It is just a month and a half since Mans Zelmerlow won Eurovision 2015 with his anthemic song ‘Heroes’. Attention has swiftly turned towards next year’s competition, as the Swedish national broadcaster SVT announced this morning that Stockholm will officially host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Stockholm beat off stiff competition from 2013 host city Malmo, fan-favourite Gothenburg and Linkoping.
The venue for Eurovision 2016 will be the Globe Arena which will play host to Eurovision for the second time, having first hosted the contest back in 2000. Preliminary dates have also been set for the live shows- the Semi-Finals will be held on 10th and 12th May, with the week of concerts culminating in the Grand Final on 14th May 2016. More information about ticket sales are expected in due course, but they are not expected to go on sale until the end of the 2015.
Although many of the participating countries from last year have expressed interest in returning for 2016, a full line up is yet to be confirmed as participating broadcasters have until mid September to confirm their participation.
2015 saw Australia compete in the contest for the first time and EBU President Jon Ola Sand has expressed interest in extending the invite to other guest nations compete as a one off. Could we see USA, Canada, or even China compete in 2016?
Sweden’s win last year has brought them up to second place over all with six wins in total, just one win behind Ireland’s all time record of seven. Could 2016 see another Swedish victory and have them equal the Irish record? Can Ireland up their game and win again for the first time in 20 years?
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