Our readers have spoken, and they want the Wiener Stadthalle to host Eurovision 2015. However, as we previously reported, ORF needs the venue to be empty for at least six weeks before the first semi-final and one week after the end of the competition. Given the official dates of this year’s show, that means it must be empty before April 5. Unfortunately there are several events already planned to take place.
That creates a major headache for the folks at the Stadhalle. To host Eurovision they will need to cancel a series of shows involving comedians, magicians, medicine men and dancing horses. They will need to refund tickets to these events, pay penalties stipulated in their various contracts and cover expenses of artists and performers who have already invested in incidentals such as airline tickets for their performances.
James Last concert – 22 April
James Last is a German composer and big band leader, perhaps best known for “Happy Heart”, which Petula Clark popularized in the United States. His music is renowned for its happy vibes. The man doesn’t do sad….but he might when Wiener Stadthalle calls with the bad news.
Esoteriktage Fruhjahr 2015 – 26 April
Esoteric Days is a touring exhibition that focuses on spirituality and alternative medicine. Around 80 exhibitors will be praying to their various Gods, sticking needles in sick people, and encouraging y’all to eat strange herbs with mystical powers.
Apassionata 2015 – 25 April
Billed as “Europe’s most successful equestrian entertainment show,” Apassionata explores the “magical connection between people and horses.” The horses dance to classical music. They wear fancy costumes. And they do all of this in front of tens of thousands of people. Can we please keep one for Eurovision?!
Max Raabe, the founder of the Palast Orchestra, revives the big band sound of the 1920s and loves covering modern pop. He’s kooky, crazy, eccentric and was brave enough to cover Britney Spears, which you can hear below. Do you think he’d manage to get out of the semi-final with a number like this?
Ehrlich Brothers – 23 May (The night of the grand final)
Chris and Andreas Ehrlich are the world’s most famous pair of brothers who are also twins. Hailing from the German town of Bünde, they won the “Magician of the Year” award in 2004, which is basically like the Oscars of Magic Arts. The potential Eurovision run-in is appropriate. The trailer for their most recent touring show was set to Loreen’s “Euphoria”.
Dieter Nuhr – 29 May
Dieter Nuhr is a German comedian, and apparently he’s very funny. He frequently caricatures the German know-it-all, and is a master of satirising family relationships.
So there you have it. Six acts that’ll end up in the can if Eurovision comes to Vienna’s Stadthalle. Would you rather see these six acts or the three live shows of ESC?