Dates announced for 2013 Contest

Dates announced for 2013 Contest
Jon Ola Sand Executive Supervisor Photo: Elke Roels (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

At the EBU Press Conference held this afternoon in Baku, the provisional dates were announced for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. The Final of the 58th edition will take place on Saturday the 18th of May, 2013, with the First Semi-Final on Tuesday 14th May, and the Second Semi-Final on Thursday 16th May.

On stage for the conference was Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor, Sietse Bakker, the Event Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest and Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser the new Media Director of the EBU, and representing Ictimai TV the Host Broadcaster, Adil Kermu, Tahir Mamadov and Camran Agasi.

The conference started with remarks on the 2012 contest, the main points were;

  • Challenges of the brand new venue. Finished just a few weeks ago.
  • Worked for spectators and the technical crew.
  • The Crystal Hall was not solely built for the contest and will be used for other events.
  • Televoting returned to 15 minutes Previously it didn't increase the total number of votes, and that most people still voted during the recap. It also meant in the past few years, having increased work on the captions for each song.
  • Successful staging of First Semi-Final
  • There were some in ear problems for the Romanian entry, which regrettably can happen in a live show, but fortunately Romania made the final.
  • Voting was validated by Price Waterhouse Cooper.
  • Diverse result between jury and televoting
  • Eight songs agreed by both juries and televoters, but one was thanks to televoters and one made it thanks to the jury.
  • Albania did not broadcast live, due to news of a tragic bus crash in their country.
  • Significant buzz on social media about the contest.
  • Five out of ten trended topics on twitter were on Eurovision,
  • Half a million followers on Facebook
  • Programme Book is available as an e-book, so viewers can download it via and follow everything at home.
  • Archive project on full speed. Digitalised and restored to obtain the best copies of each year. First phase completed as we approach the 60th contest in 2015.
  • Secure future for the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Possible that future contests may be on a smaller scale and there may be possible changes to rehearsal schedules to economise on time and financial costs..
  • 60th anniversary is approaching in 2015 and looking at ways to celebrate it, and discussions are taking place with various broadcasters.

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  • Posted on 10 January 2013 at 18:31
    Hello, I would like to us if you allow anyone to join your contest even not a european?? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 May 2012 at 23:50
    I believe that 60 song contest should be held in Russia, because there was the most beautiful show. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 May 2012 at 15:44
    love the eurovision when will tickets go on sale for 2013 ? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 May 2012 at 12:13
    In my opinion you ought to review the professional jury, I doubt that there is no favoritism, why Russia is carried high scores of the professional jury, with that song, which can be affectionate, friendly, but not a track star, they take that and other songs Spain and UK or not, maybe you ought to review the jury'' professional.'' report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 May 2012 at 20:36
    Where in Sweden will the 2013 contest be held? Stockholm? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 May 2012 at 12:33
    all ready hoping to get to go next year, 60 celebration UK we have best iconic venue the 02 and loads more after the olympics report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 May 2012 at 05:48
    In my opinion, for the 60th anniversary. We should return to the first venue of the Eurovision Song Contest. There we have another "congratulations" styled show, but instead, it's acts from the last 15 winners doing battle again for the best song in 15 years. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 May 2012 at 02:16
    They should leave the top ten in to the finals next yr nd so on!im tired of watching all the songs before the grand final!its not as exciting!they should also try to do something about the block voting by countries report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 23:06
    My favourites are Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Cyprus, Spain, Sweden, and U.K. but they all did great job so good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 23:03
    My favourites are Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Spain, Sweden, U.K., but good luck to them all, I am sure they all have chance as they all been pretty good. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 02:01
    ICELAND OR ITALY 2013 <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 May 2012 at 01:58
    ICELAND 2013 <3 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 17:51
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 10:46 please have the semi-finals 2 uploaded at your WebTV. I was not able to watch it because it aired at 7AM in my country.

    Hope that we will be able to watch it. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 May 2012 at 01:20
    Calm down everyone
    Sweden is gonna win Eurovision 2012
    And Eurovision 2013 is gonna be in Stockholm
    So stop dreaming :) report to the moderator