Melodifestivalen boss Christer Björkman has said that, in the event Australia wins Eurovision 2015, Germany will host the contest next year. He made the statement during the first installment of Inför ESC, the “Before Eurovision Song Contest” show broadcast by SVT. This seems to confirm what our sources in Austria told us back in February, when we first broke the news that Australia would make its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The first episode of Inför ESC, a show in which Swedish commentators analyze all the Eurovision songs as well as give them scores, focused on the songs in the first half of the Semifinal 1, as well as the songs from France and Australia. The Australian entry “Tonight Again” by Guy Sebastian won, getting the maximum score – 10 – from all panelists, which were Christer Björkman, Eric Saade, Kristin Amparo, and Tess Merkel (of Alcazar).
This of course brought up the subject of what would happen if Australia were to win the contest. At the 53:40 mark, Christer Björkman explains to host Sarah Dawn-Finer that Germany has guaranteed that it will host next year in that event, since it would be nearly impossible logistically and financially to move the contest to the remote continent in the Southern hemishpere.
But this option would leave the runner-up – unless it is Germany – out of the game, which could anger some fans in the event that Australia does indeed win. (Can you imagine if let’s say the UK or Russia finished in second place?) On the other hand, Germany, as one of the Big 5 countries, has the financial resources and has recently proven that it can host an amazing contest.
Speaking of, Guy Sebastian was in Germany this morning, promoting his song “Tonight Again” on television. You can watch him deliver a flawless performance of an acoustic version here, at the 3:00 mark.
What do you think? Should Germany be the host country if Guy Sebastian wins or should the honour be granted to the country in second place?
Update: 20:15 GMT on 22 April: Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, has described Björkman’s comments as “premature” and “unfortunate”. He says the NDR is one of several broadcasters that could host Eurovision 2016 if Australia were to win, but that such a decision would not be made until after Australia actually did win.
Are the comments unfortunate because they actually premature? Or are they unfortunate because Freiling doesn’t want other broadcasters to know Germany has negotiated some sort of hosting deal? Or are they unfortunate because they suggest Germany is in cahoots with Australia to back their win? So many questions, but no answers, y’all.
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