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|Eurovision Song Contest 2014|
|Semi-final 1 date||6 May 2014|
|Semi-final 2 date||8 May 2014|
|Final date||10 May 2014|
|Venue||B&W Hallerne, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Presenter(s)||Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel, and Pilou Asbæk|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Number of entries||37|
|Returning countries|| Poland|
|Withdrawing countries|| Bulgaria|
|Voting system||Countries vote 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 points with a 50/50 jury and televote combination|
|Winner||Austria "Rise Like a Phoenix" by Conchita Wurst|
|Eurovision Song Contest|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest's win in the 2013 contest with the song "Only Teardrops". This was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the last time being in 2001. Denmark was also the first country to win twice in the new millennium, and the second country after Sweden to host the contest twice in the new millennium.
Thirty-seven countries competed in the contest. The preliminary dates set for the two semi-finals were 6 May and 8 May 2014, with the final planned for the evening of 10 May 2014.
Three cities and four arenas placed bids to hold the contest. Copenhagen's B&W Hallerne and a large tent of the grounds of DR Byen, Herning's Jyske Bank Boxen, and Horsens' Fængslet (which is a prison). On September 2, 2013 it was revealed that B&W Hallerne was chosen to host the contest.
Copenhagen's B&W Hallerne and a large tent of the grounds of DR Byen, Herning's Jyske Bank Boxen, and Horsens' Fængslet (which is a prison) all have placed bids to host the contest. The deadline for bigs was on June 19, 2013. On September 2, 2013 it was revealed that B&W Hallerne was chosen to host the contest.
|Aalborg||Gigantium||8,500||Hosted Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2006, 2010 and 2012. Withdrew on 17 June 2013.|
|Copenhagen||A large tent on the grounds of DR Byen||10-15,000||—|
|Parken Stadium||50,000||Hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2001. Withdrew on 28 June 2013.|
|Fredericia||MesseC||8,000||Withdrew on 26 June 2013.|
|Herning||Jyske Bank Boxen||15,000||Hosted the final of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2013|
Spain, France, and Denmark voted in this semi-final.
|01||Armenia||English||Aram MP3||"Not Alone"||—||4||121|
|02||Latvia||English, Latvian||Aarzemnieki||"Cake to Bake"||—||13||33|
|06||Albania||English||Hersi||"One Night's Anger"||—||15||22|
|08||Azerbaijan||English||Dilara Kazimova||"Start a Fire"||—||9||57|
|11||Moldova||English||Cristina Scarlat||"Wild Soul"||—||16||13|
|12||San Marino||English||Valentina Monetta||"Maybe"||—||10||40|
|13||Portugal||Portuguese||Suzy||"Quero Ser Tua"||I want to be yours||11||39|
|14||The Netherlands||English||The Common Linnets||"Calm After the Storm"||—||1||150|
|15||Montenegro||Montenegrin||Sergej Ćetković||"Moj svijet" (Мој свијет)||My world||7||63|
Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final.
|02||Israel||English, Hebrew||Mei Finegold||"Same Heart"||—||14||19|
|03||Norway||English||Carl Espen||"Silent Storm"||—||6||77|
|04||Georgia||English||The Shin and Mariko||"Three Minutes to Earth"||—||15||15|
|05||Poland||Polish, English||Donatan & Cleo||"My Słowianie - We Are Slavic"||Us Slavs - We Are Slavic||8||70|
|06||Austria||English||Conchita Wurst||"Rise Like a Phoenix"||—||1||169|
|09||Ireland||English||Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith||"Heartbeat"||—||12||35|
|11||Macedonia||English||Tijana||"To the Sky"||—||13||33|
|12||Switzerland||English||Sebalter||"Hunter of Stars"||—||4||92|
|13||Greece||English||Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd||"Rise Up"||—||7||74|
|14||Slovenia||English, Slovene||Tinkara Kovač||"Round and Round"||—||10||52|
|15||Romania||English||Paula Seling & Ovi||"Miracle"||—||2||125|
- Andorra – The Andorran broadcaster has informed esctoday.com that due to financial reasons and a tight budget the broadcaster has decided not to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest. Hence we will not see Andorra return to Eurovision next year.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina - Despite the Bosnian broadcaster Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) initially stating their intention to participate in the contest, on 18 December 2013 it was announced that they would not be taking part due to a lack of sponsorship.
- Bulgaria – Though at first BNT announced its participation, later on 22 November 2013, BNT announced its withdrawal, due to budget cuts and financial reasons.
- Croatia – Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) announced on 19 September 2013 that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest, citing the European financial crisis, as well as a string of poor results between 2010 and 2013 influencing their decision to take a year break. The last time Croatia qualified for the grand final was in 2009.
- Cyprus – Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has withdrawn from 2014 citing public indifference and the economic crisis for not taking part.
- Czech Republic – The Czech broadcaster Česká televize (ČT) commented on their Facebook page that they have no plans on returning to the contest.
- Liechtenstein – 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1FLTV) previously sought government subsidies to support membership in the EBU. The broadcaster originally intended to participate in 2013, however it has yet to join the EBU which is a requirement for entering the contest. On 10 September 2013, 1FLTV informed and confirmed to Esctoday.com that Liechtenstein wound not be participating in Copenhagen; stating that the broadcaster has no plans to join the EBU at the moment.
- Luxembourg – The chief executive officer of RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Alain Berwick, stated that Luxembourg would not return to the contest, citing the potential financial burden of hosting the contest and a lack of public interest as reasons for this decision.
- Monaco – The Monegasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) has informed Esctoday.com that Monaco would not be returning to the contest in 2014.
- Morocco – On 11 September 2013, Moroccan broadcaster Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) informed and confirmed to Esctoday.com that they have not rule out the possibility of making a comeback in the near future, but currently have no plans to make their return at the 2014 contest.
- Serbia – On November 22, 2013 Serbia announces its withdrawal, due to financial reasons.
- Slovakia – Participation in the 2014 contest was denied by the official Twitter feed for the Slovakian broadcaster Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS), when they were asked by ESC Club Slovakia on September 1st whether they would be taking part in the 2014 contest.
- Turkey – On 14 September 2013, the general director of Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), İbrahim Şahin, stated that there are no plans to return to the contest under the current conditions. Dissatisfaction with the introduction of a mixed jury/televote voting system and the current status of the "Big Five" were once again cited as reasons for this decision.