Dance Contest 2009 to Baku, Azerbaijan

Dance Contest 2009 to Baku, Azerbaijan
Last year's Azerbaijani contestants at the Eurovision Dance Contest
Geneva, Switzerland -

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Eurovision TV are proud to announce that the third Eurovision Dance Contest (EDC) will take place in September this year at the Heydar Aliev Sports and Concert Complex (SCC) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The 135-minute show will be broadcast live across Europe via the Eurovision Network at 21:00 CET. Nearly 8,000 spectators are expected to attend the show in Baku's largest concert arena.

The event is organised by the EBU and will be hosted by its Azerbaijani Member, Ictimai Television. The concept of an international dance competition was initiated by the International Dance Sport Federation (IDSF) and transformed into a TV show by two UK production companies, Splash Media and Sunset+Vine. The EBU finally included the show in its family of Eurovision events.

The first two editions of the show were hosted successfully by the BBC in 2007 and 2008. Azerbaijan's public service broadcaster, Ictimai Television, then won the EBU tender to serve as host broadcaster for the 2009 edition.

"The EBU is very pleased with the level of commitment, professionalism and high spirit expressed by Ictimai, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Azerbaijani DanceSport Federation in the negotiations following Ictimai's bid to become host broadcaster," says Bjørn Erichsen, Director of Eurovision TV. "We truly look forward to this production by one of the EBU's newest Members."

The Eurovision Dance Contest is the newest addition to the family of Eurovision events. Fifty four years after the launch of the Eurovision Song Contest and the creation of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a few years ago, this new show brings together the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing and the Song Contest's live and unpredictable drama, with a scoreboard, foreign hosts, and of course - the "douze points".

Participating EBU broadcasters will each be represented by a couple dancing a freestyle choreography inspired by the country they represent. In addition to being judged by a panel of experts in the arena, the European audience at home will cast their vote by televoting and text voting to determine this year's winner of the Grand Prix Dancing title.


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  • Posted on 20/May 2010 at 17:19
    oh,very good!Because Baku is very beautiful and modern city.Tourists will love Baku report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/July 2009 at 13:19
    No to są jakies żarty
    przecież polska wygrała
    eurowizje 2008 i to ona
    powinna byc organizatorem
    Nierozumiem, poprostu
    nierozumiem- okradliscie
    nas polaków z konkursu
    to było dla nas wazne report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27/May 2009 at 17:27
    Eurovision Dance Contest in Azerbaijan??? Why!? Poland win EDC 2008! I don't understand:(( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/May 2009 at 19:12
    eğer benim ülkem kazanamazsa kardeş ülkem kazansın inşallah report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9/April 2009 at 20:36
    hey Europe Azerbaijan waiting u.welcome to Azerbaijan!!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/March 2009 at 08:04
    2 atilla
    do not waste your time at all. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/March 2009 at 15:16
    by razikol1990......................
    There is not you (the) name of that university news of your drown from (the) history.
    Go and read history.
    Everything of all historians knows to (the) people, but you nothing.
    Occupier named (the) historian of even Armenian such nation.
    Continue to speak idlelyly report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/March 2009 at 15:06
    You song is quite weak
    But our song is excellent
    SHUT UP V-ARMENIA-G report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/March 2009 at 19:37
    qardaşlar sahın olaki sinirlerinizi bozmayın. herkes ermenilerin nasıl oldugunu biliyor. siz onların seviyelerıne inmeyin. tarih gelecek onlar görecekler. bizler sizin yanınızdayız her zaman. qardaş ülke TÜRKİYE.iki devlet bir millet. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/March 2009 at 13:38
    DAY1990
    Qardaş, o ermənilər ağızlarına gələni yazmaqla öz səviyyələrini göstərirlər. Sən çalış heç ermənilərin səhifəsinə heç nə göndərmə. Sən göndərdikçə onalrın ziyarətçi sayı artır. Digərləri də elə bilirlər kiç ermənilərin mahnısının nə isə dəyəri var. Amma əslində 3 köpüklük uğursuz oğurluq mix-dir.

    Bəzən onlara good luck-da yazmaq olar. Bu siyasətdir. Qoy biz yox onlar aqressiv görsənsin. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/March 2009 at 10:39
    Atilla QARDAS XETRIME DEYMIR AMA TERCUMEYE GELINCE ONLARI IH=NGILIS DILI BILZDEN DE BETERDIR
    SADECE OLARAQ SENIN DEDIKLERINI DOGRULUYURAM
    AMA ONLARIN AZERBAYCAN HAQDA YAZDIQLARINI BILMIRSEN
    OLA BILISIN TELESDIM
    AMA ININ KI BURDADA IKI TEREFLILIK VAR report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/March 2009 at 05:46
    2 Narutothebiatch,

    Aşağıdakıları mən sənə deyil, DAY1990-a yazmisham. Sənin DAY1990-a yazdıqlarını da oxumuşam və dəstəkləyirəm.

    Bu arada hazırlıqsız İngiliscəni bu cür inkişaf etdirməni alqışlamaq istəyirəm. Bəzən mənə elə gəlir ki, mən millətçiyəm amma doğrudan da AZƏRBAYCANLILAR istedadda birincidir. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/March 2009 at 20:48
    Yox ingilis dilini men hazirliqsiz zadsiz oyrenmishem:) tercume programindanda istifade etmirem! sadece "oturub durduqum" ushaqlar hammisi ingilterede, americada tehsil alanlardir(bele pis cixmasin). grammatic sehvler heri! amma berbad deyil oz aramizdi.bu arada senin sozunden incimirem senin mene yazdiqlarini men ermenilerin sehifesinde dayi1990e yazmisham
    vse k. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/March 2009 at 06:41
    2 DAY1990

    Qardaş, sənin Ermənilərə yazdığın şərhləri oxudum. Bilirsən başa düşürəm onlara o da azdır. Amma axı Avropa onları yaxşı tanımır, daha doğrusu onları yaxşı tərəfdən tanıyır. Buna görə də sənin şərhlərin ölkəmiz haqqında mənfi təsəvvür formalaşdırır. Hər şeyin zamanı var. Vaxt gələcək bizim haqq səsimiz onlarınkını susduracaq. Amma biraz səbrli ol. Onlara İngiliscənə lağ etməyə fürsət vermə.
    Və tərcümə lüğətləri İngiliscəni çox bərbad vəziyyətə salır.
    SƏN MƏNİM SOYDAŞIMSAN, CANIMSAN. LÜTFƏN YAZDIQLARIM XƏTRİNƏ DƏYMƏSİN. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 5/March 2009 at 06:30
    2 Narutothebiatch,
    Ok bro as you wish.
    Narimanov I do not like either

    Narutothebiatch, I read that Armenians are planning to block the SMS's that will come to Azerbaijan from Moldova and Ukraine in the semifinal. How can they block? No clue. What do you think about it? report to the moderator