The dates for the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest have already been set, so get on those hotel booking sites quickly, folks. Sweden will be hosting the event for the first time since 2000, and it’s bound to be one big-ass party. The two semi-finals will take place May 14 and May 16, with the Grand Final on Saturday, May 18.
During Loreen’s winner’s press conference on May 26, Christer Björkman, the head of Sweden’s delegation, made it clear that the Swede have not decided on the location for Eurovision 2013. He said the only guarantee is that “Sweden will host Eurovision next year.” He also claimed that there are “a number of options in Sweden.” Um, we don’t know who he thinks he is fooling. The arenas in Gothenburg and Malmö just don’t stack up. They look like high school gymnasiums compared to Baku’s beautiful Crystal Hall Arena, and Dusseldorf’s Espirt Arena. Fortunately Stockholm will celebrate the opening of the 65,000-seat Friends Arena, pictured above, in October this year. That makes Stockholm is the prime candidate to host. And in the worst case scenario, the Globen—which has been the home to Melodifestivalen in recent years—will have to do the trick.
In any case, get ready for an unforgettable event in Scandinavia next year! Team Wiwi is going to Ikea to celebrate!