Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Copenhagen

Copenhagen will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) announced last week.

When Denmark in 2014 will attempt to defend its title as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, the B&W halls on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen will be the setting for the show. The old, historical shipyard halls in Copenhagen harbour have been central for the selection, DR writes.

"The idea is that Reftshaleøen will be converted into a Eurovision Island, where all Danes, participants and European guests can meet around the Eurovision Song Contest," DR says.

DR’s Executive Director Maria Rørbye Rønn believes that the selection is a unique opportunity to create excitement around the show.

"Our goal is that all guests should feel welcome. The Eurovision Song Contest should be a gigantic public festival. Something we can gather around and be enthusiastic and cheerful about - both here and in the rest of Europe. Obviously, we will also make this an event that we can all be proud of for a long time", she says.

The Grand Prix Finals will take place on 10 May, and semi-finals on 6 and 8 May 2014.