Eurovision 2012 – The event supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Sietse Baker, has revealed some details about next year’s event in an interview with Azeri news agency APA. He revealed that the official list of participants will be revealed in early January by the EBU. Furthermore a final decision about the venue of next year’s contest will only be taken by the end of January. Three venues are still being discussed, which Baker calls “challenging” for the EBU.
He also addressed tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan saying that Armenia’s participation can still not be confirmed. “Despite the challenges of Azerbaijani-Armenian relations, the Eurovision spirit is high throughout the Caucasus,” he told the agency referring to the preparations in Azerbaijan and Armenia’s hosting of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year. “It is our duty to keep the Eurovision Song Contest free from politics and bring people together, rather than focusing on what keeps them divided”. He confirms that Armenia has requested special security measures which are still being discussed.
Furthermore, Baker confirms that from 2013 on every broadcaster has to hold a national selection of some kind, giving the public the choice between at least 2 songs. ” We believe that when an artist is chosen to represent his or her country, he or she should have some form of public mandate through a democratic process”