It is now official, after much speculation, that the BBC will produce the event show to celebrate Eurovision’s 60th anniversary. The news was first reported back in October, but not many details were known, as EBU had only confirmed the show to be produced.
The show will be titled Eurovision Song Contest’s Greatest Hits and will be recorded at the London’s Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on the 31st of March. Tickets will be available from Friday, next 6th of February, on the Eurovision.tv and BBC websites from 11.15 CET.
The hosts for the evening will be Petra Mede (Eurovision 2013 host) and Graham Norton (Eurovision Dance Contest host and official british commentator), as just confirmed by SVT, the Swedish Television. The show will be produced by Guy Freeman and directed by Geoff Posner.
There is no official confirmation about the broadcasting time for BBC, meanwhile SVT has already unveiled that they will air it on the 4th of April. As stated by Eurovision.tv, the show will be broadcast “over Easter and beyond” in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The celebration will be also followed by a special conference on the 24th of April, called “Eurovision Song Contest: 60th Anniversary” and it will be held at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in London. The EBU event will explore the impact the Song Contest has had on the European public sphere over the last six decades and will see the presence of Conchita Wurst, to describe how her life changed after winning the show.