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Eurovision fans happy with host city choice

05 September 2013 at 14:10 CEST

Whilst Danes have been split down the middle about DR and the EBU selecting the Danish capital instead of the provinces as next year's host city, the reaction from abroad is completely different.

"The fans were ecstatic when then news was released on Monday morning", explains Sergio Jiandani, the Head of Press for fan site ESCtoday, to

Have already booked flights and hotels

Thousands of fans from all over Europe and even the USA and Australia travel each year to the Eurovision Song Contest.

"Now it will be easier for them to be part of it and there are many accommodation options. We have received so many positive reactions on our website and many fans have already booked flights and hotels", says Sergio Jiandani.

80 percent preferred Copenhagen

At the request of, ESCToday held in July a poll about which of the candidates the international fans preferred as host city: Herning, Horsens or Copenhagen.

"80 percent answered that they wanted Copenhagen to host", says Sergio Jiandani.

See also: Jon Ola Sand: It's great to bring the contest back to Copenhagen"

The fans know Copenhagen

Since Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest in May, DR has been bombarded by messages from fans who pleaded that the competition take place in Copenhagen.

This is partly due to the fact that the fans know Copenhagen already from before as Fotis Konstantopoulos, chief editor for another fan site, Oikotimes, explains.

They were here in 2001 when Parken organised the largest show in the competition's history and in 2005 when the 50th anniversary Congratulations show took place at Forum.

"Most of us travelled through Copenhagen to get to Malmö this year, and what we need is a city like Copenhagen with its large selection of hotels and an international airport nearby", Fotis Konstantopoulos concludes.

Hashtag brings Europe together

On Monday DR launched its slogan for next year's competition, #JoinUs, and fans have already begun to use it on social media sites.

"I am really happy that next year's motto is both a slogan and a hashtag that you can use on Facebook and Twitter. It will bring us closer together in Europe and invites everyone to come and be part of the party", says Sergio Jiandani, who has also planned to make the journey from Malaga to Copenhagen in May 2014.

Fotis Konstantopoulos who will travel to the Danish capital from Athens agrees.

"I think that it is one of the best slogans in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Why? Because I really believe that they mean it. Personally there is nothing I'd rather do that join you next year".

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May at the B&W-Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark.