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  • The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will be hosted by
    Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel, and Pilou Asbæk

    Hosts Eurovision 2014 press

    After we saw a single host last year in Sweden with Petra Mede, DR has chosen to go back to the three host format. Head of Show Jan Lagermand Lundme joked that “the Swedes used one, and we have to do it better.”

    According to the Head of Show, the three represent the classic (Nikolaj), the empathic (Lise), and the surprising (Pilou) host.


    Lise Rønne

    Most widely known in Denmark for hosting four editions of the Danish X Factor, Lise has also hosted the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix selection show twice, in 2011 and 2013. She has worked at DR for years, being a journalist for several news shows.

    “I have to admit it’s a dream job. It’s with awe and excitement that we now go to work. My foremost task will be to try to create a safe harbor of presence and calm in the middle of all the massive going on. But with that being said, we of course also have to create a party for everyone watching,” Lise said to




    Nikolaj Koppel

    A classically trained pianist, Nikolaj chose a career change to become a journalist. He became widely known to the Danish public in 2009 when he was a judge on Talent ’09, the Danish version of America’s Got Talent. Later he got more hosting experience hosting the DR evening show Aftenshowet, while having also hosted several charity events.

    “You can’t compare much to hosting Eurovision. It’s in a different league. I will do my best to make all corners of Europe and the world feel safe and welcome at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014,” Nikolaj said to




    Pilou Asbæk

    The biggest surprise in the host trio is award-winning actor Pilou Asbæk, who was named a “shooting star” at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. He is known several European countries for his role in the DR drama “Borgen.”

    “When I got offered the job, I had no doubts. I had to do this. But when I think of the work ahead, I get a little nervous. I will do anything in my power to become a good Eurovision host. I think it’s going to be the most insane experience and a party that everyone is invited to,” Pilou said to




    Head of Show Jan Lagermand Lundme and Executive Producer Pernille Gaardbo talk about choosing the hosts.



    Photos: Michael Søndergaard, Agnete Schlichtkrull / DR

  • Monday, April 28
    Country First Rehearsal Press Meet & Greet
    Armenia 10:00-10:30 12:20-12:40
    Latvia 10:40-11:10 13:00-13:20
    Estonia 11:20-11:50 13:40-14:00
    Sweden 12:50-13:20 15:10-15:30
    Iceland 13:30-14:00 15:50-16:10
    Albania 14:10-14:40 16:30-16:50
    Russia 14:50-15:20 17:10-17:30
    Azerbaijan 15:30-16:00 17:50-18:10
    Ukraine 16:40-17:10 19:00-19:20
    Belgium 17:20-17:50 19:40-20:00



    Tuesday, April 29
    Country First Rehearsal Press Meet & Greet
    Moldova 10:00-10:30 12:20-12:40
    San Marino 10:40-11:10 13:00-13:20
    Portugal 11:20-11:50 13:40-14:00
    The Netherlands 12:50-13:20 15:10-15:30
    Montenegro 13:30-14:00 15:50-16:10
    Hungary 14:10-14:40 16:30-16:50
    Malta 14:50-15:20 17:10-17:30
    Israel 15:30-16:00 17:50-18:10
    Norway 16:40-17:10 19:00-19:20
    Georgia 17:20-17:50 19:40-20:00
    Poland 18:00-18:30 20:20-20:40



    Wednesday, April 30
    Country First Rehearsal Press Meet & Greet
    Austria 10:00-10:30 12:20-12:40
    Lithuania 10:40-11:10 13:00-13:20
    Finland 11:20-11:50 13:40-14:00
    Ireland 12:50-13:20 15:10-15:30
    Belarus 13:30-14:00 15:50-16:10
    Macedonia 14:10-14:40 16:30-16:50
    Switzerland 14:50-15:20 17:10-17:30
    Greece 15:30-16:00 17:50-18:10
    Slovenia 16:40-17:10 19:00-19:20
    Romania 17:20-17:50 19:40-20:00



    Thursday, May 01
    No rehearsals



    Friday, May 02
    EBU/DR welcome press conference 11:00-12:00
    Country Second Rehearsal Press Conference
    Armenia 12:00-12:20 13:00-13:20
    Latvia 12:25-12:45 13:30-13:50
    Estonia 12:50-13:10 14:00-14:20
    Sweden 13:15-13:35 14:30-14:50
    Iceland 13:40-14:00 15:20-15:40
    Albania 14:05-14:25 15:50-16:10
    Russia 14:30-14:50 16:20-16:40
    Azerbaijan 15:20-15:40 16:50-17:10
    Ukraine 15:45-16:05 17:20-17:40
    Belgium 16:10-16:30 17:50-18:10
    Moldova 16:35-16:55 18:20-18:40
    San Marino 17:00-17:20 18:50-19:10
    Portugal 18:20-18:40 19:40-20:00
    The Netherlands 18:45-19:05 20:10-20:30
    Montenegro 19:10-19:30 20:40-21:00
    Hungary 19:35-19:55 21:10-21:30



    Saturday, May 03
    Country Second Rehearsal Press Conference
    Malta 12:00-12:20 13:00-13:20
    Israel 12:25-12:45 13:30-13:50
    Norway 12:50-13:10 14:00-14:20
    Georgia 13:15-13:35 14:30-14:50
    Poland 13:40-14:00 15:20-15:40
    Austria 14:05-14:25 15:50-16:10
    Lithuania 14:30-14:50 16:20-16:40
    Finland 15:20-15:40 16:50-17:10
    Ireland 15:45-16:05 17:20-17:40
    Belarus 16:10-16:30 17:50-18:10
    Macedonia 16:35-16:55 18:20-18:40
    Switzerland 17:00-17:20 18:50-19:10
    Greece 18:20-18:40 19:40-20:00
    Slovenia 18:45-19:05 20:10-20:30
    Romania 19:10-19:30 20:40-21:00



    Sunday, May 04
    Press Conference with hosts 11:50-12:20
    Country First Rehearsal Press Meet & Greet
    Germany 10:00-10:30 12:20-12:40
    United Kingdom 10:40-11:10 13:00-13:20
    France 11:20-11:50 13:40-14:00
    Denmark 12:00-12:30 14:20-14:40
    Italy 13:30-14:00 15:50-16:10
    Spain 14:10-14:40 16:30-16:50
    Red Carpet/Opening Ceremony 18:00
    Afterparty at Euroclub TBD



    Monday, May 05
    First Dress Rehearsal – Semi-Final 1 15:00-17:30
    Second Dress Rehearsal – Semi-Final 1 21:00-23:00




    Tuesday, May 06
    Country Second Rehearsal Press Conference
    Germany 10:30-10:50 11:30-11:50
    United Kingdom 10:55-11:15 12:00-12:20
    France 11:20-11:40 12:30-12:50
    Denmark 11:45-12:05 13:00-13:20
    Italy 12:10-12:30 13:30-13:50
    Spain 12:35-12:55 14:00-14:20
    Third Dress Rehearsal – Semi-Final 1 15:00-17:00
    Semi-Final 1 – Live Broadcast 21:00-23:00
    Qualifiers’ Press Conference 23:30-00:15



    Wednesday, May 07
    First Dress Rehearsal – Semi-Final 2 15:00-17:30
    Second Dress Rehearsal – Semi-Final 2 21:00-23:00



    Thursday, May 08
    Third Dress Rehearsal – Semi-Final 2 15:00-17:00
    Semi-Final 2 – Live Broadcast 21:00-23:00
    Qualifiers’ Press Conference 23:30-00:15



    Friday, May 09
    First Dress Rehearsal – Grand Final 14:00-17:30
    Second Dress Rehearsal – Grand Final 21:00-00:30
    Press Conferences
    Junior Eurovision Song Contest 17:00-17:20
    Germany 17:30-17:50
    United Kingdom 18:00-18:20
    France 18:30-18:50
    Denmark 19:00-19:20
    Italy 19:30-19:50
    Spain 20:00-20:20



    Saturday, May 10
    Third Dress Rehearsal – Grand Final 13:00-14:30
    Grand Final – Live Broadcast 21:00-00:30
    Winner’s Press Conference 01:00 – ?



    The first rehearsals are closed to the press and fans, and must be watched at the Press Center.

    The first dress rehearsals are open to accredited press and fans. The second dress rehearsal is the jury show and the third is the family show.

  • The Island and the Venue



    This year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes place on the old, industrial island of Refshaleøen, which will become Eurovision Island for the two weeks of the show.



    The name of the island, which is actually a peninsula, comes from the danish word, rævehale, meaning foxtail, as some thought it to look like a foxtail when viewed from above. The area was originally sand dunes, which was filled with dirt by the municipality in 1872.


    Largest workplace in Denmark

    The island is rich with industrial history. Until 1996, it was home to the shipyard Burmeister & Wein, founded in Christianshavn in 1846, which at its height employed 8,000 employees, making it the biggest workplace in Denmark. Since it closed, the area has undergone a change from industry to recreational space, hosting several events and concerts, while also being home to restaurants and entrepreneurs.


    Converted for Eurovision

    For Eurovision, the old B&W shipbuilding halls have been converted from container storage space into a large arena with room for 10.000 audience members.

    Support pillars have been knocked down to join the two halls, the roof has been reinforced to carry the heavy load of the sound and light rig, and big grandstands have been constructed for the audience.


    The stage



    Like this year’s logo, the Eurovision diamond, the 2014 stage will also be in the shape of a diamond. It was designed by Claus Zier, who has been behind every Dansk Melodi Grand Prix stage in recent years.

    3000 lights will light up the performances and illustrations will flash across 1200 square meters of LED.

    Stage construction began in late February, as large pieces of metal welded into cubes were being transported into the venue and concluded in mid-april.


    More on the stage:

  • Check out our news archive of the creation of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest!

    Copenhagen 2014

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