Imagine a pleasant September day in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Just months before, the small Baltic nation won the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest and now it was up to Estonia's public broadcaster ETV to organise and host the 2002 contest. Janek Mäggi, Internet Manager for the contest at ETV at the time, was scratching his head about the domain name to be used. He ended up choosing Eurovision.tv, which was launched in March 2002. Some 15 years later, a lot has changed on the internet, but Eurovision.tv is still the Eurovision Song Contest's official website.
In 2002 and 2003 the Host Broadcaster was still responsible for Eurovision.tv. Since 2004, the website was centralised and operated by an online agency, under supervision of the European Broadcasting Union. In 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013 the website saw radical changes.
Right now, nearly 15 years after the first Eurovision.tv went live — and over one BILLION page views later — you are looking at a brand new Eurovision.tv.
Until the end of April, we will be launching new functionality, fix any issues you may experience and prepare for the event weeks in May.
The internet is developing at an insanely rapid pace. To keep up with that pace, we decided to completely rebuild the new Eurovision.tv back in January last year.
We started building right after the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. We also redesigned every page of the website, to give stories, photos, videos and data the space they deserve on desktop computers and laptops, and improve the experience on smartphones and tablets.
Speaking of mobile; one development clearly stood out in 2016: It was the first year we saw more web traffic coming to Eurovision.tv from mobile devices than desktops. As mobile internet connections are often slower and as mobile data can be quite expensive, we built (nerd-alert!) a front-end based on React and Node.js, to significantly reduce page size and reduce loading times.
We are proud of the vibrant community of unofficial fan sites that cover every aspect of the Eurovision Song Contest. Rather than doing what they do and compete with them — we wouldn't dare to! — we decided to take the official website in a slightly different direction. From now on, we will focus on
In the process of rebuilding Eurovision.tv, we
We can't wait to pack our bags and head for Kyiv. We'll be reporting live from this year's Eurovision capital starting 28th of April.