Eurovision 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!