Following the aftermath and anticipation after rumours, speculation and initial news reports stating that the BBC would be organizing the 60th Eurovision Song Contest anniversary show, ESCToday decided to contact the broadcaster in order to shed more light into the matter.
The BBC has told ESCToday that its planning to make an announcement regarding the special 60th Eurovision Anniversary Show in due course, the broadcaster is neither confirming nor denying that it will be responsible to organize the show:
We will make an announcement in due course. Stay tuned!
Details regarding the show, the hosts, the venue, the format and the host city for the 60th Eurovision Anniversary Special show are expected to be revealed soon. The BBC remains tight lipped regarding this issue.
The story so far:
Last October Belgian news website tuner.be reported that the EBU has designated the British national broadcaster BBC the task to organize a special 60th Anniversary Eurovision Song Contest show in 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall in London with a live audience.
The Belgian site went on to report that the show will be hosted by BBC’s TV host Graham Norton and the 2013 Swedish Eurovision host Petra Mede. Former Eurovision winners Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014), Lordi (Finland 2006) and Loreen (Sweden 2012) are expected to grace the occasion, according to the Belgian website.
Herefafter ESCToday contacted the EBU last October regarding this issue and received the following statement:
There are various exciting proposals from Member Broadcasters on the table to celebrate the 60th anniversary beyond the contest in May, which are currently in the final stages of being evaluated. A decision is expected shortly, so stay tuned!
Speculation regarding the 60th Anniversary Special Show rose even more last week after an interview with the Executive Producer of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Edgar Böhm. Speaking in an interview with eurosong.be, Edgar Böhm revealed:
The anniversary of the song contest is covered by a BBC show, they are looking back in the history.
Hereafter eurosong.be went on to interview the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand. When asked about the 60th anniversary show, Jon Ola Sand revealed:
It’s not yet decided. We’re still working on something that might be a concert from London, but of course we will coordinate very well between what’s happening [in Vienna] in May and what will happen there or somewhere else.
The Eurovision Song Contest will celebrate its 60th edition next year in Vienna. The Eurovision Song Contest was born on 24 May in Lugano in 1956 with a total of 7 countries battling for the grand prix: The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, France and Belgium.
In 2005 the Eurovision Song Contest celebrated its golden anniversary (50 years) and a special show was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. DR the Danish national broadcaster was responsible for organizing Congratulations – The 50th Anniversary Eurovision Special.