Svante Stockselius says Eurovision farewell

Svante Stockselius says Eurovision farewell
Svante Stockselius
Geneva, Switzerland -

Svante Stockselius (54), Executive Supervisor of the Junior- and Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of the EBU since 2003, has decided to resign from his position at the end of 2010. The upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be the 26th and last Eurovision event under his supervision.

Apart from supervising the two contests on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union, Stockselius has been Executive Producer of the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. In 2002, he was the architect of the new Melodifestivalen format, which has grown out to Europe's most successful national selection event for the Eurovision Song Contest.

In an exclusive statement to Eurovision.tv, Stockselius said: "When I took this challenge nearly eight years ago, the Eurovision Song Contest was at a crucial cross road. Since then it is has become one of the greatest TV-entertainment events in the world! After the successes of Moscow and Oslo, I decided that now would be a good moment to say farewell, and to give others the opportunity to take the event to the next level."

Under Stockselius' supervision, a generic logo, a pan-European sponsor platform and semi-finals were introduced, while the involvement of professional juries was re-introduced as well.

"We have managed to get a fair voting system and I've had the pleasure of working with a great team at the EBU, with the members of the Reference Group, with great teams at over a dozen host broadcasters and with many delegations from over 40 countries," the outgoing Executive Supervisor said, jokingly adding that "after being seen on television by a cumulative number of over one billion people, it is time to move on!"

Stockselius joined the EBU shortly after the 2003 contest in Latvia and has, by the end of his mission, served the EBU for nearly eight years.

Jørgen Franck, TV Director ad interim of the European Broadcasting Union, said: "With the departure of Svante Stockselius we say goodbye to a highly respected colleague, one of Europe's most experienced TV-producers and someone who has his Eurovision heart at the right place. He brought the song contest to where it is today, and deserves credit for the growing appreciation of the brand. We are grateful for his contribution to the Junior- and Eurovision Song Contest and we are looking forward to working with him one more time in Minsk, where the 8th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place."

The search for a successor will shortly commence, and is likely to be completed before the end of the year.

An exclusive, in-depth interview with Svante Stockselius, in which he will share some of his most memorable moments and untold stories from behind the scenes, will be published on Eurovision.tv in December!


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  • Posted on 14 September 2010 at 11:25
    We'll miss you Svante on ESC. Your imagine is like an symbol of this music contest.
    Good luck to you and thank you for everything you did for music lovers around the world. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 September 2010 at 10:14
    I dont know but i dont like this man. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6 September 2010 at 09:28
    The onliest fair voting system would be that each person has one vote (1 phone = 1 call [x3 numbers to pick?]). that's all.
    it would not be difficult to engage it technically. however, stockselsius was interested in fair results less than in capturing money. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 September 2010 at 16:05
    Svante Stockselius definitely should not go.
    Are managed in a way because you're so beautiful. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 September 2010 at 14:28
    Noooooooo!!!
    I couldn't believe it, when I saw the news.
    Eurovision won't be the same without you!!
    Seeing Svante after the lines close is for me one of the highlights of the show. It's like seeing a very good acquaintance.
    I will miss you!
    PS! I hope that the voting system stays the same as it was this year. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 September 2010 at 02:21
    Oh no, that's sad. Mr. Stockselius is very talented supervisor. He is like the face of the Eurovision. Thank you for your dedication Mr. Stockselius. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 September 2010 at 01:32
    Ohhh...Mr.Svante is the personality who gives the image to the contest...Personally, I think he did a good work on the contest but I hope his sucessor pays more attention to the fans and helps the contest to become more fair.

    Thanks for the dedication, Mr. Svante,
    felicidades and see you soon ;)

    From Portugal,
    Rita Alexandra report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 August 2010 at 23:03
    so long Svante and thank you report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 August 2010 at 20:17
    I'm shocked. He has done a great job for Eurovision. But I wish him all the best of luck for the future... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 August 2010 at 19:32
    Seeing Svante leave Eurovision will be like Manchester United without Sir Alex Ferguson.
    A great Eurovision legend who has made important changes to the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2010 at 22:48
    coming back from holidays and seeing that first... :(Tooo bad..svante did a lot for eurovision and most important he provided a fair voting system capable of decreasing the injustices done...hoping his succesor will have the same ideas with svante if we want contests as good the last two when the truly popular and good songs were voted and not some vomitive diaspora and politics favored countries and he will not fall under the pressure of all the eastern block who keeps complaining on it since they lost their usual fixed televotes.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2010 at 22:17
    NOOO!!! Please, no!!!! Without Svante Eurovision is not Eurovision!!! since 2003 Eurovision become the Europe's favorite show!!!! NO!!! You cannot!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2010 at 20:36
    so sad , but i wish you all the best for the future report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2010 at 20:02
    you did a great job..... good luck for the future report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2010 at 19:56
    bye, svante, we'll miss you , i will like his or her ( i will like a woman in that job) succesor being from the russian federation report to the moderator