Countdown to 2016…

eurovision sweden 2016Eurovision 2016 – There are only three days left until songs can start to be revealed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. We take a look at what we know about the contest so far as we gear up for another season of selections and national finals in the run up to Stockholm 2016. 

The Countries

Several countries have already confirmed their participation, bringing the confirmed countries to 15: Belarus, Ireland, Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands. A further 8 have indicated interest already too. EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, have until mid-September to formally submit their applications to take part in next year’s competition. The final list of participating countries will be released close to the end of the year. The maximum number allowed is 46.

eurovision audience

The Song

The Song Contest rules state that no song can have been commercially released anywhere before 1st September of the previous year. So as of Monday of next week any song released can be used in the contest.

The Finals

Next year’s contest will take place in Stockholm with semi-final 1 on 10th May 2016, semi-final 2 on 12th May 2016 and the Grand Final on 14th May 2016. All will take place at the Globe Arena.  The Semi-Final Allocation Draw, to determine which countries take part in which of the two Semi-Finals, takes place in late January 2016.

Globen area

Getting Tickets

Tickets will go on sale via the Song Contests chosen ticket partner at the end of 2015 or early 2016. Watch eurovision.tv for information. Alternatively you can get a further chance by being a member of your local OGAE fan club. They get allocated fan packages which often save you money on packages of tickets.

There are 260 days to go until next year’s contest and we’re about to start the new season. You can follow all the news and selections here on The Eurovision Times, updated daily from 1st September until next year’s final!

68 comments on “Countdown to 2016…

  1. there is a limit for countries?

    • I was about to ask the same thing, tbh… :o

      • It makes sense, 6 direct finalists + 20 semi-finalists + 20 non-qualifiers = 46. If they let more in, the qualification rate would be under 50% and if they let in more finalists, the final might get too long (although 28 was the 2007 semi, so in theory, it could be 48, but come on now, who wants 11 qualifiers).

        • This year’s 27 finalists didn’t really help the show,imo.26 is already too much but there’s no alternative since there are the Big5+ the host country.

  2. Off-Topic (but important!): FdlC dates have been pushed up! Reservations open tonight! https://fetedelachanson.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/fete-de-la-chanson-8-the-countries-songs/

    On-Topic: ESC 2016 will probably be a fine show but probably come off as pretentious, as anything ESC-related and Swedish does. Nice to see Turkey and Ukraine still listed as participants, they could really diversify what’s becoming a more and more bland contest. :/

  3. for any junior eurovision fans out there:

    15 countries so far (including Irish debut and Macedonian and Albania return)
    Some countries that are still considering are Spain, San Marino, Croatia and Australia (yes they got an invite)
    Belarus and Ukraine selected:

  4. Tonight is Bundesvision Song Contest. :)

  5. Ba-Wü entry:

    • This isn’t available in Greece. :)

      • It isn’t a great song anyway.

        Here is a live performance:

        • It’s ok.It reminds me of “All of me” by John Legend.

          • Btw, Ba-Wü has finished in the top 10 in all 10 editions of BSC (including one win), and I expect us to get a top 10 result again. :) I have just seen the recap and judging on the recap snippets, I like Brandenburg, Thüringen a Rheinland-Pfalz best. Bayern has the worst song imo. Great to see a good mix of newcomers and well-established acts. :)
            The points will come in soon. :)

  6. I have watched Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein and both were lame. :(

  7. I like Berlin. :) NRW had a straightforward Deutschrock number with a political statement against the racist haters taking to the streets in some areas of Germany atm.

  8. MeckPo is awful. :(

  9. I am no fan of Yvonne Catterfeld but Thuringia was sweet and lovely. :)

  10. 1st 12 points to Rheinland-Pfalz. Well done, Hamburg. :)

  11. Rheinland-Pfalz seems to be running away … The votes from Ba-Wü next. :)

  12. Rheinland-Pfalz has won. :)

    My favourite song (Thüringen … fantastic lyrics):

    Ba-Wü got another top 10 result (7th). :) We are the only state that has always been in the top 10.
    Bavaria came last with a new record of only 2 pts … and those were awarded by Bavaria. LOL
    S. Raab will retire at the end of the year. I hope that BSC will survive.

    The song from Brandenburg, which was my 3rd favourite behind Thüringen and RP got a top 10 result too. :)

  13. Brandenburg:

  14. I hope we will participate in Stockholm :)

  15. Hooray for the Czech Republic staying in the contest :) !

  16. My prediction

    Ukraine or Turkey will win!

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