Post by worldidols on Jan 25, 2016 15:01:58 GMT
Allocation Draw: The results!
Find out which countries will perform in which semi final
Stockholm, Sweden - Moments ago the Semi-Final Allocation Draw took place in Stockholm. Check out which countries will perform in which semi final! In a special ceremony in the City Hall, Stockholm became the official host city of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
•Bosnia and Herzegovina
At the request of German broadcaster ARD, and following approval from the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, Germany will broadcast and vote in the second Semi-Final on 12th May. Israel will compete in the second Semi-Final since the first Semi-Final clashes with the country's memorial day. Alongside Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom will vote in the second Semi-Final. France, Spain and host country Sweden will vote in the first Semi-Final.
Even though the Eurovision Song Contest has had a logo since 2004 - the word Eurovision with a heart in the middle - every year the EBU encourages the host broadcaster to come up with a theme art that is specific to the event that year. The theme for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is Come Together.
Reflecting on the theme for 2016, Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest said "The Eurovision Song Contest is never about borders, politics or ideologies. It is about reaching across all the boundaries that separates us human beings from each other".
Sweden and SVT invite Europe and the world to Come Together in Stockholm in May!
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 - this is the logo
"Come Together" - that is the theme of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The logo is inspired by a dandelion.
The symbol consists of a variety of sparkling seeds, which are combined into one unit.
- The symbol carries with it a lot and you can interpret it in different ways, but the idea was to start from a dandelion was something we liked. Most people can relate to it. It has an enormous growth potential, it is widespread across Europe and it can move, says Lotta Loosme, Communications Manager for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.
A unifying force
The idea generation process reverts to the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest, which was born in a post-war in the 1950s. Meanwhile the new technical possibilities, where it is now going to send out a signal with sound and moving image that people in different countries could gather for.
The idea then was born to fill this signal with a unifying message, with singing and artistry, and affirming European diversity.
- We want to bring with us all the nice keynote that Eurovision is based on - it was important then and is just as important now, says Lotta Loosme.
The logo is developed by the Agency INGO. Richard Holst, who is the art director of INGOs and that stands for the design of the symbol, elaborates:
- The symbol is a dandelion with reverse function. It is made up of small seeds, "aviator", coming from all over Europe to gather in our magical flower and visualize the positive energy that occurs when the music's joy and power come together in Eurovision in 2016.
Slogan: "Come Together"
This year's slogan refers back to the theme that is collected, a theme that also accords well with the host city's values of a Stockholm for all. "Come Together" also conveys that people are more than welcome to experience the Eurovision 2016, either on site in the Globe or the sofa.
- "Come Together" relate to our symbol, but also links to the history of the Eurovision Song Contest carry with them and that is just as relevant today, says Lotta Loosme.
The symbol becomes organic
The symbol also has a 3D function which is produced by agencies Brokendoll and Swiss.
- We already work with ideas started from the symbol to move. It is organic and pulsating color explosion. Seeds, or "Aviator" as we call them, adventurous journey to unite in our magical flower is an important part. We have put much effort into how they are designed, and how they move, they are like their own little fuss, said Richard Holst.
- I hope the fans and the rest of Europe will have the same feelings that we do. We are very proud and happy, says Lotta Loosme.