Malmö: Updates about the contest

Malmö: Updates about the contest
Photo: SVT
Malmö, Sweden -

Today, the Head of Delegation meeting is taking place in Malmö, Sweden. Delegations representatives all over Europe have come together for one of the most important meetings of the year. Here's some updates from it.

First of all, it was announced that the 13th, 15th and 17th May are the preliminary dates for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Running order change to 'make every song shine'

Naturally, one of the topics discussed was the change in the running order. Namely this year the running order is not drawn but decided by the producers.

"We want every song to shine," Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor explained the change.

For the Final, the first and second half of the Grand Final will be drawn at the winner's press conferences of the Semi-Finals.

Producers will propose the running order and the EBU Executive Producer will approve it. For the Semi-Finals the running order will be done the latest by the 29th of March and for the Final on the 17th of May 3 am.

The so-called Big 5 - France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and Italy - will be drawn to the first or second half of the Final during their first individual press conferences.

The position of the host country Sweden was drawn today and they'll perform on position number 16.

Reference group gets new members

Today, it was also time for the Reference Group elections where there were 10 candidates for 3 open places. After the self-introductions of all candidates, it was up to the Heads of Delegations to decide who would be in the group the next two years.

In the end it was Aleksander Radic (RTVSLO), Nicola Caligiore (RAI) and Christer Björkman (SVT) to join the group.

The Heads of Delegations also got updates about the stage and the show - but this you'll find out soon!


There are 47 comments

Your comment is very welcome! Those not in line with the Terms of Use of this website will be removed by a moderator, and could lead to blocking your MyEurovision account. Reactions are only allowed in English and French.

Note that it can take a couple of minutes for your comment to appear here, it will appear immediately on your MyEurovision profile page
  • Posted on 25/March 2013 at 14:49
    Also, why can't they just draw the names from a hat just like the world cup!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25/March 2013 at 14:45
    @Rose, completely agree! Why have they been allowed to sing in english, that's the whole point of Eurovision. And I would only allow the countries in the final be able to vote! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24/March 2013 at 22:30
    CHANGE THE VOTING SYSTEM AND MAKE THE PARTICIPANTS SING IN THEIR OFFICIAL LANGUAGES!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/March 2013 at 12:22
    if a song is well composed have good lyrics and presentation during it's country's performance running order will not make any difference and last it's all about the rhythm and not in the language the song is performed report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/March 2013 at 20:26
    I don't mind what the order is or who's deciding it, what I will say is that I enjoyed the unpredictability of what songs came where in the contest, just saying =D. I do have to say though that I think a lot of the songs you have to hear a couple of times before you start liking them, they're growers. This is the order i like the songs of the cpunties, the ones that are not named here are not really to my taste, ive heard all 39 now. So going down from the ones i like the most; Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Slovenia, Austria, France, Germany, Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro (only the beats and the chorus, not the rapping), Belgium, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Belarus, Hungary, Albania, Latvia, Estonia, Malta. With love from the UK. Oh, I didn't want to be biased and that's why I didn't put the UK up there. With some of the songs I just couldn't decide what order. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 18:10
    All I know is that there's going to be some big drama associated with this decision. I mean how do you justify giving a particular country position that would be looked at as unfavorable and expect them to be happy about it-because the show directors decided it was going to make the show interesting that way. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 04:29
    I agree with a few who have commented here: this year we have many many ballads, so any hand-arrangement of the running order is destined to be controversial.

    For another thing, how can you really define a slower song and an uptempo one? Take San Marino's song this year for example: what kind of song do you think it is?

    In many regards I don't think hand picking of the running order is necessary or desirable. But yes it's just a song contest so we need not be so serious........ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 01:38
    It wont be the first time Malmo have hosted the eurovision song contest so no problems there, they did a great job in 1992 so i expect the same again this year. Has for the arena does that matter its a song contest, not the olympic games after all ...

    Yes Malmo will deliver a good eurovision no worrys there,,,, after all they have before ,,,

    Roll on May roll on Malmo 2013 ...... not long to go now.... ☺ ☺ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 01:31
    I personally think that the running order being chosen - although admittedly a tad unfair - is a breath of fresh air. The reason being, we all know what its like when were watching Eurovision, and there will be groups of songs in succession that are similar, which then makes it a bit boring sitting through a few songs of the same genre (For example, 4 ballads) ... therefore, the producers have said that the want ' every song to shine ', and I think that by chosing the running order, they will do that. It should mean that different types of songs occur in succession which will keep the audience interested. It's psychology. I like the idea. And from the UK to the Ukraine, I hope you win this year ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 00:57
    Whilst the topic is about running order - I think it should remain as an open draw - less open to manipulation and cries of "a fix".

    Look at the alleged manipulation of Football games and other international events to secure a win or get one over on the bookmakers !

    I firmly believe the draw is the fairest option.

    Just my opinion though and I will be happy to see what happens this year to make each song shine !!!

    How will we ever know if a random draw might have brought the same result??? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 00:52
    to the Sensemaker

    you tell everybody to wait and see - then make a comment that Sweden will deliver the best show this millenium - like you say to others - wait and see then comment !!

    A case of the kettle calling the pot black methinks !

    I am sure Sweden and STV will do a good job and hopefully make Eurovision 2013 a great success.

    I am looking forward to visiting Malmo and enjoying the unpredictabilty of the Contest

    People shouldn't take things too seriously and whilst I appreciate national pride in a person supporting a song I think people should wish for the best song to win wherever it may originate from. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2013 at 00:44
    to the Sensemaker

    you tell everybody to wait and see - then make a comment that Sweden will deliver the best show this millenium - like you say to others - wait and see then comment !!

    A case of the kettle calling the pot black methinks !

    I am sure Sweden and STV will do a good job and hopefully make Eurovision 2013 a great success.

    I am looking forward to visiting Malmo and enjoy the unpredictabilty of the Contest report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 23:59
    Dont think it will make much difference to the U.K entry, whether they put us first or last no one seems to vote for us anyway. If they read this can you put the U.K 19th to sing, we will have had enough to drink by then to numb the pain. Really who cares what the running order is as long as it makes for a good show on the night. They say they are doing this to make every song shine, that will be hard for some of this years songs then. I mean you cant make a silk purse out of a pigs ear can you. What it might do is just show up the bad songs even more than usual. Lets see how the changes go this year if it makes the contest better all is well, if not then back to the old way of finding the running order.

    What i would like to see is 9pts being awarded during the voting, now that there are more countries competing the extra points would help . just a thought... ☺☺ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 23:56
    This sure is the year of complaints. So far a lot of people have complained about the following:
    - The host city
    - The Arena
    - Petra Mede
    - The decision of EBU choosing the running order

    And yet, we haven't even seen the show yet.

    Guys, seriously. You don't know if these decisions are bad yet, you just assume they are because they aren't what you are used to. Who knows, Malmö might be a lovely city. Malmö Arena might be perfect for an event like Eurovision. Petra Mede might be an amazing hostess. The decided running order might make the experience even better. What I'm saying is: save your complaints until AFTER the actual show, then you know FOR SURE if these decisions are bad or not. (I, however, am assured Sweden will deliver the best show so far this millennium.) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2013 at 22:54
    Does anyone know if the countries are still allowed to change the language of the song after submitting it? report to the moderator