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Norway hosts 55th Eurovision Song Contest

May 25, 2010 - OSLO

The winner of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, Norway, hosts the 55th edition of one of the most followed television events in Europe. The original announced date, 22 May, was changed to later in the month because it conflicted with another mega-TV draw, the Champions League football final. The host city is still undecided. Moscow, the 54th host, set a record for spending that the Norwegian host city might or might not choose to match.

The winner of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, Norway, hosts the 55th edition of one of the most followed television events in Europe. The original announced date, 22 May, was changed to later in the month because it conflicted with another mega-TV draw, the Champions League football final. Moscow, the 54th host, set a record for spending that the Norwegian host city might or might not choose to match. Moscow was reported to have spent US $42 million on the five-day event, making it the most expensive competition in Eurovision's history. Traditionally, the winning country hosts the next edition of the contest. Alexander Rybak, a 23-year-old ethnic Belarussian who grew up outside Oslo, won the 54th with his singing and violin playing in the final at a stadium built for the 1980 Olympic Games. He beat 24 other contestants with his song "Fairytale." Rybak scored a record 387 points, beating Iceland with 218 points and Azerbaijan with 207 points. It was the third time Norway has won the competition. Some Song Contest winners go on to international fame. The 1974 win for ABBA, with "Waterloo," kicked off a 10-year reign of the charts. The competition is restricted to some 40 national broadcasters in the TV distribution network run by the European Broadcasting Union. The top 10 scoring countries from 2009 have already won places in the 2010 contest. Germany, France, Spain and the United Kingdom are also automatically given places in the final as their broadcasters contribute the largest amount of money towards staging this show and other EBU activities.

Moscow Eurovision Song Contest

Norway: Plans for 2010 full speed ahead (esctoday)

Evn Song Contest dates (GoScandia)

Heated debate in Norway regarding possible host cities (Eurovisionary 21 May 2009)

EBU

Date written/update: 2010-05-25