Although the Eurovision Song Contest only wrapped up for this year around a month ago, preparations for the next contest in Austria are already in full swing. But what do we know about the 2015 edition so far?
- ORF have chosen their creative team already, which includes an Oscar winning director.
- 6 cities are currently in the running to host the contest, with the candidates including some unusual venues in Vienna, such as an airport hangar and a horse racing track.
- So far it already appears that there is high interest amongst broadcasters in the next contest. The following countries have confirmed their participation; Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the prequalified nations of Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom.
- Cyprus and Serbia have both given indication that they wish to return in 2015, but no official statement from either broadcaster has been released. A rumour that Monaco would be represented by a young singer named Josh Stanley has also been neither confirmed or denied by TMC.
- Andorra will not be returning to the 60th contest, and Slovakia has given strong indication of the same. Turkey, Bulgaria and Czech Republic seem to be in a grey area about returning and Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia have been quiet so far. Slovenia will decide on participation in September.
- Tickets for Eurovision 2015 are expected to go on sale later this year.
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