No Eurovision winner's tour in 2009

by Richard West-Soley 79 views

Time issues and organisational costs mean that there will be no Eurovision Song Contest winner's tour after this year's competition. The news was reported by after receiving confirmation from the European Broadcasting Union.

Marija and Dima, winners of the 2007 and 2008 contests respectively, were both whisked around Europe on whirlwind concert trails after Eurovision victory. Marija took 'Molitva' to Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany, while Dima visited Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, France and San Marino.

But now, the EBU is quoted as saying "we did two exciting tours with the winners of the previous two song contests. However, the time and the costs of organizing such a tour did not weigh against the advantages. Then you have to be realistic and focus on the more successful elements of the format."

Instead, it is expected that the winning act's management will be responsible for capitalising on the international opportunities and exposure offered by a win at Eurovision.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site