Ever since Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2013 in Malmö, Danish cities have put themselves forward to host next year’s competition.
However, it comes as no surprise to learn Copenhagen will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. After three and a half months of negotiations, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation has decided on the Danish capital.
The venue for the three music shows, the semi-finals on 6 and 8 May and the final on 10 May next year, will be the old B&W shipyard. The old factory halls have been a crucial factor in the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s decision.
“We are so proud that the choice has fallen on Copenhagen to host Eurovision 2014. It is a big win for the entire Capital Region, which also has great value for all of Denmark. The Eurovision Song Contest is an opportunity for us to reach out to the world again and tell the story of one of our society’s industrial icons, Copenhagen shipyard, as a venue for the creative Copenhagen. We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the world,” says Lars Bernhard Jørgensen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen, who submitted the official bid in close cooperation with the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region.
The ancient and historic B&W shipyard on the island Refshaleøen in Copenhagen Harbour offers a unique opportunity to create a new and exciting framework for the Eurovision show.
According to executive producer and head of the Eurovision production in Denmark Pernille Gaardbo, the Copenhagen shipyard venue makes it possible to create an innovative TV show previously unseen in Eurovision history. The entire Refshaleøen island will be transformed into Eurovision Island, where participants, fans and media will meet for the world’s biggest music competition.