It’s not even been two months since Måns Zelmerlöw won Eurovision in Vienna with his song ‘Heroes’, yet the producers at SVT, Sweden’s national broadcaster, yesterday announced that Stockholm will host the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest at Globen Arena, which was until recently the home of the Melodifestivalen final. Globen Arena hosted the contest back in 2000.
Martin Österdahl returns as Executive Producer following the sucess of Malmö 2013. He stated that Stockholm was selected because it had a ‘thorough offer which guarantees once again that the contest is taken to the next level’.
He added,’The solution with multiple arenas enables us to produce the Eurovision Song Contest in the Globe, have the press center at the Hovet and the delegations area at the Annex. The Jewel in the Crown is to take Eurovision Song Contest to the next level by incorporating Tele2 Arena during the evening of the finale.’
Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngård said, ‘Stockholm is music. Our city seethes with activity revolving around music. Creativity is close to our hearts and is something we want to emphisise and be noticed even more clearly for in the city.’
Whilst SVT will be responsible for the show’s production, the city will be responsible for the logistics, the fans and the festivities.
The semi finals will be held on the 10 May and 12 May with the final on 14 May.
Both Turkey and Ukraine have announced their intentions to return to the contest in Stockholm with the full list of nations being announced later this year. Tickets will go on sale towards the end of the year. I for one am already excited but here’s a brief reminder of Måns Zelmerlöw: