How’s this for a post-Christmas treat? ORF have revealed the first details of the staging for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The task of making the Wiener Stadthalle ready for the show has been placed in the very trusted hands of international set designer Florian Wieder.
That name may sound familiar to some of you die-hard fans – and if not, cast your minds back to 2010. It was on his stage that Lena won “Unser Star fur Oslo“, sending Germany on the path to hosting in Düsseldorf in 2011. And who designed that stage, with its mammoth video wall? Florian Wieder once again!
In fact, Vienna will be the third time that Wieder will design the stage, as he also created the set inside the Crystal Hall for Baku 2012. As if his successes there (one Wiwi team member has described Düsseldorf as his “favourite stage ever“) weren’t enough to convince you, he’s also been responsible for staging the X Factor in both the UK and United States, as well as multiple popular German shows such as “Schlag den Raab” and “Wetten, dass”.
So, what will the stage look like? Well, in the report that’s come out via Austria’s Kurier newspaper, it sounds like the tagline “Building Bridges” will play a big part in the contest’s overall look. Cue the ballad singer crooning from atop a curved bridge stage left!
ORF’s TV Director, Kathrin Zechner, has said that “the stage represents the bridge from the past to the present”. This sounds eerily familiar to how important “Feel Your Heart Beat” proved to Düsseldorf 2011, where the “heartbeat” intro preceded the songs. There will also be special work put into the green room, perhaps due to a certain Miss Wurst’s importance to it…
So, what do you think of the decision to have Florian in charge of the stage once again? Let us know in the comments what you think and whether you were a fan of the stages in both Düsseldorf and Baku.