The EBU sure know how to tease us. A tweet sent out from the official Eurovision account states that there will be an “exciting announcement” coming tomorrow at 10:00 CET. There’s been no clues about what the announcement could be, but we have a few theories of our own and how it might impact Eurovision 2016…
The last time the EBU warned us about an announcement, they introduced the new voting system. That definitely was a game changer, but tomorrow’s announcement is unlikely to be on that scale. We’ve put our heads together to think what tomorrow’s announcement could — or couldn’t — be about.
Semi final running order to be announced
Let’s start with the most likely of all: the running order for each semi final will be announced. SVT received all 43 competing entries yesterday at the Head of Delegation meeting, including the audio for both Bulgaria and Malta’s yet-to-be-released songs. After the speed at which they turned around the running order of the Melodifestivalen final, we wouldn’t put it past them at all to have done the same for the semis.
Of course, there are reasons to maybe doubt this: last year, it took ORF a week to announce the running order, following the HoD meeting. Also, it’s expected that the host broadcaster will take into account the preview videos for an idea of the styling of each song — and the EBU confirmed that not all countries had yet submitted their videos. Would it be fair for SVT to make an assumption of each song’s styling when making up each semi final?
China / Kazakhstan / Another country to join
One of the biggest rumours flying around at the time of the EBU’s last announcement was that China, Kazakhstan or one of the many other rumoured countries would be entering the Grand Final. This would have echoed Australia’s special guest participation in the 2015 final only. Whilst this may have been a possibility then, it’s highly unlikely that this will happen now. There were no representatives for any new country reported at the Head of Delegation meeting, where all songs had to be officially presented.
Not only that, but Sweden would also have grounds to complain. They drew ninth in the final, presumably with only 26 slots in the running order open. If a 27th country was to participate, then they would surely have grounds to re-draw their slot. Would the EBU go through such a farce just to add another country at this stage?
Interval acts to be announced
SVT’s interval acts in 2013 were certainly some of the best in recent memory. In semi final two, we got a killer medley of performances from Darin and Agnes, whilst the final had Petra Mede’s now legendary “Swedish Smorgasbord”. SVT could have a similar big trick up their sleeve for this year’s interval acts, worthy of an “exciting announcement”…
There’s also the possibility this will include the six automatic qualifiers. Discussions were held about how to improve their visibility in the semi finals, following the poor performances from all (bar Italy) in 2015. Could they be upgraded to a performance slot of their own in each semi final?
Wiktoria / Margaret / Another NF artist will return as a special guest
Okay, maybe this one is more wishful thinking for some fans than anything else. The EBU may have been given a sudden change of artist by a country. Will San Marino have seen their dislike ratio on YouTube and decided to draft in Margaret to save the day? Or did SVT decide to draft in Wiktoria after all?
Y’all, we hate to douse the flames on these rumours — but this surely won’t be happening now. Let the national finals be put to rest!
Are you looking forward to tomorrow’s announcement and what do you think it could be about? Let us know in the comments section below. Make sure to keep your eye on the website and our social media for any further updates as we get them!