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Interesting facts about Eurovision 2013»

The international pop song contest “Eurovision”, which in the past made famous all over the world such famous artists as ABBA and Celine Dion, every year attracts from 100 to 200 million people in more than 60 countries.

The main feature of the current 58th Eurovision song contest 2013, which will be held from 14 to 18 may in the Swedish city of Malmo, is its economy and a kind of chamber.

Although it will be held in one of the most prosperous countries in Europe, no more than 20 million euros will be spent on it, compared to the 40 million spent last year in Azerbaijan. The event will take place in a concert hall much smaller than usual (with a capacity of 15,000 spectators), it will involve much less lighting effects and reduce the number of days allotted to participants for rehearsals.

These savings are primarily due to budget constraints and widespread austerity across Europe affected by the financial crisis. Also, the organizers of the contest hope that the new approach will help revive interest in Eurovision from not very rich countries that are experiencing financial difficulties and periodically refuse to participate in it for this reason.

In General, according to the plans of the organizers, the current event will be more chamber, as a result of which the music should be the focus of attention, and not the special effects that amaze the audience. It was last year’s winning performance by Swedish singer Lorin, who, without relying on special effects, just sang her song from the heart, that set the tone for this year’s event.

In recent years, the countries that hosted Eurovision tried their best to surpass each other with various technological innovations, the number of special effects and the scale of the a result, the contest turned into a kind of race of “budgets” and “special effects”. This was especially noticeable in Moscow in 2009 and Azerbaijan in 2012.

In General, Azerbaijan spent 45 million euros on organizing the show and another 100 million invested in the hasty construction of a new concert hall. As a result, Eurovision 2012 became the most expensive in its history.

Such a broad – based approach to the organization of the competition results in very significant costs for the countries conducting it. As a result, representatives of countries experiencing financial difficulties sometimes expect their performers to win the competition with horror, because it is known that the country that won the Eurovision song contest will have to host it next year — and this means tens of millions of euros for its organization.

Refusals to participate in Eurovision 2013»

In 2012, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Morocco, Monaco, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia refused to participate in Eurovision due to financial difficulties.

Turkey also refused to participate in the competition, but not because of financial problems, but because of disagreement with the existing voting system in the competition and because of the status of the “Big five”countries. Turkey does not agree that the five founding countries of the competition – great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain-qualify for the final automatically.

Why Malmo?

Malmo arena-Eurovision 2013 will be held here

The candidates for Eurovision 2013 were three cities — Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo.

The idea of holding a competition at the Globen Arena in Stockholm was rejected because of the ice hockey world championship held there.

Then they rejected the “Scandinavium” arena in Gothenburg, where the traditional horse show will be held.

As a result, the choice fell on the city of Malmo, on the “Malmö Arena” with a capacity of up to 15,500 spectators.

Interesting facts about Eurovision song contest in Sweden

Sweden has hosted Eurovision 4 times in the past: in 1975, 1985, 1992, and 2000. Thus, Sweden will host the competition for the fifth time, with Malmo hosting it for the second time (the first was in 1992).

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