Following Switzerland’s victory in this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with Nemo, who won with their song “The Code,” the country is preparing to host the contest in 2025. A formal bidding process to determine the host city has yet to start, but that hasn’t stopped some from already expressing their willingness to host the contest. Venues and officials in Geneva, Zürich, Basel, and St. Gallen are the first to show interest in hosting the show.

Any host city needs to meet certain requirements: making a substantial financial contribution to host the event, having a venue that can accommodate around 10,000 spectators, an international airport with a large number of European flight connections, an efficient transport system, and a large hotel accommodation capacity of at least 2,000 rooms. Additionally, the host city needs the infrastructure and venues to host the Press Centre, Delegation Bubble, Eurovision Village, EuroClub, and side events.

Let’s take a look in more detail at who has put themselves forward so far.

Eurovision 2025 host city: Expressions of interest

Geneva 

Geneva is one of the cities that has shown interest in hosting the show, proposing the International Exhibition and Convention Center Palexpo as the venue. Besides the city’s popularity among tourists, it is important to note that Geneva is also home to the EBU’s headquarters, and The Palexpo is located in Geneva’s Le Grand-Saconnex district, very close to the EBU’s headquarters. Additionally, Geneva has an international airport with numerous international flights, an efficient transportation system, and meets the required hotel capacity. In a post, Palexpo expressed:

“Eurovision at Palexpo?

“Following Nemo’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 on Saturday night in Malmö, Switzerland will host the event in May 2025.

“In this context, Palexpo, in collaboration with the Geneva authorities, is working to host the event in Geneva in 2025, which will be organized by SSR.

“A bid dossier has already been submitted for the hosting of this event, which is one of the most significant televised events globally.

“Approximately 32,000 square meters, capable of accommodating nearly 15,000 spectators, can be made available, as well as the entirety of the three congress centres at Palexpo to host more than 2,000 journalists.

“The decision on the choice of venue will be made during the summer.”

Zürich

When it comes to Zürich, their advantage is having the biggest concert hall in Switzerland, the Hallenstadion, with a capacity of around 15,000 spectators. Furthermore, the Zürich World Trade Centre is very close, providing a perfect place for additional events and press activities. It’s also extremely close to Zürich Airport and the base of Swiss broadcaster SRF, making the Hallenstadion a perfect venue that is both accessible for Eurovision fans and suitable for the Press Centre, Delegation Bubble, Eurovision Village, EuroClub, and all other side events. The city also meets the required hotel capacity.

Philipp Musshafen, the CEO of The Hallenstadion, revealed to the press that they were told to reserve the venue for the possibility of hosting Eurovision.

“We were told to reserve six to eight weeks from around the beginning of April to mid-May 2025, with a possible, still unofficial date for the final on May 10th.”

Balz Hösly, the Chairman of The Hallenstadion, spoke about the unprecedented nature of this situation, asking for understanding from those who already had events scheduled, as Eurovision now takes priority.

“If we win the contract, we hope that the concert organisers and the companies that would like to hold their meetings with us will understand, we would of course support them in finding an alternative, preferably with us on another date or possibly in another hall. If a singer falls ill, an event is sometimes cancelled the day before the concert, now for once it’s us who are asking for a little flexibility.”

Basel

Basel is another city interested in hosting the competition. The venue they propose for next year’s edition is St. Jakobshalle, with an arena capacity of approximately 12,000 spectators. Additionally, besides the arena, there are five more halls suitable for the press and other Eurovision events. The city is situated at the crossroads of three countries: Germany, France, and Switzerland, boasting an excellent transportation system. Moreover, Basel is home to an international airport, EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, and is also just one hour away from Zurich’s airport.

Basel District President Conradin Cramer expressed in a recent post that the city is eager to host Eurovision.

“Congratulations to Nemo on the fantastic victory at #ESC2024 in Malmö! Now Switzerland will host #ESC2025. Basel is an excellent place for this event. And we are ready: with our infrastructure, accessibility, and hospitality. #ESC2025Basel”

Meanwhile, St. Jakobshalle reaffirmed Carmer’s statement in a post about next year’s edition as well.

“Congratulations to Nemo on the well-deserved victory at the Eurovision Song Contest! The entire nation is proud. 🥳 🏆

“Switzerland, we are ready for ESC 2025! For the third time in history, our country will be the host. The St. Jakobshalle Basel is perfectly suited as the venue, with its 20,000 square meters and an arena that can accommodate 12,400 people. With its strategically advantageous location at the tri-border area and excellent public transportation connections, we are the right choice to host this event. 💫

“Nothing is decided yet, but we are ready to pull out all the stops to bring the ESC to Basel! 🎤🎼 Keep your fingers crossed for us!”

St. Gallen

Last but not least, a newly-built venue in St. Gallen has also expressed its willingness to host. Olma Messen has proposed its Kantonalbank Hall, which is suitable for approximately 12,000 spectators and is in excellent condition. The city has a small airport with limited international flights. However, it is only one hour away by train from Zurich International Airport.

The venue made a post on their Facebook page about the possibility of hosting next year’s edition.

“The ESC 2025 will take place in Switzerland. 🏆🎵 What a fantastic achievement, Nemo – Artist! How about hosting ESC 2025 in the St.Gallen Kantonalbank Hall?

“There are at least 3 good reasons for this:
1️⃣ With the SGKB Hall, we are now playing in the premier league.
2️⃣ We Eastern Swiss people are friendly hosts.
3️⃣ For our region, the ESC means image and added value.”

Which city is your favourite to host Eurovision 2025? Do you have any other suitable city in mind? Let us know in the comments bellow.

 

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Fany
Fany
15 days ago

Geneva is my favorite

Tony
Tony
15 days ago

Would be nice if Lugano could host a swiss national final next year. ?

Tony
Tony
15 days ago

Israel has just confirmed that they are back in Eurovision Song Contest 2025.

Karmaleon
Karmaleon
23 days ago

Cross my fingers for Basel which is 2h drive from my home 😉

Robert
Robert
23 days ago
Reply to  Karmaleon

Cross my fingers for Geneva so I can sleep in France and save money

Evan
Evan
20 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Cross my fingers for Zurich because I’ve already booked the hotel and now most are sold out or extremely expensive across the country.

Robert
Robert
23 days ago

I just spent 2 hours calculating the televote results if Israel was not allowed to participate. I will do jury vote tomorrow and combined results. The only data I can not find is who was 11th in ROW vote. Country – points – (point difference original score) – position difference Croatia 366 points (+29) / 0 Ukraine 332 points (+25) / +1 France 254 points (+17) / +1 Switzerland 253 points (+27) /+1 Ireland 165 points (+29) / +1 Italy 124 points (+20) / +1 Greece 103 points (18) / +1 Armenia 99 points (+17) / +1 Lithuania 78 points… Read more »

Thanos
Thanos
23 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Nice initiative. Waiting for the rest of your calculations!

Darren
Darren
23 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Top 5 for Ireland would have been nice.
But anyhoo

Oy oy
Oy oy
23 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Why downvote to hours of dedicated work?

Robert
Robert
23 days ago
Reply to  Oy oy

It’s the silent “majority” haha

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
23 days ago
Reply to  Robert

You’ll never know how the people who voted for Israel would have voted instead. For example, Israel was my favorite and I voted for it 10 times. They would’ve gone to my second favorite, Austria, instead.

Robert
Robert
23 days ago

It wouldn’t have change the results too much. Majority of Israel’s votes are result of advertisement campaign from their ministry, hence majority didn’t even watch the contest. Or people that voted for Israel because they thought they were doing something with that vote, who wouldn’t have voted for anyone else if Israel wasn’t there.

gea
gea
23 days ago
Reply to  Robert

But if Israel did not participate there would be another country from that semi final in the final (ie Czech Republic probably) so that is something to take into consideration.

Robert
Robert
23 days ago
Reply to  gea

True true. Let’s change it then to make it as if Israel was DQ’d as Netherlands. Then I might have just add Israeli points back to some countries.

hello
hello
23 days ago

he is not the real winner. a country that was only the people’s 5th choice should never be able to win. and the whole jury rule is very unfair.

Robert
Robert
23 days ago
Reply to  hello

Bro spitting facts and getting down voted lol

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
23 days ago
Reply to  hello

Well back in the years when we only had televote people were also complaining that it was very unfair. So we were happy with the return of the juries, but now people complain when the televote winner is not the overall winner because they’re not the “people’s choice”. You’ll never find a perfect system.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  hello

Let it go! You’re flogging a dead horse. The real winner results from the combination of the jury and public votes. He won.

Jonas
Jonas
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

They won. 🙂

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Sorry! My bad!

spagettiTiger
spagettiTiger
23 days ago

What about Grasshopper and Young Boys? They are great cities too.

Johnny
Johnny
24 days ago

#SpainIrelandNorge brave nations that will go down in history as good guys… I love you

Ricardo
Ricardo
24 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Prepare for the onslaught incoming!

Johnny
Johnny
24 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

I spent this morning watching TikTok from Gaza and crying, humans are animals sometimes, this world is tragic place

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Don’t spend too much time on TikTok or Twitter watching these videos. It’s not good for anyone’s mental health. And the comments are even more abject.

Darren
Darren
24 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Proud Irishman this last 24 hours.
But Ricardo is right, onslaught incoming from the usual suspects aka “ SiLeNt MaJoRiTy”

Johnny
Johnny
24 days ago
Reply to  Darren

You should be proud brother, your country is beacon of light in our continent

Darren
Darren
23 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Cheers Johnny!
Much love

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Yes, congratulations to the Irish, Norwegians and my Spanish neighbors.

Darren
Darren
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

Muito obrigado Ricardo

Thanos
Thanos
24 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Hope more countries follow suit. Also the Israel Breaks Rules account in Twitter just posted a thread with many disgusting things the Israeli commentators said during the three shows about pro-P@lestine artists. It was way more than I expected and if that shouldn’t be a cause for a DQ, I don’t know what is. Commentators can’t influence voters this way.

Johnny
Johnny
23 days ago
Reply to  Thanos

Go check Marina Sati Instagram, she is really an icon. I love her so much 🙂 she really doesn’t care and speak facts:)

anna
anna
23 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

The funniest thing is that the “Palestinian country“ that those countries recognized is not something the vast majority of the Palestinians agree to. You just don’t care about those people and shove them a country that they denied 5 times before. They tell you “from the river to the sea” and you give them 2 separate slices of land that can’t even agree on the same leader.

Darren
Darren
23 days ago
Reply to  anna

Well maybe they can agree on a leader and effective government when the occupation ends.
Obviously a state under constant occupation will be in disarray.
Ireland recognised them due to national identity and human dignity. I suggest you watch our declaration speech.
In terms of Norway, they made clear the borders that they recognise and that INCLUDES East Jerusalem

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Taiwan next, please!

Darren
Darren
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I agree
Not as clear cut though, considering both governments in both jurisdictions claim to be the true government of all China.

Movements towards independence are growing though so watch this space I guess.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  anna

For the problem to be definitively resolved, both parties will have to make concessions. And the Palestinians are not entirely blameless either.

ete sech
ete sech
23 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Omg so stunning! So brave! 😮

Jojo
Jojo
24 days ago

Winning ESC INSTRUCTIONS. INGREDIENTS 1. NON-BINARY QUEER OR SOMETHING OF SORT( OR SOMEONE TRY THAT CAN PRETEND REALLY GOOD) 2. ANARCHIST SOMEONE THAT CAN SCREAM … IM A WHICH …or COVERED HIMSELF WITH POLITICAL STATEMENTS AGAINST THE RULES. 3. SONG .. MMMM LEAVE THAT TO LAST MINUTE. OR CONTACT SWEEDEN . 4. OUTFUT. VERY VERY IMPORTANT. TRY IT OUT IN THE STREET . IF YOU SPOT KIDS RUNNING AWAY HORRIFIED-THATS THE ONE. 5 SONG – AGAIN .OK. MAKE SURE THAT EVERY 30 SECONDS ITS DIFFERENR VIBE , INSTRUMENTS , CONFUSE THEM FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. DONT FORGET TO… Read more »

Ricardo
Ricardo
24 days ago
Reply to  Jojo

Are you feeling well? Everything OK with you?

Eyal
Eyal
24 days ago
Reply to  Jojo

After-Eurovision depression, ah?

Jojo
Jojo
22 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

What a little piece of. You ate.
How about show some unity and support? Not only I’m aline against this Jewish hatred , you joining the parry. . Traitor

Mikael
Mikael
23 days ago
Reply to  Jojo

So a song that changes vibes every 30 seconds like Israel 2022. A dancebreak like Israel 2023 (awful song). And inclusion of national language like Israel 2024. Got it!

Mikael
Mikael
23 days ago
Reply to  Mikael

Not to mention the screaming queer of Israel 20222

gea
gea
23 days ago
Reply to  Jojo

Jojo, a very successful use of caps lock.

Jojo
Jojo
22 days ago
Reply to  gea

Ohh sweetie pie my dog was running around while sharing my thoughts and he hit the caps lock so I thought oh well f…that I’ll continue.
Isn’t that cute ? I think it turned out great .

Jojo
Jojo
24 days ago

No No No. The fact that you won , doesn’t cover the fact that you violated a clear , simple and basic rule. There is a reason behind EBU rules . With all do respect , ESC IS NOT YOUR PRIVATE PLAYGROUND. IT IS NOT THE PLACE WHERE YOU PUSH FORWARD YOUR PERSONAL AGENDA . IT IS DISRESPECTFUL AND WITH YOUR HAPPINESS DEAR NEMO YOU SHOT THE FIRST BULLET THAT WILL EVENTUALLY KILL ESC . WHAT MADE NEMO THINK ITS OK TO SMUGLE A NON-BINARY FLAG AND WITHOUT THINKING OF THE CONSEQUENCES RUN WITH PERAONAL AGENDA IN THE FACE OF… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
24 days ago
Reply to  Jojo

I vehemently disagree!

As do many others. Suck it up, Jojo.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Jojo

Jojo, the EBU itself has already admitted that it exaggerated this story about flags, when it was brought to the attention of the EU. What is the point of banning the non-binary flag and allowing the pride flag? It doesn’t make any sense. And what’s the problem with raising flags, as long as they respect Europe’s fundamental values?

Jojo
Jojo
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

I wonder in face of what we are seeing now all over Europe; what are Europes fundamental values? Pro immigration or not pro Palestine or not antisemitism and jew hatred or not ? Booing a 20 years old singer just because you disagree with someone policy or not? Looks like Europe has never been so not y United in a long time. Nationalisn on the rise ; hate towards minorities on the rise and so on… Now flags. How about a flag the represent the Basqs hopes to separate fron Spain? What about a flag that represents Northern Italy independence?… Read more »

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
25 days ago

Only 23 countries will take part probably lol

No one wants to participate in a freakshow contest and especially not in ultra rich switzerland

ete sech
ete sech
24 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Hola, Anonymous91, salúdame

Fatima
Fatima
23 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Weren’t you saying the same thing 10 years ago after Conchita won for Austria? In can case, 23 wouldn’t be a bad thing. We’d have a direct grand final which would not overrun. We wouldn’t need such an exhausting rehearsal schedule. Everyone would save money on accommodation and the Central European setting means that revellers could easily travel somewhere cheaper for their post-Eurovision break. Bring it on.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
22 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

no, still with two semi’s, to make a final of just 10 participants 😉

who cares about your opinion Fatima, just leave this blog

Patrick
Patrick
23 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

You are so boring and repetitive!

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago

It’s hard to believe this is the same Switzerland that gave us Rykka – The Last Of Our Kind, in 2016. I think Switzerland is a great example of how other countries can win Eurovision. The next to win has to be France.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Yes, this has really been the Swiss revival era at Eurovision. They really turned things around in 2019 and never went backwards. Just when it seemed they were running out of steam in 2022 and 2023, they went right back on track and grabbed the trophy. 20 years ago, Switzerland finished last place with 0 points in the semi final, and now they won the whole shebang 20 years later.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
25 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Nothing revival era lol, swiss play the game well in sending most attention seeking freakshow acts

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

But this is not a surprise at Eurovision. We had women with bread, we had monsters winning. It was always a bit of a freakshow. For some people Nemo with a skirt is a freakshow, for others Cha Cha Cha was a freakshow, not just a joke act.

Eyal
Eyal
24 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

…beard! but also bread, Russia 2012.

Patrick
Patrick
23 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Your parents must really regret having you!

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Personally, you may not approve of what Nemo identifies with, but that doesn’t give you the right to be disrespectful. Calling him a “freakshow” falls into that category.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
22 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

identify? Nemo is a guy, not an IT

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Switzerland this year has used the best possible way to select a potential esc winning act as they used a jury made by people who have already been esc jurors in the past and from a lot of participating countries more they made vote some eurofans and also people non eurofans totally outside the bubble, exactly like in Eurovision. The Code competed in its selection process as if it was already Eurovision and it won, the best proof. This way to select very close to the way to determine the Eurovision winner is the best selection process imo, and if… Read more »

Eyal
Eyal
24 days ago

Maybe Melodifestivalen should adopt this. This year both the Swedish public and the international juries voted for twins. It’s a bit of a gimmick we have seen before.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
24 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

On the opposite of Sweden, Switzerland used largely more than 8 international jurors, and they made vote international eurofans and international non eurofans too, not only local voters. Yes maybe they should adopt this too for the Melfest if Sweden wants to be again more competitive.

Herr_SW5
Herr_SW5
24 days ago

I doubt that Sweden will ever want to host again after this year’s fiasco. Well, at least for a few years or so.

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago

Ideas for interval acts 2025:
-Celine Dion.
-Peter, Sue and Marc.
-Nemo with a dress or without a dress. But please not the WTF interval that Loreen gave us with the gynecologist chair.

trabzan
trabzan
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Unfortunately, Dion’s health condition likely won’t let her to be there.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  trabzan

She made it to this year’s Grammys.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s probably a relatively shorter distance to fly to America, than to Switzerland. I don’t know where the Grammys were held because I don’t follow those awards. I’m more into the Emmys, Oscars, and Tony’s

trabzan
trabzan
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

She could barely stand and talk. It was also closer to where she lives than Switzerland.

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  trabzan

That’s a gross exaggeration.

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  trabzan

Also, Eurovision is not a major event in her CV. Maybe an interval act of her songs performed by past participants. I know Chanel and Carola come to mind, but I’m sure there are others.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

It IS a major event in her CV, but more importantly, it has significant meaning for her personal life.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

P.S. Chanel… singing Celine songs?

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Anyway, next year they have to show the entire 2 last minutes of the voting in 1988. Probably the most dramatic finish ever. And a great TV moment.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Celine and Scott Fitzgerald should fly to Zürich and re-enact it for us. Interval.

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I would be happy with a 20 minutes interval of Petra Mede.

Fatima
Fatima
23 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

That you Eyal … and it is a moment which can never be repeated under the current system. Many of us (Marko included) knew that Nemo had 226 televote points and so would win easily.

Ricardo
Ricardo
22 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Yes, if you have a calculator by your side, the presentation of the televote is fake suspense.

jercle
jercle
24 days ago
Reply to  trabzan

I have hopes for a prerecorded message from Celine.

Fatima
Fatima
23 days ago
Reply to  trabzan

Well, she won’t have to do much to beat ABBA. They didn’t even show a new clip of their holograms Malmo. It was exactly the same as in their London show. Bjorn’s outfit being too tight, etc.

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

They did add a “Hello Malin”, to be fair.

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Anyway, we should remember that B&B did write a song especially for the contest the LAST time the contest was in Malmö. They don’t really owe us more.

Oy oy
Oy oy
25 days ago

If Geneva wins the bid I’m afraid some might book flight/hotel in GENOVA by mistake! Not the first time this happens 🙂

LawnaDellPlay
LawnaDellPlay
24 days ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Genoa

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
25 days ago

In Geneva or Lausanne it would be cool, Eurovision hosted with the Leman Lake as a view would be really stunning.

Ben
Ben
25 days ago

Zürich does also have a lake.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
25 days ago
Reply to  Ben

I know but not as massive as the Leman Lake.

jjj
jjj
25 days ago

I want the biggest arena out of these. This year it seemed to small for me and didnt look like the worlds biggest music show

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  jjj

The Eurovision 2001 event held in Parken wasn’t a success. It was a big disappointment, with 38,000 attendees, most of whom came for a beer and simply wandered around during the entire show. It was not very professional and was disrespectful.

Oy oy
Oy oy
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

I was in Parken in 2001, not a great experience!

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Not to mention the stage, the presenters, the scoreboard and the winner Estonia. DR made wrong choices.

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Yep, 2001 was a disaster. Mainly the venue, and it proved that bigger isn’t better and there is a limit to how big a venue Eurovision can use.

And yes, somehow, DR made the wrong choice with seemingly every aspect of that show. Except the logo, I liked that.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Aqua as interval. I loved it at the time, I was a child, but really. Must try harder.

Eyal
Eyal
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I have never watched it again since, now when I think of it. 2001 was like a Spanish national final that runs for hours, with loud hosts.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
24 days ago
Reply to  jercle

I don’t really like the contest being held in stadiums, for me they’re too vast. However, I thought the stage design for 2011 was much better than 2001’s, I know there’s a ten year gap in technology, but could they have tried to design something like that back then? Would that have been an improvement?

Eyal
Eyal
24 days ago
Reply to  jercle

In 2005 they messed it up again, with the Congratulations show. They brought us a screen with the original video and dancers on stage at the same time.

HaroyDarper
HaroyDarper
24 days ago
Reply to  Oy oy

What was the atmosphere like? To me, it only looked like we had much during the Danish entry.* I know they struggled to find a venue, but it seemed too vast and kinda sterile

*I also disliked that childish rhyming script, it was really forced and contrived, and perhaps my favourite line from Terry Wogan, when the hosts reappeared after Denmark “If anyone can kill a crowd stone dead it’s these two”

Iukdkdkd
Iukdkdkd
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

none of these 4 venues are even half the size of parken, but it makes a difference if its 10.000 or 15.000 people in the audience, and how close the stage is to the side grandstand, because this year it was quite close, which made it feel like a small studio when filmed from the side. it was still looking good and it was a nice stage in general but i think the melodifestivalen final for example in the big friends arena looks epic!

Denis
Denis
25 days ago
Reply to  jjj

That does not always mean it will be the best show..

gea
gea
25 days ago
Reply to  jjj

Big arena is not = to good show. People mentioned Denmark in 2001, but let’s mention some great looking shows on tv although they were held in relatively tiny halls: for example, Tel Aviv 2019 was a good show (capacity was around 5.000 people yet hosts claimed it was more). The vibe there was better than, for example Baku in 2012, which hosted in an arena for 18.000 people.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
24 days ago
Reply to  gea

How late were those shows in Azerbaijan? The crowd in the semifinals seemed more fun, whooping along to Austria (despite them so late in the running order), but they seemed stone dead in the final, and I felt it through the screen. An air of unpleasantness

Jonas
Jonas
23 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

They were late. Started at midnight. The final was technically on a Sunday.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
23 days ago
Reply to  jjj

I thought this year was absolutely fine. I was in Düsseldorf and I thought it was way too big; you couldn’t see anything on stage and I still don’t know how some entries sounded because of the noise. Rotterdam was way better (well the crowd was of course too small there but at least I could see what was going on on stage).

J-F
J-F
25 days ago

I read somewhere that an international airport don’t have to be very close to the host city, it can be at most an hour’s drive away. For instance, if Belgium wins, Antwerp, Ghent and Liege are valid candidates with this requirement,

Jo.
Jo.
25 days ago

geneva just because it sounds fancy

Ben
Ben
25 days ago

According to wikipedia language map of switzerland:
62.6% native (swiss) german speakers, only around 22.9% (swiss) french and 8.2% Italian,
0.5% Romansh

juliana
juliana
25 days ago

for me zurich is the most approriate venue. I just searched for all the possible venues, the Hallenstadion is the only venue I can imagine Eurovision be held

Darren
Darren
25 days ago

What actually surprises me most is that Switzerland has only won 3 times. I could have sworn they were up there with the likes of France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Ireland and of course Sweden for winning quite regularly in the past but I guess not.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

You think that’s bad? Try being Belgium that has only won the contest ONCE! Just once, despite being at Eurovision since the very beginning. I will be over the moon the day Belgium gets their overdue second trophy.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It will happen.

Blanche should come back, my favorite act from Belgium. Still listen to City Lights.

ete sech
ete sech
25 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Realizing that is astounding! And it’s not as if they haven’t sent good entries to the contest. Loïc should’ve won in 2015 and Blanche was great in 2017 (though that year was for Portugal to win).

EProduc
EProduc
25 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It’s time for Belgium to win again indeed, we would be great at hosting. Sandra Kim has been the only winner since 1986, must be a lonely position but she is an icon for sure in Belgium

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
25 days ago
Reply to  EProduc

Then belgium needs a freakshow act, only way to be successful in this fake contest these days

feirefitz
feirefitz
24 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Muusti was a very openly queer act and he didn’t even qualify. So the crude theories you express in this forum are utter sh*te, sorry.

feirefitz
feirefitz
24 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Cyprus, Iceland, Malta have never won to date despite competing for 40+ years and coming incredibly close to victory (Fuego, Daadi et al). Don’t be so freaking selfish. 😉 Not to mention all the Eastern European countries, including Croatia or Slovenia. And Spain still waiting since their last win for a much longer time. Poor Belgium shares a similar fate with Austria, or Switzerland in fact: small country, and no neighbouring countries to help them with regular high scores , like the Scandinavians or Balkans tend to do with each other. Just count the western European winners over the last… Read more »

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Lys Assia almost did the double as early as 1958, but I wonder what direction the contest might have taken had “Georgio” won. Five years later, Esther Ofarim took Switzerland very close to the win but was pipped (rightly) by Denmark. After that, it all became rather barren for the Swiss, and it was 1982 before they were back in the top 3, and 1986 before they were runner-up again. After win no 2 in 1988, there was another top 3 position in 1993, but after that, things got very bad indeed, and it would be 2019 before Switzerland returned… Read more »

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Yeah they ran out of steam in the 00s until 2019, but still always just assumed they won it more than 3 times.

I would have expected Nemo to have given the Swiss their 5th-6th win.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Rightly? Isn’t that the year some jury spokesperson had to repeat their votes and changed it on the second announcement? A scandal! Imagine if Wiwi and social media had been around then…

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

By “rightly” I mean Denmark was the better song that year and the right winner. And Norway later confirmed their second set of votes were correct.

And yes, can you imagine a scandal like that in the modern-day. Yikes.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Dansevise is a classic! Agree. Great to hear it on the 2014 opening. Already ten years ago… double yikes.

Ben
Ben
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

I think Switzerland only won twice.
The first eurovision in Lugano was because it was the first Eurovision ever. It was much smaller and in a studio.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Ben

They won the first Eurovision, then Celine Dion and now Nemo

Patrick
Patrick
25 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Lys Assia won the very first one for Switzerland! So three times…!.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ben

Not a studio, a theatre. Teatro Kursaal, Lugano. Demolished in the 2000s. 🙁 Shoulda been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

ESC 1963 was held in a studio.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Two studios! One for the songs, another for the host and scoreboard. Weird.

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Swiss TV didn’t take ESC seriously for years. Look at their results from 1994 to 2019. That’s 25 years. They had few good bands, especially Vanilla Ninja in 2005.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

Quite liked 2018

I still get nightmares from the 2015 entry though.

Eyal
Eyal
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

All those 25 years they did have Sebalter – Hunter Of Stars, in 2014. Nice entry, he qualified for the final.
Worst was “Celebrate” in 2004, when Piero received 0 points in the first ever semi-final and also hit himself with the microphone.

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

“Celebrate” is quite possibly the worst ESC song of the 2000s.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

The same thing can be said for the 2010s!

jercle
jercle
24 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

At least it didn’t deny a better song a place in the grand final.

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

And Vanilla Ninja were Estonian!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
25 days ago

Bern has the best venue. Simply.

ColorizedHive
ColorizedHive
25 days ago

Oh please, let it be Biel ans the surroundding area. With Swatch group headquarters and the Tissot Arena it’s perfect to get a new head sponsor too. Swatch!!!

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
24 days ago
Reply to  ColorizedHive

I like how they featured in the postcard for Switzerland 2000, tying in with the Swiss theme of timekeeping

Ozzie
Ozzie
25 days ago

Basel is my pick! Turn the rooftop ‘garden’ into actual gardens and have press interviews there. It would be perfect

Zisk
Zisk
25 days ago

A little irony in Geneva hosting

Rosario Toscano
25 days ago

Hello, eurovision fan! There is another arena in Switzerland that we should consider, the Vaudoise Arena. Even if Lausanne still didn’t express the interest in hosting eurovision, the Lausannaise arena has 12.000 seats capacity, it is 5 minutes from the train station, and 40 minutes from Geneva Airport. It is located 10 minutes from the city centre and Lausanne is a very beautiful city, with a great nightlife and also a multicultural place. I think it could be a good way to represent the country, outside of the well known ideas of it (like Geneva or Zurich). And also, I… Read more »

David
David
25 days ago

I think Zurich should get it and give it to a German speaking canton as Lausanne and Lugano have had it in the past.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago

ABBA and Celine Dion have both played the Hallenstadion in Zürich. Celine multiple times, and even had a concert scheduled there for March if this year.

Zürich it is.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

March of this year

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

No because Metler is a fake winner

Marcin
Marcin
25 days ago

Who cares, Eurovision died to me after 2024. What the point of future editions if crap like that demon from Ireland and that weirdo from Switzerland will always finish near the top. No one serious is going to consider going to Slopvison in the future.

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

Normal people should boycott this

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

“Normal” is overrated

ete sech
ete sech
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

NB gimmicks are as well

Kobe
Kobe
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

I’m sooooo happy i’m not normal

ete sech
ete sech
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

You care enough to post a comment here, but I kinda share your concern. The jury’s sway over the final score ruins the experience to me (and I’m not the only one who thinks this way).

Marcin
Marcin
25 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

It’s because the jury is stacked with a bunch of people that have nothing to do with music. TV hosts, Jockeys, and other random positions, No different from televoters. Reform the jury and the problem of crap entries getting high scores gets decreased.

ete sech
ete sech
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

I agree, juries should be actually qualified people and each jury should be qualified in a particular field

Oy oy
Oy oy
25 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

I think the juries are judging after the same and very limited criteria which makes most juries ending up with the same winner.

Denis
Denis
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

No, removing juries is what will lead to crap acts. Those of us who remember televote only era shudder at the thoughg of it

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I hear ya…I’m also a survivor the 100% televote era. Sadly, as that era moves further into the past and newer, younger fans can’t remember/weren’t around for it, they don’t know how much of a horror that period was.

Marcin
Marcin
24 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I did not say remove, I said reform.

ete sech
ete sech
23 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Nobody said remove, only reform, their current state is also detrimental to the contest

Doris
Doris
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

Unless drastic changes like going back to the origins , live singing, unbiased juries, unprovocative stagings…. Some videos on Youtube are being age restricted for less than some stagings we are having now. Double standards of course….

Marcin
Marcin
25 days ago
Reply to  Doris

True, expect Eurovision to keep losing viewers in the near future if the current trend continues.

Oy oy
Oy oy
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

If you really want a change you should stick to following the ESC and vote for the entries of your taste?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
25 days ago
Reply to  Marcin

Absolutely, eurovision is dead now, with that rigged televote top 2 for israel, and a freakshow winner from switzerland, and that actress demon character from ireland really ruined it, no longer a music competition just another drag race scripted pretentious show

Irishfan
Irishfan
25 days ago

I’ll be looking forward to it. 2024 was a really good eurovision year so let’s hope 2025 will be even better

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
25 days ago

I always love the logistics news! The bidding comparisons! I’ve never been to Switzerland, but I’ve heard Ice Hockey is popular there, would ESC be in the way of the season? And is the contest considered such a golden goose that any venue will bend over backwards for it? And off topic, but I’ve seen the news that Malmö doesn’t want another contest in the future! Did the city not benefit from the event, was there too much hostilities? And do most fans still wish they used one of Stockholm’s big stadiums instead? I doubt that will ever happen during… Read more »

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

I always love the “what ifs” as well…where we could have been had the host decision went another way. We could have been in Antwerp in 1987, or Ferrara in 1991, or Galway in 1995, or Glasgow just last year.

Alex
Alex
25 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

I’d love to see some stats from the city of Malmo like Liverpool published last year. I guess it takes time to collect the data (visitors, revenue etc) but it was hardly as successful as Liverpool.

SVT wanted Stockholm but Taylor Swift ruined their plans sadly as she booked first Friends Arena and the city didn’t have any other functional arena at the same period (what a bad luck..)

Malmo was the only option….

Let’s keep Sweden away from the trophy for at least one decade…

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Assume everything goes ahead as planned and a new arena is built, then Gothenburg will surely get the next Swedish hosting (assuming Sweden doesn’t win again for a few years.)

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Until Ireland gets one more win please.

The Eurovision record is literally all we have and we have to share that

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

1991 was a tie, cling on to that

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

That’s true, I actually forgot that little factoid

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Still my biggest trauma…

Denis
Denis
25 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Friends Arena was never an option though, nor did they offer a bid.
Avicii Arena ( The Globe) was always the preferred choice but it was not proposed.
And the first numbers says it was a sucesss. Started slow but gained momentum during the week

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
24 days ago
Reply to  Denis

If that was magically available, and the one change to this years contest was that it was held there, would most fans be happier?

Denis
Denis
24 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Alex would be happy, it seems

Chessguy99
25 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Swiss national hockey league wraps up in March. The national basketball league season ends around the first week of May. The Hallenstadion is the only venue that looks to have a sports tenant, but it is a hockey team so no conflict.

Samo
Samo
24 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

To be honest, Malmö felt very much like a half hearted effort. There wasn’t much atmosphere to speak off (perhaps because visitors were divided between Copenhagen and Malmö), and it didn’t help that this is one of the most antisemitic cities in Europe which fueled the bad vibe this year.

Eva
Eva
25 days ago

Metler was the only one who won, beying fifth in the people’s vote, why didnt the gentleman who says congratulatulations to Metler admit it? all other countries who won the contest were first or second in tele ! Why is cheating accepted and praised? This “win” should be canceled. Why should Eurovision be held in Swiss when this win is rigged? Why the people have spend money on sms if they don’t matter anyway? Give me your money back and cancel Metler’s win because I watch Eurovision and such fraud has never happened before Wiwibloggs, please write about it, can’t… Read more »

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Life is short, and ultimately, Eurovision isn’t that important. No matter who wins, the sky will still be blue, the grass will still be green, and we’ll all have to go to work on Monday. Accept your favourite didn’t win and move on. I promise you, you’ll be so much happier.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Eurovision IS important!

It’s the unimportant things that help get us through those work Monday mornings.

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

But you can also understand that one shouldn’t get too worked up about things that they have no control over? The OP is clearly stressed over CH winning this year, and they can post all over this site about it, but that won’t change anything.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

True, true. I wish Eva well.

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Eurovision is very bad now. But why should anyone be victorious by cheating? Some of the winners I liked, others I didn’t, but this time there was fraud. How can you accept this? didn’t have any favorites.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Spamming a Eurovision fan site, and getting the name of the winner wrong each time, isn’t going to change the results.
It’s only a winner if Eva feels it so I guess.

To quote Vienna 2015, Build A Bridge!

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

The result won’t change, but maybe no one will want to be part of this farce. Yes, Metler’s win is not the same as others, fifth place among the viewers is really a weak victory

Stephanie
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Don’t mind Eva, this person has also been trolling Nemo’s videos on the ESC YouTube channel with bogus copypasta claims that the jury was rigged (or “rigget”) and calling them “Metler”. Switzerland won fair and square, end of story

ete sech
ete sech
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

While I’m not fully happy with CH winning, I can’t say he cheated or something of that sort. All I can say is that juries have had such a big sway over the final score in recent years.

Stian F
Stian F
25 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Eh..but have they ?!?! Only the two last years….

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

“Metler” makes Nemo sound like a villain straight out of Gotham City. I like it.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Sounds like a factory in East Berlin circa 1967 that made light bulbs for refrigerators

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Nemo is a fish

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Also a human

Ricardo
Ricardo
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Eva, please calm down. Nemo is the name given to them by their parents.

ete sech
ete sech
25 days ago
Reply to  Ricardo

* him

Ben
Ben
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

“Mettler” not “Metler” – double T

Stian F
Stian F
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

You are not very smart are you? LOL!

Denis
Denis
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

This whole ” its rigged or ” only televote winner matters ” thing needs to stop. You might not like the winner but that does not mean it is unfair. It was a fair win according to rules which states that the act with most support from both groups is the winner, this year that was Switzerland. The groups will never have the same favourite and that is the point. The rules are unlikely to change because of few hissy fans having tantrums over it

ete sech
ete sech
24 days ago
Reply to  Denis

You say so bc Sweden has always been favored by juries

Denis
Denis
24 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

So? They did not win this year. And last year they also got second highest televotes so clearly audience likes it too

Eva
Eva
25 days ago

The entire nation should not be proud. Its not a well deserved victory its a rigged win.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

If you say so.

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Please upvote this comment if you believe the EBU rigged the result

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Please upvote this comment if you believe that such claims are ridiculous

Jo.
Jo.
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

How many should be proud then? 80% of the nation? 50% only? I want a number..

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Jo.

Nobody Because people preferred Croatia, Israel, Ukraine and France more

Darren
Darren
25 days ago

Having been to Zurich, I do think it would be a great host city….but a very expensive host city.

I’d like to see Bern enter the race too, another great city in Switzerland.

Due to us not having the countries biggest city/capital city host since 2018, I would say that my preference is for Zurich/Bern.

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

But Metlers win is rigged The result should be canceled Do you accept fraud?

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

NEMO won fair and square.

As advised in a previous article…

Cope!

Eva
Eva
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

No, Metler did not win honestly. Even my mother, who didn’t watch it, when she found out he was fifth in the people’s vote, said he shouldn’t have won

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

If your mum didn’t watch, how would she know if they should have won or not?

Besides, people’s vote doesn’t determine the winner. The winner of Eurovision is decided by the highest jury points and the televote vote points COMBINED. After the results were COMBINED, Switzerland had the most points.

It doesn’t matter who had the highest televote, the winner is whoever had the highest score after both COMBINED results.

Again, cope.

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Maybe the EBU needs to change the voting system to 33% jury, 33% televote and 33% Eva’s mum?

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

lol yes!!!

They might get the contestants name wrong but that’s just a minor detail.

Patrick
Patrick
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Well if your mummy said so…. lol

Patrick
Patrick
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Please cry louder, it’s so funny!!!! lol

Stian F
Stian F
25 days ago
Reply to  Eva

Only fraud was Israel buying their spot in Eurovision with Morroccon Oil money…

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

I remember from my time over there that even the supermarket own-brand chocolate was so much better than branded chocolate sold in the UK.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

So true!

I’ll be honest though, I became absolutely hooked on ovomaltine lol

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

I became hooked on those things…I can’t recall what they were called, but they were like a Tunnock’s teacake, except wafer instead of biscuit and they were much taller.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

Grabower or something like that?? I think?

jercle
jercle
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Küsse! That’s it!

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  jercle

At least the rest of us still have Toblerones.

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Technically not Swiss anymore.

Made in Slovakia now.
Or so I heard

Jonas
Jonas
25 days ago
Reply to  Darren

Tell me we still have Lindt!

Darren
Darren
25 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

We do Jonas, we do! Thank god! Haha

Darren
Darren
25 days ago