The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will be the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place at the B&W Hallerne, in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest‘s win in the 2013 contest with the song “Only Teardrops“.
The shows will be presented by Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk. For the first time in the history of the contest, the trio of presenters will comprise of two men and one woman. This will be the third time that Denmark will host the contest, the previous time being in 2001.
Thirty-seven countries have confirmed participation. On 10 May 2013 during the organizers press conference in Malmö, the executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, commented that he hoped for the return of countries absent from the 2013 Contest and that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is in discussions with these broadcasters regarding their potential return.
The dates set for the two semi-finals are 6 May and 8 May 2014, with the final planned for the evening of 10 May 2014, although the dates had been provisionally set for a week later. The reason that the contest has been brought forward a week is for the suitability of the current candidate cities.
Copenhagen, Herning, Horsens, Fredericia and Aalborg had placed bids on hosting the contest. The contest is hosted by the Danish national broadcaster DR, who have appointed Pernille Gaardbo as executive producer for the 2014 contest.
The contest will see the return of Valentina Monetta representing San Marino for a third consecutive year. Portugal will make a return to the contest after taking a year break in 2013. Poland announced their return after a two-year break.
Thirty-seven countries have confirmed their participation in the 2014 Contest. Eight countries have confirmed that they will not be returning to the contest in Copenhagen, including Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Slovakia and Turkey. Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) and Serbian broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) announced that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest. Portugal return to the contest after their one-year withdrawal from the 2013 contest. Poland will also be returning after last participating in 2011.
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