Feb, 2010

Today the official sale of tickets for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest kicked off. As many as 90 000 tickets can be purchased through the official Norwegian ticketing service Billettservice, both online and through the company’s call center.

Mind you, if anyone else sells Eurovision tickets, for any of the events, chances are these are fake. The event venue is Telenor Arena in one of Oslo’s neighbourhoods Bærum.

This year, there are no tickets for the Dress Rehearsals of the two semi-finals – only the live shows can be watched in the hall.

First Semi-Final – 25 May – from 75 to 37 Euro
Second Semi-Final – 27 May – from 75 to 37 Euro
• Final (second Dress Rehearsal) – 28 May – from 75 to 37 Euro
• Final (third Dress Rehearsal) – 29 May – from 75 to 37 Euro
• Grand Final – 29 May – from 200 to 100 Euro

not including booking taxes.

As the new rules of the Eurovision postulated a couple of years ago, all the countries should participate in a semi-final. Except for the host country and the Big Four. On Friday, 7 February, the EBU drew the semi-final allocation, the distribution of votes of the big 4 and Norway, and the respective halves (first / second) in which the countries will compete.

By the way, tickets are on sale as of today :-)

Here are the two lists:

Semi-Final 1 – 25 May 2010

First half:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Estonia
Finland
Latvia
Moldova
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia

Second half:
Albania
Belarus
Belgium
FYR Macedonia
Greece
Iceland
Malta
Poland
Portugal

Semi-Final 2 – 27 May 2010

First half:
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Denmark
Israel
Lithuania
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine

Second half:
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Georgia
Ireland
The Netherlands
Romania
Slovenia
Turkey

Here is the allocation of the voting of the Big Four and the host country:

First Semi-Final: Germany and Spain
Second Semi-Final: Norway, UK, France