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Emmelie de Forest performing "Only Teardrops" in the Malmö Final

Denmark awarded hosting rights to Eurovision 2014

EBU Member DR, Denmark will host the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest following Saturday's final in Malmö, Sweden (18/5) won by Emmelie de Forest.

The 20 year old scored 281 points for 'Only Teardrops', which was written and composed by Lise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard. She was closely followed by Azerbaijan with 234 points and Ukraine with 214 points.

Emmelie from the town of Mariager in northern Denmark, began singing professionally at the age of 14.

More than 170 million viewers tuned for the two Semi-Finals and Final of the Contest, which was transmitted live over the Eurovision and Euroradio networks via EBU Member SVT. Thirty-nine public broadcasters participated in the 2013 contest.

Maria Rørbye Rønn – the Director General of Danish broadcaster DR answers questions about the broadcaster's role as host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Q: It's been twelve years since the Song Contest was last in Denmark.  How will you make an even bigger impact in 2014?

A: A lot has happened in the past twelve years. When Denmark last hosted the Eurovision Song Contest it was an entirely different setup. In 2001 there were no semifinals and fewer participating countries than today. Considering this, comparisons are difficult to make; having said that, our aim is to make it the best show possible.

Q: Which cities are under consideration to host the contest?

A: It’s too early to say anything specific. There are several venues in Denmark, which would be suitable for an event like the Contest. In the coming weeks we will create a vision for the show and begin to research the right venue to match our ambition.

Q: Malmö pulled off a high quality with careful attention to cost. Will you take a similar approach?

A: I think the Swedes did an excellent job with the show in Malmö. The way they were able to create a fantastic show with a limited budget is definitely an inspiration for us; indeed the Swedes have given us inspiration on many levels, but it’s too early to say anything more specific about the scale of the show in 2014.

Q: Can you reveal any other details about your plans?

A: All I can say now is that we are looking very much forward to welcoming all of Europe to Denmark in 2014, and we promise to do our very best to create an unforgettable event.

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