Eurovision 2017 Stage Florian Wieder

How’s this for a post-Christmas treat? Ukraine’s NTU has revealed that international set designer Florian Wieder will oversee the stage design for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv! This will be his fourth Eurovision stage, so artists and producers are in very trusted hands.

“I love the idea behind Eurovision Song Contest,” Wieder said in a statement. “So many different countries and cultures come together in peace to celebrate this event — that’s what truly excites me. The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most exciting projects of my career. There are only a few like this in the world, so it is a huge honor for me to be the designer for this year’s show in Kyiv.”

“My goal is to bring happiness and excitement for everyone involved. I’ve planned to incorporate some entirely new features which will be kept as a surprise until the show. The design for 2017 will be unique and divergent to the previous shows. ESC is not only a passion project for me, but also a creative challenge, one that is immensely inspiring for me as a designer.”

His 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 Eurovision stage, with its mammoth video wall? Florian Wieder!

Wieder worked his magic again a year later, creating the set inside the Crystal Hall for Baku 2012, and followed that up with the Eurovision 2015 stage in Vienna, which you can see at the top of this post. He’s also worked on X Factor in both the United States and United Kingdom, the MTV Video Music Awards, and numerous Germany shows including “Schlag den Raab” and “Wetten, dass”.

Eurovision 2017 Executive Producer Victoria Romanova oversaw the committee that chose Wieder’s bid over three others — two from companies within Ukraine, and another from a foreign firm. “The stage is one of the most important elements of the show,” she says. “Viewers’ impressions about the contest depend on its look and functionality. Therefore, we have engaged the world’s best experts to develop the stage design.”

Wieder, whose designs won’t be revealed to the public until February, will transform the somewhat uninspiring International Exhibition Centre into stage worthy of international attention. The IEC is the largest expo building in Ukraine and is comprised of three pavilions with a total area of 58,000 square meters.

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Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Fatima
no one cares what you “think” about official name of the capital of Ukraine. you can call it whatever you want if something stuck in your brain and prevents you from using proper name. International society, geographic catalogues adopted the name more than 10 years ago. if you still can’t handle it it is clearly your personal issue.

MyName*
MyName*
4 years ago

I hope and believe we will get a nice stage 🙂

But I also hope for a stage which won’t steal some of the attention, compared to the songs. That’s have been a problem in recent years. Hopefully not this year.

Fatima
Fatima
4 years ago

I still think you should be calling it Kiev, not Kyiv. I know that name is correct locally, we didn’t call it Kobenhavn in 2014 or Wien in 2015. And we didn’t say that Nina Kralji? was from Hrvatska.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
4 years ago

The 3Arena remains Ireland’s only choice of venue if they win, whilst it fits plenty of people, it isn’t as vast as the arenas we are used to. I am intrigued to see what kind of stage they would design should we visit the Emerald Isle one day!

2014 remains best for me.

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

I hope for a stage that is surrounded by audience especially now that every fan wants to record as much as possible, and with a bridge to the green room.
And the slogan should be : ”You are by yourself”. Enough with ”Come together”, it sounds fake in a cruel competition that it is ESC.

Avstriya
Avstriya
4 years ago

Davve: Helsinki 2007 was truly inspired by Nokia. Very white and clean cut. But for me it also meant the beginning of the modern stage era with a big LED wall.

Avstriya
Avstriya
4 years ago

His stages are inspired by MTV, Pop Idol and Apple.

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

Ukraine’s slogan for Eurovision 2017 should be “Live your life”.

PP
PP
4 years ago

Made mistake he didn t make stage in 2010. He made stage like Sweden when they are host nation.
2011 good for me his best
2012 not good as 2011
2015 good better then 2012 but not good as 2011.
2017 time for not good stage, we will see in few months
Sweden stages
1975 bad
1985 good
1992 bad
2000 good
2013 bad
2016 good

PP
PP
4 years ago

I dont like his stages for 2010, 2012 and 2015.
For me best stage from 2000 – 2016
1. 2014
2. 2009
3. 2011
4. 2016
5. 2008
6. 2005

Worst
1. 2006
2. 2013
3. 2010
4. 2001
5. 2002

Best stage for me from 1956 to 2016 stage from 1988 ( for that time very modern and futuristic, and in 2016 look good). Same woman made stage in 1994 and 1997.

DR
DR
4 years ago

For me the worst stage was 2008. The quality of the stage just seemed cheap. With bad pixilated LED screens and parts of it looking like they’d run out of foil for the turkey cos it was needed for the stage. At least 2007 looked expensive in comparison even if you didn’t like the design or size.

James
James
4 years ago

While it may be that the set design will be done by a foreigner but every other elements of the show will be utilizing local talent.

Davve
Davve
4 years ago

The worst stage in modern times has to be Helsinki 2007.. Small, boring layout and it made several contestants angry because they had to change their stage acts. Never again!!

Ryan Crean
Ryan Crean
4 years ago

I had one glance at the title and I thought it had something to do with the book series of Divergent ;( xD

Zebb
Zebb
4 years ago

HNY Wiwi 🙂

Well, I liked stage in Vienna, but cube in Denmark remains being my favourite. I’m wondering what his words will be after he’ll met lowlike roof.

Gav
Gav
4 years ago

Love the stage design. Really love it when it throws some suprises, like the bridge In Malmo, the cube in Denmark, the unusual look of Austria and the vast interactive nature of Germany. It would be great to have the contest designed by local talent – I mean what’s the point in winning if you cant show you capable of throwing a show! But excited that someone who is passionate is behind the project for 2017. BRING IT ON… along with a few more National Finals please!

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

if he sticks to his usual design aesthetics, we should expect lots of white walls for the stage– which i’m not very fond of. i hope he really surprise us.

he’s becoming like an eurovision veteran himself by associating himself with the show every year. it’s pretty cool.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

My only requirement is that the stage is high enough to ensure flags aren’t constantly blocking shots, like his 2015 stage.

I appreciate the stage height is often determined by the height of the venue and that the convention centre doesn’t have a tall roof like Globen, but…. just no more flags blocking shots, ok?

Krzysztof Poland
Krzysztof Poland
4 years ago

Ukraine’s slogan for Eurovision 2017 is ‘fak u Russia’.

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

@ Maya G
Indeed, I don’t see the need to use a foreigner, unless he can make the difference.
This is what is said anywhere about foreigners in general : ”we have what it takes, we need you only if you can make the difference”.
Hope that he will create something unseen before, otherwise it means that Ukraine is snob.

ESC123
ESC123
4 years ago

I like 2009 and 2014 stages, big and grand.
2016 Stockholm always seems lack of something
2012 Baku is not very fancy but works well with performers.
2015 Vienna the camera can only work from one side.

DR
DR
4 years ago

I know a lot of people say that the 2011 stage was too big but actually the top circular performance section has the same circumference as the circular section of the Malmö stage in 2013. Hard to believe but true. So it depends on how the rest of the stage is placed if it makes them look tiny or normal. But with the size of the arena next/this year, we don’t have much to worry on that part.

Maya G
Maya G
4 years ago

I prefer when broadcasters use the opportunity to promote local talents, but I like Wieder’s stage designs. they’re practical and relatively simple but still telegenic and appealing.

Kringlan
Kringlan
4 years ago

2009 was the year of the revolution of ESC stages and I like the stage in Moscow. It was a real transformer with its dynamic elements. 2015 was also OK. 2013 was horrible. 2016 – almost horrible. I don’t like the asymmetry of 2012 stage, and minimalism of 2010 stage. For some reason I don’t like 2011 and 2014 stages either.

Bastian
Bastian
4 years ago

Im not that excited tbh. I didnt like any of his stages, with 2011 being the worst of them.

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago

@Valie thanks! I’ll look forward to that ????

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

This is why Wiwibloggs is successful, because is always at work.
About the stage, all I want to know is :
-round like 2011, 2015
-square like 2016
-asymmetric like 2012
-diamond like 2014

Valie
Valie
4 years ago

@daniel It will be revealed in mid-january

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago

His stages constantly get better! I have high hopes! I feel it’s actually goig to be something different this year! Something shocking. Possibly two tiers? Who knows!

On a different note, when is the logo and slogan released?? I thought NTU said December… another postponeage? :/.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

The 2011 stage wasn’t really the tea for me, too big and hard to fill. It even killed some performances, like Katalent Wolf’s “What About My Bibles?”. 2015 was very simple but definitely versatile and functional.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

I’m not the biggest fan of the 2010/2015 stages, but 2011 was great.

Eurovision
Eurovision
4 years ago

when is the Wiwi jury for the national selections going to be released??

Kris
Kris
4 years ago

Okay cool 🙂 …….Always love reading ’em

Kris
Kris
4 years ago

But yay to Willie <3

Kris
Kris
4 years ago

I thought on the last day there are going to be no posts at all 😐