Why is the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest already underway in November 2014?

It might seem absurd to most in the United Kingdom that countries are already announcing their 2015 Eurovision Song Contest entries more than six months before the event takes place in Vienna next year. But Belgium and Montenegro have already announced their artists, the Swiss have been busy voting online through the first stage of their selection process and FYR Macedonia and Malta are both holding national finals in the next three weeks. So why is Eurovision starting earlier every year?

One reason is that the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest was such a huge success in terms of music quality, television ratings and media coverage. Several entries outperformed expectations in music charts at home and across the continent and Conchita Wurst’s huge media coverage after winning has kept the competition fresh in the minds of the European public. It seems logical for broadcasters to capitalise on the success of this year’s event and capitalise on maintained interest, rather than wait until January or February when the national selection process typically takes place.






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