Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final
The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will always be known as one of the events that went far beyond its borders and its stories found worldwide attention. From huge audience input for the shows, the global sensation its winner became to some of the highest viewer numbers in the past decade, the Copenhagen contest became a landmark one.
It all started already in the summer of 2013 when DR, the Danish broadcaster, took the challenge and promised to 'modernise the contest'. This they took to another level, when the show producers announced that audience input through social media would be used for the shows in May.
People all over the world flocked to submit their ideas for the shows and posted clips of singing the Danish winning song Only Teardrops or dancing. In the end, that was what DR had had as their guiding light for this contest - the whole of Europe to join them.
But there was another story that got even more attention. It was the story of Conchita Wurst. She had already been in the Austrian selection the year before but in September 2013, the Austrian broadcaster ORF announced it would be her who would carry their flag in Copenhagen.
No song was yet revealed for the drag artist and in fact, became one of the very last songs to be introduced to the public. But there was no stopping of her Rise Like A Phoenix and the self-titled 'bearded lady' won the contest with a smashing 290 points.
However, this did not end there. Immediately after her victory, she became a worldwide phenomenon with show business royalty, from Cher and Elton John to Jean-Paul Gaultier giving her support with huge attention also in Austria.
It wasn’t only the winner that became a huge success but also several of the other songs. One of the biggest successes after the contest, was the Dutch entry Calm After The Storm by The Common Linnets which climbed on top of many charts across Europe and was hailed for its quality.
A little more
- Under new rules, the names of all jury members were announced on the 1st of May. Additionally, the ranking submitted by each individual jury member for all shows were published right after the Final. To increase diversity, music industry professionals could now only take a seat in a national jury if they had not been in the jury during one of the previous two editions of the contest.
- Aram MP3 was the main favourite to win before the contest but in the end, finished fourth.
- Valentina Monetta took part for the third consecutive time for San Marino and for the first time, the country qualified for the Final with her Maybe (Forse).
- Formerly, the world’s biggest shipyard, B&W Hallerne staged the world’s biggest entertainment show.
- 2014 was also a turbulent year for public broadcasters all over Europe. It was the year when the Greek broadcaster was revamped and opened as a new one, the financial crisis caused the Cypriot and Croatian broadcasters not to be able to take part but also brought back Portugal. In the end, 37 countries took part, with Slovenia joining the ranks at the very last minute.
- Several cities were in the running to become the host city but in the end, Copenhagen was chosen.
- Some 195 million viewers tuned in for this contest.
- The show was co-hosted by Pilou Asbæk, who had become world-famous in the political drama Borgen.