Vienna named as the host city for the 2015 contest
After a much heated bidding phase, it is official that the city that will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will be Vienna.
The capital city of Austria has already been the stage for the contest way back in 1967, after Udo Jürgens took home the competition with his song “Merci, Chérie”.
Last year’s winner, Conchita Wurst, has expressed her happiness for the choice with a video on her Facebook page, hoping to take part in the contest again, as the green room host.
ORF, the Austrian broadcaster, has received 12 different bids from six cities across the country. Three of them made the shortlist: Innsbruck with Olympiaworld, home of figure skating and ice hockey during the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, Graz with Stadthalle and Vienna.
The host city was announced on the 6th of August. The final venue for the Song Contest will be the Wiener Stadthalle, home of the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament and many concerts by big names in the pop industry.
The preparation for the contest seems in full swing as EBU and ORF have already appointed the team that will be behind the Diamond Jubilee show, next May, with Edgar Böhm, Head of Entertainment at ORF as the Executive Producer.