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Post  PeterCrouch on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:54 pm

The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 will be the 55th Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will take place at the Telenor Arena, in the municipality suburb of Bærum, which is situated in the southern part of the Greater Oslo, Norway. This follows Alexander Rybak's win at the 2009 Contest with "Fairytale". It will be the third time Norway has hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1986 and 1996. The semi-finals will take place on 25 and 27 May 2010, with the final on 29 May 2010.[1][2] It has been announced that the voting system used in the semi-finals will change from previous years to balance jury voting with televoting, while the return of the orchestra is also being proposed. 34 countries have so far confirmed their participation in the contest, with Georgia[3] announcing a return to the contest, while the Czech Republic,[4][5] Hungary[6] and Montenegro[7][8] have announced they will withdraw


€17 million (150 million Norwegian kroner) was the venue budget agreed upon by Trond Giske and Hans-Tore Bjerkaas, respectively the Norwegian Minister for Culture and the head of Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).[9][10] This represents a larger budget than that allotted in the 2007 Contest in Helsinki, but is not as much as the budget in Moscow for 2009.[9]

At a press conference in Oslo on 27 May 2009, it was announced that the show will be held in the Oslo metropolitan area. NRK argued that Oslo was the only city with the required capacity, venues, and infrastructure to hold the show. On 3 July 2009, it was decided that the venue will be the newly constructed Telenor Arena, in the municipality of Bærum neighbouring Oslo.[11] The Oslo Spektrum was ruled out to host the contest due to its smaller size and capacity.[1]

NRK have not yet announced who will present the 2010 Contest, however the Norwegian media have discussed possible presenters. NRK hosts Jon Almaas and Fredrik Skavlan of Nytt på nytt and Først & sist, respectively, are amongst the ones being discussed, while the popular TV 2 duo Thomas Numme and Harald Rønneberg came in first during a voting-campaign that Dagbladet had posted on its website where readers could vote on the celebrity they would wanted to present the contest the most. The well known TV 2 presenter Dorthe Skappel has expressed interest in presenting the contest ceremony, and came second on Dagbladet's poll.[12]
See also: Voting at the Eurovision Song Contest

On 11 October 2009 the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the format of the semi-finals will be changed so that the results will be determined by a combination of 50% national jury and 50% televoting, making it more consistent with the final. Each country's votes will be determined by combining the jury votes and the televoting results; the countries with the top ten highest points in each semi-final will qualify to participate in the final of the contest.[13] This replaces the semi-final format used in the 2008 and 2009 contests in which the countries with the top nine highest points from the televoting results in each semi-final qualified for the final. The tenth semi-final place was then given to the country with the highest number of points from the jury's votes which had not already qualified for the final from the televoting results.[14] On 26 October 2009 the EBU announced that the voting would be open throughout the competition and would conclude 15 minutes after the end of the very last song. [15]
Possible return of the orchestra

A number of fans began a campaign on social networking site Facebook to return the orchestra to the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, for the first time since 1998, with close to 4,000 people joining. The orchestra, used from the first contest in 1956, was dropped after the 1998 Contest due to rapid developments in music technology, which made backing tracks more useful. The debate on whether to return the orchestra to the contest has occurred since, with no such change planned by the EBU.[16][17]

Jan Fredrik Heyerdahl of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra has said that they would be interested in participating in the contest next year, given that the EBU and NRK agree. Some challenges may face their attempt, such as the fact that the number of participating entries has increased from 25 to around 40 since the last time an orchestra was seen on the Eurovision stage, with more than 40 entries now competing every year.[16][17]
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Countries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Azerbaijan · Belarus · Belgium · Bulgaria · Croatia · Cyprus · Denmark · Estonia · Finland · Germany · Iceland · FYR Macedonia · Malta · Norway · Poland · Portugal · Slovakia · Slovenia · Sweden · Switzerland · Turkey

34 countries have confirmed their participation in the 2010 Contest.Country Language Artist Song English translation
Albania[18] TBD 20 December 2009
Azerbaijan[19] TBD November 2009
Bosnia and Herzegovina[24] TBD 7 March 2010
Bulgaria[25] Miro[26][27]
Croatia[28] TBD 6 March 2010[29]
Denmark[31] TBD 6 February 2010
Estonia[32][33] TBD 6 March 2010
Finland[34] TBD 30 January 2010
Greece[37] TBD 19 February 2010
Iceland[38] TBD 6 February 2010
Macedonia[41] TBD February 2010
Malta[42][43] TBD 20 February 2010
Moldova[44] TBD January 2010
Norway (Host) TBD 6 February 2010
Poland[47][48] TBD 14 February 2010
Portugal[49] Portuguese[50] TBD 6 March 2010
Slovakia[54][55][56] Slovak[54] TBD January 2010
Slovenia[57][58] Slovene[59]
Sweden[60] TBD 13 March 2010
Switzerland[61][62] TBD December 2009
Turkey[63] TBD December 2009
United Kingdom[66]

Debuting countries

Liechtenstein's only broadcaster 1FLTV (1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television) is applying to join the EBU. 1FLTV's programme director Peter Kolbel has confirmed interest in Liechtenstein's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as full EBU membership is granted, which may happen in December 2009. Thus they are getting ready to debut in 2010, considering a national final concept similar to the German version of the Idol series – Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS).[67][68] In November 1FLTV decided against applying for EBU membership in December due to financial reasons, ruling out a debut in at the 2010 contest. The broadcaster will now look at other options for funding EBU membership in the future.[69][70]
Returning countries

The EBU announced that they would work harder to bring back Austria, Italy, and Monaco to the 2010 Contest.[71] In September Eurovision TV's director Bjørn Erichsen stated during an EBU press conference that "Austria will be back", and that the EBU "has reasons to believe that Luxembourg and Liechtenstein" will also participate and that "now we are only missing Italy".[72][73][74] In late October, Eurovision 2010 project manager Ola Sand has stated that "countries such as Monaco and Luxembourg have indicated that they wish to participate in next year's competition in Norway".[75][76]

However, representatives of broadcasters of Austria, Monaco and Luxembourg have denied their participation in the contest. Wolfgang Lorenz, the programme director of the Austrian broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), informed Austria will not take part in the competition stating that the contest has been "ruined by the regulations".[77] Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) has also declared that Monaco will not be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2010 Edition, mainly due to a lack of finances to send a Monegasque entry.[78] The RTL Group had announced that they were having serious discussions regarding a possible comeback for Luxembourg in the contest for the first time since 1993 but later confirmed that the country will not be present for the 2010 Contest either.[79]

Georgia has announced that it will be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest after withdrawing in 2009.[3] San Marino is also considering returning to the competition, after also withdrawing in 2009 due to financial concerns.[67]
Withdrawing countries

Andorra's broadcaster Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) has announced a 10% reduction in its spending budget for 2010 which may result in withdrawal of Andorra from the contest.[80] On 13 November RTVA decided that, although no funds existed for participation in the contest, they would submit an application to take part in case the shareholders do later decide to provide the necessary funding. However, if funds remain unavailable for participation, RTVA will withdraw from the contest.[81][82]

The Czech Republic has declared that it will leave the contest due to a lack of interest from Czech viewers after three successive semi-final failures since their debut in 2007.[4][5] Hungary will also withdraw from the 2010 Contest, due to financial difficulties of the national broadcaster Magyar Televízió (MTV).[6] Montenegro and the Montenegrin broadcaster Radiotelevizija Crne Gore (RTCG) will also withdraw due to financial reasons, in a way to reach financial consolidation after three years as an independent stateEurovision 2010 175px-Telenor_Arena

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