Albania: Elhaida Dani will be the artistic director of Festivali i Këngës 63!

One of Albania’s most famous and successful singersElhaida Dani, is going to return to the country’s greatest music festival, Festivali i Këngës, but this time, not as a contestant! Read more

Eurovision 2025: Bern and Biel/Bienne Considering Joint Bid to Host!

Bern and Biel/Bienne Municipal Councils are considering a joint bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2025. The de facto capital of Switzerland Bern as well as the birthplace of this year’s Eurovision winner Nemo, Biel/Bienne are examining the possibility of hosting the Eurovision song contest at the Bernexpo Groupe Exhibition Center.

In a statement by the Biel Council, they said:

“Hosting the major event in Nemo’s home region is therefore a logical step and would be a great opportunity from the point of view of the cities of Bern and Biel. The ESC offers the venue enormous exposure and would fit in well with the diverse, open and bilingual capital region of Bern and Biel.”

The potential venue for the contest is Bern Festhalle, while Tissot Arena in Biel/Bienne will host other competition -related events.

The same statement also mentioned the following:

“The three partners will now jointly examine the detailed requirements dossier from the SRG in detail. In particular, it must be clarified whether the very high requirements for the venue can be met as part of an application. This involves issues such as security, logistics and the high costs that the venue will incur. The new festival hall meets the requirements of a modern event infrastructure and will be ready in time for the ESC to take place. 

A final decision as to whether an application will be submitted has not yet been made. This will be made within the application period until the end of June. The municipal councils of Bern and Biel as well as those responsible for the Bernexpo Groupe are convinced that the ESC would be a great celebration and a unique opportunity. They therefore hope that a joint application will be possible. At the same time, it is important to all those involved to only submit an application dossier if there is a real chance of being awarded the contract.”

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

Source: Biel

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Germany: NDR will remain the responsible broadcaster for Eurovision!

It is now official that despite the discussions that took place during the season, NDR will remain the responsible broadcaster of Germany’s participation in Eurovision, within the ARD network. Read more

Eurovision 2025: Zürich is the favourite city to host, according to the betting odds!

Even though the city of Zürich, has not yet confirmed that it will claim the hosting of Eurovision 2025, it is already the favourite of the betting companies, to win this process and host next year’s contest.

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Belgium: There will be no open song submission for Eurosong 2025!

VRT, Belgium ‘s public broadcaster, confirmed a while ago that there will be no open submission process for Eurosong 2025, the country’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2025!

After a public protest by Joeri Fransen, VRT stated the reasons why there will not be an open submission process, through the channel’s General Music Coordinator:

“We have abandoned the elimination race that is ‘Eurosong’. ‘ used to be, and will no longer be, organizing preliminary rounds, semi-finals and a final,” says Kerremans. “We have noticed that such a formula is especially interesting for novice artists who could use any exposure, but it deters many established artists because of the possible loss of face. We have also abandoned the formula whereby absolutely everyone can submit a song. In the past we received thousands of submissions and that put too many songwriters to work unnecessarily.”

The process that will now be followed will be similar to the one that VRT followed in 2023.

After the channel contacted record labels, it already has a shortlist of potential artists, who will be asked to submit two songs by September, when VRT will select the finalists for the national final.

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Eurovision 2025: Cities interested in hosting have received a detailed requirements catalogue!

Preparations for Eurovision 2025 have already started in Switzerland and on its public broadcaster, SRG SSR, and we are already one step closer to knowing the first important detail about the upcoming contest, the host city! Read more

Eurovision 2025: Zurich’s decision on bidding for the upcoming contest expected in June!

As we have previously informed you, Zurich has confirmed to the Swiss media that is thinking about submitting a bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2025.

Hence, today the Zurich City Council declared that it will make a decision by the end of June regarding whether or not to submit a bid to host Eurovision 2025.

Before making a decision on whether to submit a bid or not, the City Council stated that they need further details on what needed to host the event. As a result, SRG SSR, the host of the 2025 Eurovision Song Contest, will soon provide background information on the contest’s planning. The Zurich City Council will decide whether or not to participate by the end of June, having received and taken into account information regarding the event’s key dates.

So far, four Swiss cities have expressed their interest in hosting:

  • Basel
  • Geneva
  • St. Gallen
  • Zurich

The 69th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Switzerland, following Nemo’s win in Malmö with “The Code“.

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Source: Tagesanzeiger

Latvia: The country’s parliament will discuss a potential withdrawal from Eurovision!

Latvia managed to qualify for the Grand Final of Eurovision this year, for the first time since 2016, but even that wasn’t enough for a large amount of citizens, that are calling for the country’s withdrawal from the Contest! Read more

Eurovision 2025: Grand Final to be held on May 10?

According to Swiss media reports, the most likely date for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2025 is  May 10.

Local Swiss media reported that the CEO of the Hallenstadion in Zurich, a venue that could host the competition next May, said that the unofficial date for the final is May 10. It is said that the venue has been told by SRG SRR that it should be free for 6-8 weeks from early April to mid-May. In particular Philipp Musshafen, CEO of Hallenstadion, reported:

“The ESC is the biggest music event in the world. 180 million spectators! That would be invaluable advertising for Zurich, but also for the Hallenstadion. We were told to reserve six to eight weeks from around the beginning of April to mid-May 2025. With a possible, still unofficial, date for the final on May 10th.”

In recent years, the competition has been hosted in the middle weeks of May and the dates of May 6, 8 and 10 would fit this trend. The only major event around these dates that can “conflict” with Eurovision is the UEFA Europa League semi-final taking place on 8 May.

The dates 13, 15 and 17 May would both be free of major ‘clashes’ with other major pan-European events and still be in ‘mid-May 2025’. At present, no dates have been officially announced by the EBU or the broadcaster.

Eurovision 2025

The Eurovision 2025 song contest will be held in Switzerland following Nemo’s win with “The Code”. Switzerland won the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time, having won the 1956 and 1988 editions. Discussions will be held in the coming weeks with potential host cities across Switzerland.

Source: escxtra

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Kosovo will apply to compete in Eurovision 2025!

A few days ago, RTK, the public broadcaster of Kosovo, announced that it plans to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2025, taking place in Switzerland. Read more