Εurovision 2025: The two potential host-cities will be anounced this Friday

The Swiss newspaper “Blick” reports that the SSR-SRG will select tomorrow evening the possible cities that will host Eurovision 2025, reducing the number of candidate cities from four to two. The official announcement on the selected cities will be made on Friday 20 July.

A total of four cities are bidding to host the upcoming 2025 Eurovision Song Contest in Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich, Bern (together with Bienne) and Basel. Geneva and Zurich are the frontrunners and favourites to advance to the next stage of the race to host Eurovision 2025. Both Geneva and Zurich are bidding to host the event with strong bids and significant financial contributions.

A steering committee overseen by the business firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers will determine the city that will host Eurovision 2025. This committee, headed by Gilles Marchand (CEO of SRG), will meet tomorrow Thursday 19 July and will come up with two candidate cities.

The Eurovision 2025 committee is composed of the following members:

  • Gilles Marchand (SRG Director General)
  • Nathalie Wappler (SRF Director)
  • Mario Timbal ( RSI Director)
  • Beat Grossenbacher  ( SRG Chief Financial Officer)
  • Bakel Walden (SRG Director of Development & Services /Eurovision Reference Group Chairman)

The city that will host Eurovision 2025 is expected to be revealed at the end of August.

Switzerland will host the Eurovision Song Contest following Nemo‘s victory with his song “The code” at Eurovision 2024. This will be the third time in the history of the contest that Switzerland has hosted the contest as it has been the host country in 1956 and 1989.


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Source: ESC Kombakt

Switzerland: Calls for referendums against hosting Eurovision 2025!

The Federal Democratic Union (UDF) is challenging the funding allocated for the Eurovision Song Contest 2025 organization. The party has announced the launch of referendums, with the Alemannic Federation of Taxpayers, closely aligned with the Swiss People’s Party (UDC), primarily targeting Zurich’s candidacy.

The ultra-conservative evangelical party UDF criticizes the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) for evolving into an event with “increasingly anti-Semitic incidents” and “more satanic and occultist contributions.” They cite protests in Malmö, Sweden, against Israel’s participation in the last ESC due to the Gaza war as an example.

According to the UDF, such manifestations predict a high-security risk for the ESC in Switzerland next May. The party aims to coordinate the collection of signatures against the funds allocated for the potential hosting cities: Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Bern/Bienne.

Referendums Planned in Zurich and Bern

On Tuesday, UDF sections in the city and canton of Zurich decided to launch a referendum against the city’s 20 million francs funding framework, approved last Wednesday by the legislature. This money is intended to co-finance the event if Zurich is chosen as the host city for the ESC. The cantonal parliament also approved a 5 million francs credit on Monday.

Last Wednesday, the UDF sections in Bern decided to initiate a referendum against the credits for the joint candidacy of Bern and Bienne. In Bern, UDC and Alternative Green politicians have already submitted a referendum text. At the cantonal level, the UDC and UDF will call for a referendum if the nearly 30 million francs credit is approved by the Grand Council.

“The canton of Bern still has significant debt and some of the highest taxes in Switzerland. In this context, we want strict financial policies,” stated UDC National Councillor Manfred Bühler on Tuesday evening in Forum. He affirmed that the UDC Bern‘s opposition is motivated purely by financial concerns, not socio-cultural conservatism.

However, Cyprien Louis, co-president of the Bern Greens, countered that “the economic, visual, and audiovisual benefits that such an event can bring to the region” should also be considered.

UDF Geneva Supports the Contest

The UDF is also targeting the funding for the Geneva and Basel candidacies. In these cities, the funds have yet to be voted on by their respective parliaments.

However, in Geneva, even the UDF is enthusiastic about the potential of hosting the Eurovision. “The UDF Geneva is excited about the local economic benefits of such an event, whether cultural or sports-related. We regret the disappearance of events like the Geneva Motor Show, which hinders the local economy,” explained Lionel Dugerdil, president of UDF Geneva, in the 12h30 program.

Meanwhile, the Alemannic Federation of Taxpayers is focusing on opposing Zurich’s candidacy. The federation questioned why Zurich taxpayers should co-finance the ESC, calling it “a private event,” and is set to decide on launching a referendum against the city’s funding on Wednesday.

By the end of August, the SSR will choose the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest in consultation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Potential referendums will be possible only afterward.

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Source: RTS

Switzerland: An internal selection for Eurovision 2025 | Song submission will commence soon!

Switzerland, the winning country of Eurovision 2024, officially starts its Eurovision 2025 journey.

Switzerland will use an internal selection process again in order to select its next Eurovision act. The submission window will open on the 8th of August and is expected to be closed two weeks later, on the 22nd of August.

The selection process

The Swiss entry will be selected by a Swiss audience jury along with a 25-member international Eurovision-expert jury. Along with a Swiss audience jury, an international audience will also have its say on the next Swiss act.

The final decision will be known to public in early 2025.

Nemo won last year’s Swiss internal selection and with their entry “The Code“, subsequently won the 68th Eurovision Song Contest and will now bring the contest back to its birthplace, Switzerland.

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Source: srf.ch

The core production team for Eurovision 2025 has been announced

The core production team for the 69th Eurovision Song Contest in Switzerland in 2025 was announced a little earlier.

Swiss public broadcaster SSG SSR has announced several key players who will serve as the main production team behind next year’s competition. These include the positions of Head of Show, Head of Contest, Head of Production etc.

First, Reto Peritz and Moritz Stadler will be the Executive Producers for Eurovision 2025. Together, they will take overall responsibility for the production of the contest.

Under them, the head of show for Eurovision 2025 will be Yves Schifferle, who was the head of the delegation for Switzerland. His role will be to produce the result for the three telecasts – two semi-finals and the final – and functions such as the parade of flags, postcards and the voting series.

Schifferle’s new role means he will not be head of the Swiss delegation this year, with Daniel Meister taking over for 2025.

The usual suspect Christer Björkman, who has headed the contest six times in the past, will be doing his seventh Eurovision as Head of Contest in 2025. He will be in charge of both the performance line-up and the acts on the stage.

He will be joined by Tobias Åberg, who will be the Head of Production responsible for technical production, stage construction and IT infrastructure.

Bernhard Spahni joins the team as project manager. Nadja Burkhardt-Tracol will be the head of the event, making her the main contact with the city chosen to host the competition.

Manfred Winz (Head of Finance), Aurore Chatard (Head of Security), Kevin Stuber (Head of Legal), Thomas Pittino (Head of Marketing & Funding), Vassilis Donikian (Head of HR), Nicole Beutler (Head of Public Affairs), Henriette Engbersen (in her capacity as Head of the Public Value team at SRG) and Till Jendly (Assistant) round out the rest of the team.

The core team will now start working to make next May Eurovision 2025. Of course, it still remains unknown which of the four cities, Geneva, Zurich, Basel or Bern will host the contest. The decision will be announced in August.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2025: Almost half of the Swiss population doesn’t want the Contest to take place in their country!

Despite the country’s victory in the Contest, according to a survey conducted by a local newspaper, almost half of the Swiss population is not positive about the hosting of Eurovision Song Contest in their country.

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Eurovision 2025: The financing offered by the four candidate cities!

We have entered the final stretch for the selection of the city that will now host Eurovision 2025. Zurich, Geneva, Bern and Basel officially submitted their proposals on Friday July 28 and are now awaiting the decision of the Swiss public television and the EBU. But the local authorities of the four cities financially support the candidacies of their cities, wanting to make their candidacy files stronger. But how much money is contained in the envelopes of the four nominations? Let’s see them in detail.

Who offers the most?

Switzerland’s public television, strange as it may seem to you, does not have a prosperous economy. In future, it will receive only 300 instead of 335 francs a year from each household – on Thursday the SRF announced it would cut around 70 full-time jobs by early 2025, while the country’s political forces argue that 200 francs per household is enough. Therefore, the financial assistance that each city receives from its local authorities is important for achieving the final goal, which is the same for all. Taking over the organization of Eurovision 2025!

Geneva offers the most money: the city and the canton offer 30 million francs. Zurich offers 25 million, Basel ten. Bern comes last: 8 million francs. The home canton of Eurovision 2024 winner Nemo offers by far the lowest financial support. “However, money is not everything”, says the mayor of the city.

The selection process

In the coming days, the first online meetings between the Swiss public television and the teams of the four cities will take place. At the end of July, the SRF will announce the two best candidates, which a team from the EBU and the Swiss public television will visit to discuss and see the proposed venues for Eurovision 2025. At the end of August, the city will be announced which will host the 69th Eurovision Song Contest next May.

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Source: Blick

Eurovision 2025: Is the contest taking place on May 17?

After Nemo‘s triumph in Malmö, Switzerland will have the great honor of hosting Eurovision for the first time since 1989. But when will the Contest take place and which are the most likely days?

According to the Swiss newspaper NZZ, the Eurovision Song Contest 2025 looks set to take place during the week of May 11-18, with the three shows being broadcast on May 13, 15 and 17. If the above dates are the correct ones, the Turquoise Carpet will be held on Sunday 11th May. The other possible dates are May 6th, 8th and 10th, but it’s relatively early.

Of course, neither the EBU nor the SRG-SSR have confirmed the official dates of Eurovision 2025. Today is the deadline for cities interested in hosting to submit their proposals to the Swiss public television.

The cities that have declared their interest in claiming the hosting of the Contest are:

  • Zurich
  • Bern & Biel
  • Geneva
  • Basel

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2025, in Switzerland!

Source: nzz.ch

Eurovision 2025: Zurich officially submits a candidacy and reveals details of its proposal!

The city of Zurich has officially applied to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2025. Zurich has a lot of experience in organizing large-scale events and has the right infrastructure and attractive venues: the Hallenstadion with the trade fair, the Landiwiese on Lake Zurich and the Conference Center. The entire effort will also be financed by the city council, with 20 million Swiss francs.

Eurovision offers the city of Zurich the opportunity to present itself as a cosmopolitan cultural city and an attractive travel destination. “Zurich and Eurovision: a perfect match. Zurich is just as colourful, just as lively, just as diverse. We can and want to manage this big project,” says Mayor Corine Mauch.

With Zurich Airport and Zurich Central Train Station, the city is well connected for both international visitors and visitors from all parts of Switzerland.

The details of its candidacy

Zurich has extensive experience in planning and implementing large events. With the Hallenstadion, the city of Zurich offers the right infrastructure for the competition. As the largest event hall in Switzerland, the Hallenstadion has approximately 15,000 seats and, together with the immediately adjacent Zurich Trade Fair, has plenty of room for the space required.

In addition to the live performances in the Hallenstadion, various concerts, public screenings and public events take place in the “Eurovision Village”. For the “Eurovision Village”, the city of Zurich has a square near the center, the Landiwiese, right on the shores of Lake Zurich. The Zurich Convention Center is planned to be the third official Eurovision location in the city of Zurich. For example, ‘EuroClub’ can be hosted there.

As a contribution to the overall cost of planning and implementing the ESC, the city council is applying to the local council for a grant of 20 million francs. The loan is subject to the condition that the contract from SRG and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) goes to the city of Zurich.

Zurich is considered the favorite to host Eurovision 2025, next May. But three more cities are vying for the event. Geneva, Basel and Bern. The final decision is expected to be announced in August.

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Source: stadt

Switzerland: Four cities in the running for Eurovision 2025!

The deadline for interested cities to submit bids to host Eurovision 2025 draws near, as announced by Swiss public television. According to the website of the Swiss public television, Zürich, Geneva, Basel, and Bern are the four cities competing for the hosting of the 69th Eurovision Song Contest.

The Swiss public television provides us with information regarding the four potential host cities, while presenting their pros and cons.

Bern

The local cantonal government has finally supported the idea of hosting Eurovision 2025 in Bern, the nation’s capital and fourth most populous city, despite Bern’s initial hesitation to submit a bid. For this reason, the local government is negotiating a 7 million euro grant. The proposed venue, Bernexpo, has 9,000 seats, but it won’t be ready until April 2025. A small airport and a limited availability of accommodation is indeed a challenge, though.

Basel

Basel appears to have high expectations for winning the race for the hosting of the 2025 Eurovision Song Contest. With a capacity of 12,000 spectators, St. Jakobshalle is its candidacy. Basel has experience with these kinds of events, holding a vibrant festival called Art Week each year.

Geneva

For many, the city that serves as the EBU’s headquarters is ideal. Cheap accommodation is guaranteed by its proximity to the French border, and tourists can quickly and easily travel there every day by bus and train. All of the main European destinations are connected to the city’s international airport. Palexpo, which has a 15,000 seat capacity, is the suggested location. The only drawback to Geneva’s candidacy is its lack of vibrant nightlife.

Zürich

The largest city in Switzerland is also the clear favorite to host Eurovision 2025. The city is regarded as the heart of the country’s LGBTQ+ community, and it has unlimited options for accommodation and a major airport. There are two potential venues: the Hallenstadion (15,000 seats) and the Swiss Life Arena (12,000 seats).

The decision is expected to be made in late August.

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Source: SRF

Switzerland: Nemo gets hero’s welcome in their hometown

Eurovision winner Nemo received a hero’s welcome on Monday as they took to the stage to give their Swiss hometown of Biel a celebratory rendition of the highly personal song “The Code”.

Five weeks on the 24-year-old was back in Biel for a special ceremony laid on by the town — which now hopes to host next year’s Eurovision.

Around 2,000 locals were in Biel’s main square — which Nemo used to walk through on the way to school — to see the artist receive a trophy and a giant bouquet of flowers, and perform “The Code”.

The Eurovision-winning song encapsulates Nemo’s journey towards realising their non-binary gender identity, and combines rap, drum and bass and opera. Nemo dedicated their victory to the “entire LGBTQIA+ community”.

To screams and a sea of camera phones, Nemo appeared on stage in a oversized pink fluffy hat and blew kisses to the crowd, which chanted their name.

“Thank you, everyone. I want to say it’s a great honour to be here, and I love you, Biel,” the singer said.

– ‘The right message’ –

The artist then signed autographs and posed for pictures with the crowd, many of whom voiced their pride in the singer’s journey to the top.

“He spreads out love and I think this is such a good thing. I want to support this,” said Gerlinka Neumayer.

“He is at the right time at the right place, with the right message. And he opens up many doors,” said Suzanne Castleberg.

Marie Schueppen also said Nemo “gives a positive message, and this is important for me”.

Now living in Berlin, Nemo sang “The Code” at the Zurich Pride Festival on Friday, in a first performance since winning Eurovision.

“The last few weeks have been completely crazy, everything has happened very quickly,” the singer told journalists before going on stage Monday.

Known by both its German and French names, Biel/Bienne in northwest Switzerland is the largest bilingual city in the country and the heart of the Alpine nation’s watchmaking industry.

“The spirit of tonight is Biel meets Nemo; Nemo meets Biel,” the town’s mayor Erich Fehr told AFP.

“Nemo’s victory is very important for our city because everybody in the whole of Europe is talking about Biel.

“We are very, very proud.”

– Battle for Eurovision 2025 –

Nemo is Switzerland’s third Eurovision winner after victories in 1956 and 1988. As per tradition, the Swiss will now host next year’s song contest.

Biel, in the canton of Bern, is looking at potentially co-hosting the event with the nation’s capital, though bigger cities like Zurich or Geneva might get chosen.

“We don’t have large enough infrastructure and we don’t have hotel capacities,” admitted Fehr.

“But Bern and Biel together, that will work — and that much’s more interesting than Geneva, which is only French, or Zurich, that’s only German,” he said, referring to the languages spoken.

“But Biel and Bern, German and French: that’s Switzerland.”

Dominique Buhler, president of the Bern canton’s parliament, said the region had a compelling case to offer the multi-lingual TV spectacular.

She told AFP that Nemo’s victory was “incredible and it shows that anything is possible”.

“You just have to follow your dreams, dream big… it’s definitely inspiring for all of us.”

Nemo last week announced a 24-date, 17-country European concert tour entitled “Break The Code”, for March and April next year.

The tour includes shows in London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and Vienna — a far cry from the Burgplatz square in Biel.

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Source: 24news