the contestants closer to each other and the contest.
- We will challenge the format by allowing viewers to get closer. In Denmark we have a special ability to show emotion on TV, and I hope we can develop the Eurovision Song Contest in this direction. It is my ambition that we should have more emotion in the show, says Jan Lagermand Lundme.
Danish final in Odense
The Danish party will already start on Saturday the 8th of March next year when all eyes will be on Denmark's third largest city, Odense, where ten acts will compete to represent their country on home turf in Copenhagen.
Odense promises a series of parties and events to really capture the moment and Broadcaster DR has also emphasised the importance of next year's show:
- The Danish national final, Melodi Grand Prix, is going to be something quite special this time. We know that Odense can pull off this huge task and provide the setting for a super amazing show and a massive party for everyone, says DR's Director of Entertainment, Rasmus Ladefoged.
The last time Dansk Melodi Grand Prix was held on Funen was in 1993 when Tommy Seebach won the right to fly the Danish flag in Millstreet with the song 'Under stjernerne på himlen'.
Back then the event was held at the Odense Kongrescenter and in 2014 the event will hosted at the much larger Arena Fyn.
Information about ticket sales and hotel bookings is expected later this year. A large number of hotel rooms have been block booked in Copenhagen for delegates, journalists and fans. The final list of countries taking part in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is usually announced in early January.
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