DR, the Danish national broadcaster has announced that the initial dates for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest have been changed from 13, 15, 17 May to 6,8 and 10 May 2014.
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Semifinals will be held on 6 and 8 May, whilst the grand final will be held on 10 May. This decision has been taken by DR and EBU in order to suit and fit the schedules of the bidding cities : Herning , Copenhagen and Horsens.
We should also note that the contest has always been held between mid May to end of May in the last 15-16 years. The earliest the our favourite television show was held in the last 15-16 years was in Stockholm 200o and in Helsinki 2007 on 12 May and the latest in Jerusalem 1999 and in Oslo 2010 on May 29. The last time the contest was held so early was in 1998 in Birmingham on May 9.
Mr Jan Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest has added: The Host Broadcaster DR explored all options, and came to the conclusion that they keep maximum flexibility in chosing a venue and host city by scheduling the Final for the 10th of May.
Ms. Pernille Gaardbo, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest executive producer (DR) also expressed her thoughts regarding the change of dates : We have tried to find a date that suits the cities that currently compete for hosting and which also fits our European colleagues,
Denmark won the right to host the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest when Emmelie De Forest triumphed at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo with Only Teardrops, bringing back the grand prix to Danish soil for the 3rd time.
A total of 3 cities along with 4 venues are bidding to host the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark next year. DR is yet to announce its decision on the host city. DR and the EBU will evaluate all bids and proposals and an annoucement regarding the host city is expected during the summer or by early autumn.
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