15 Things We learned this week

1. Vienna officially became the host city for Eurovision 2015 this week when the Host City Insignia Exchange took place on Monday 26th at Vienna’s City Hall.

2. Shortly after this ceremony, the semi final draw took place and we now know which countries will compete in which semi finals. For more info read our story here.

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Eurovision Stage for 2015

3. The host venue Weiner Stadthalle has released official plans for the stage for the Eurovision 2015. It will consist of 1288 individual pillars and measures 44 metres in width, 14.3 metres in height and up to 22 metres in depth. The LED pillars can produce a wide variety of lighting effects as can the 11 metre diameter stage floor. In the background, there is another LED wall of 22 metres wide and 8.5 metres high.

4. Three more songs have been confirmed this week including the Czech Republic whose internal selection process sees Marta Jandová & Václav Noid Bárta and their song ‘Hope Never Dies’ advance to the Semi Finals in May.

5. On Sunday 1st February Cyprus chose Giannis Karagiannis as their pick for Eurovision 2015.

Switzerland pick Melanie Renee for Eurovision 2015

Switzerland pick Melanie Renee for Eurovision 2015

6. Switzerland crowned Melanie Renee their winner as she beat of stiff competition from Timebelle, Licia Cherry and Andy McSean to become the Swiss national representative with her song ‘Time to Shine’

7. It was at the same contest that Conchita Wurst performed her winning song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ and in a short interview after revealed that fans can expect new music from her with a single in March and an album to follow to coincide with this year’s Eurovision Final Week.

8. Following the first of their national semi final shows, Iceland have the first three acts for their final; Friðrik Dór ‘Í síðasta skipti’, Björn & Friends ‘Piltur og stúlka’ and Elín Sif  Í kvöld’.

9. Hungary have picked 6 acts to compete in one of their semi finals and is to include: Ádám Szabó ‘Give Me Your Love’, Oláh Gergő  ‘A tükör előtt’, ÍV  ‘Fire’, Pankastic! ‘Kicsi a világ, de nagy világ’, Gyula Éliás Jr. feat. Fourtissimo ‘Run To You’ and New Level Empire ‘Homelight’.

Oma Ella with Conchita Wurst

Oma Ella with Conchita Wurst

10. The world’s oldest and most dedicated Eurovision Song Contest fan, Oma Ella unfortunately passed away this week aged 105.  

11. British broadcaster the BBC has announced that will produce a special show later this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is expected to cover the contest’s history and likely to feature a one off concerts in London with performances from previous winning acts including Loreen, Lena, Lordi and Dana International.

12. Katie Price a.k.a Jordan revealed this week from the Celebrity Big Brother house that her only regret ever was applying to represent UK at the Eurovision in 2005, claiming that she ‘looked shocking, sounded shocking and couldn’t even sing the song.’ Have a listen to the song below and you can see why.

13. Loreen has been working with Kiesza on new material for her upcoming album ‘Paperlights’ due out later in 2015.

14. The second wave of Eurovision tickets went on sale on Thursday 29th January after the first 25% of tickets sold out in just under 20 minutes.

15. I will be going to Eurovision, having secured tickets for Semi Final 2’s Live Family Matinee Show on Thursday 21st May!!!

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