Eurovision 2014 – The official site of the European Broadcasting Union has published today an article on the upcoming contest, stating that the three-city race for hosting will end in “early autumn” when the choice will be revealed. So this is a good time to reflect on what we know so far.
There is no much more information than that per se: the host city and venue will be announced in early autumn. Got that? Now let’s dive into something more.
The first thing that’s surprising is that the information came from the EBU site and not the official Eurovision site, which makes us wonder who is right now in charge of the official Eurovision site. It was definitely under the charge of SVT during the contest 2013 and we did see the changes to a new logo and background on the site, using a strange blurred image from 2013 stage with the new update dates of the 2014 song contest, implying that DR took over. But without posting much except the usual updates on singers, we wonder how far DR implied itself in Eurovision 2014 as of now.
Escxtra was the first one to spot it and Esctoday who used to be first on Eurovision news hasnt even posted an article on the matter yet. On the Eurovision blog Just Another Light there was a recent entry on that matter calling the former great Eurovision site “Escyesterday” and complimenting Escxtra as the new great Eurovision site. Do we agree? Well sure, Escxtra is the fastest and quickest Eurovision site for news. And during the Eurovision week they are unbeatable, their webcam live show is fun, they show a lot of commitment that’s refreshing and must be saluted. But unlike Esctoday in the past there isn’t a great community surrounding it. The blog Just Another Light mentions the time we could have an account on Esctoday showing our top 10 favorite countries, voting in polls and commenting on article. Sure that was nice but I remember an older time, when the site had a forum which allowed us to play games and comment to more than Eurovision. That was got Esctoday a community and fun.
But the other thing to dislike on Escxtra in my very humble opinion is that there just isn’t a strong editorial line. There is one on Eurovision Times which was implied before and is now straight forwardly posted on the site Can anyone state what was Escxtra‘s favorite entries and songs of last year’s contest? Based on pure article and editorials, it’s impossible to say. The more mainstream you get (and Escxtra is now the most mainstream Eurovision site if we put aside the official one who, for obvious reasons, can’t say a single bad word on any of its participants), the more light-hearted in tone you get. And when you compare the EBU’s article to Escxtra‘s one you notice it doesn’t change a thing: no analysis, no personal opinion. The point is not just to find news, it’s to create a community and state a will for a certain Eurovision: the new rules, on draw or voting, the staging and hosting, the old rules on televote, language or live instruments, there are many things to have an opinion on. When you’re a powerful esc site, you can push your view all year long. We don’t know where escxtra stands in any of these, not to mention musicwise!
So what can we say about today’s news? It seems that through the lines on the official site one can read some favorites: “Horsens’ bid is by far the most unusual” seems to imply it’s there for the sake of being there and “DR Byen […] proposes to erect a massive tent” seems a tad too exotic. Of course, we could be proven wrong but we’ve always thought that there were two favorites for this competition are Herning, obviously a huge DR favorite and when the EBU says that the Boxen Arena has “slightly more [seats] than the Malmö Arena where this year’s contest was held” you can tell DR wants to prove to everyone that, yes, Boxen Arena can host the contest. They hosted a poll on the DR’s site to prove that the Danes want Herning to do it. But why, then, would it take so long to announce the final venue? Last year, mid-July we knew Malmö had won it after SVT made it clear they wanted to save Stockholm for Melodifestivalen? Because the EBU itself doesn’t seem that eager on Herning because of the capacity of the town itself to host such an event, and that the other cities were a bit far away forcing delegations on daily train routines. The B&W-Hallerne unsurprisingly got the most lines on the EBU’s official site, as Copenhagen is probably their favorite.
So now, where do you want the next contest to be held? We know that for us to go there it’s easier for Eurovision Times if the contest was in Copenhagen and the Dane I know who lives in Copenhagen told me everyone in his city wanted the city to host it again to prove that Parken’s mistake would be repeated. What do you think should be the EBU and DR’s choice?