The new year has just begun – time to get ready for the next Eurovision Song Contest! In May, 2015, Europe will be guest in beautiful Vienna. For the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, 39 countries have been announced to take part and will be building bridges together: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Not to forget the Big Five, of course: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom all of which are already set for the Grand Final on May, 23 – as well as host country Austria, thanks to last year’s stunning winner Conchita Wurst.
Three countries return to Eurovision world
The semi-finals will take place on May, 19 and 21. A couple of weeks from now we will get to know whether the participants will perform at the first or the second semi-final. 10 countries from each semi-final will make it to the Grand Final. This year, there are two more participants than last year. While some countries have decided not to take part again, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia are returning after some time of absence. The Czech Republic’s Eurovision history is quickly summarized: They first took part in the contest in 2007 and from then on failed to qualify for the final three times. As a consequence, they withdrew from the contest in 2010 and haven’t taken part since then. Let’s see what the Czech music world will send us in May!
What to expect from Serbia and Cyprus in 2015?
After Marija Šerifović won the Eurovision Song Contest for Serbia in 2007 with the song “Molitva”, Serbia continued to be quite successful in the following years except for the years 2009 and 2012 when they didn’t qualify for the final. A highlight among the Serbian entries was definnitely the one from 2011 – Nina and her performance of the song “Čaroban” brought the 70s back on the Eurovision stage. In 2014, Serbia didn’t take part in the contest due to financial problems, which seem to have been solved by now, fortunately. This is also the case for Cyprus. Maybe they will send us another catchy tune like the one from 2012 – Ivi Adamou’s “La La Love” which you just couldn’t get out of your head once you’ve heard it. In Sweden, they must have really loved this song, because years later it is still played on the radio there!
No more Valentina Monetta for San Marino
Some of this year’s contestants have already chosen their representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna – like Albania, Belarus, Belgium, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, and San Marino. All of which will be presented here soon, of course. Luckily, San Marino didn’t send Valentina Monetta again, so we won’t have to take anymore social network or indecisiveness songs, thank God! Probably, for Valentina (and Ralph Siegel, not to forget!) the qualification for the final last year was more that they have ever hoped for, anyway.