The first day of September is a key milestone in the Eurovision calendar. In theory, any song commercially released after this date may be considered for inclusion in the next Eurovision Song Contest. It is traditionally seen as the start of the new Eurovision Song Contest season. Let's look back at some of the highlights from the month of September.
As autumn takes hold various national broadcasters are beginning to turn their attention to their respective entries for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Germany announced that it will return to the format that gave the country its best results and most recent winner. The show, Eurovision Song Contest - Unser Song 2017, will see five young talents fight for the opportunity to represent Germany in Kyiv next year.
At the start of the month Eurovision Young Musicians took place in Cologne, Germany. 11 young musicians from across Europe participated in the 18th edition of the contest which saw saxophonist Łukasz Dyczko win the competition for Poland.
Swedish public broadcaster SVT, won a prestigious Kristallen award for its production of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. The awards, known as the Swedish Emmy Awards, have been presented since 2005. SVT's production from Stockholm was nominated in the category of best entertainment show. Måns Zelmerlöw, who co-presented the contest this year, alongside Petra Mede, was also nominated as male host of the year.
A few weeks later the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest won a Rose D’Or Award in the TV Entertainment category. The awards honour the best of international television, radio and online entertainment. This year over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters in 33 different countries were submitted for the awards.
The 60th anniversary website of the Eurovision Song Contest won a Golden Lovie Award in the Television category. The Lovie Awards, often referred to as the European Oscars for digital work, are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), and are the leading European award honouring excellence on the Internet.