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Can Serbia host ESC Next Year?

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Message 1 - posted by mystery1000 (U3299086) , May 13, 2007

do they have the right infastructure and venue to host the contest? not to mention the millions it costs to host the event.
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Message 2 - posted by MARTINX9 (U1431025) , May 13, 2007

Yes - because Serbia won't be paying for it. The BBC and big four pick up 80%+ of the costs of the contest (the BBC pays 40% alone) so Serbia won't have any problems staging it.

Given that the BBC cannot afford to keep the FA Cup or Neighbours is it right that us licence payers should continue to subsidise the EBU and Eurovision so disproportionately!

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Message 3 - posted by cosmicchocolate07 (U7733947) , May 13, 2007

I think they can. If Ukraine could, they can. They also have some big stadiums from their glory days. (Actually, I don't know if they're still standing, or weren't bombed)

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Message 4 - posted by Eileen Dover (U7676842) , May 13, 2007

They have the Beogradska Arena in Belgrade which was opened in 2004 and has a capacity of 20000. The contest is now funded entirely by the EBU along with sponsorship.

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Message 5 - posted by JelenaBgd (U8348340) , May 13, 2007

don't worry, we can do it...we have the biggest arena in eastern europe (where we organized the European championships in basketball 2 years ago)...have any of you ever been in Serbia?! you should stop with all these prejudices...

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Message 6 - posted by Gollumcwg (U8348433) , May 13, 2007

You will probably find, as with the voting, its friendly countries will band together and host it as a group. I agree that Serbia will be a little pushed to host an international event. Perhaps it would be better if we have a first second and third place in the competition and these countries could give a helping hand to the winner to host the event.

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Message 7 - posted by jamesdegi (U4037860) , May 13, 2007

You know? Estonia in 2003 was faced with the same problem, can they finance it? So much so that at some point they weren't going to host the show and Malta was going to do it, since Ira Losco's seventh wonder came second. But then it was sorted out and if I'm not mistaken their neighbours Estonia went on to win the show.

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Message 8 - posted by blablablaxyz (U1825089) , May 13, 2007

It will be held in the recently completed Belgrade Arena.

www.beoland.com/osta...

www.beograd.org.yu/g...

www.universiade-belg...



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Message 9 - posted by jbojan (U8345703) , May 13, 2007

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Message 10 - posted by Allkinds (U7858436) , May 13, 2007

They will be able to host the event ok. I even hear that they have electricity there.

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Message 11 - posted by spaceygal (U1439791) , May 13, 2007

That's a lovely arena, very impressive.

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Message 12 - posted by jbojan (U8345703) , May 13, 2007

I just want to reply on message10 and just say that Nikola Tesla invented electric power he was a Serb.
en.wikipedia.org/wik...

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Message 13 - posted by dstankovic (U8350649) , May 13, 2007

Don't worry, Serbia will be a great host for Eurovision 2008. State broadcaster RTS has enough experience in covering major sports events amd music concerts and the Belgrade Arena is a new and functional multi-purpose venue for such events.

Dragan Stankovic

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Message 14 - posted by andreandrea (U8329200) , May 13, 2007

If you want, here you can see everything about Belgrade - www.beograd.org.yu/c...

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Message 15 - posted by jbojan (U8345703) , May 13, 2007

I just want to say something.You are saying that BBC is haveing losses bicouse they finance the contest.I do not think so!I think they earn money here!

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Message 16 - posted by krakelingen (U8349462) , May 13, 2007

I can't understand where this spite comes from?

Perhaps Serbia isn't the richest country in the world but making assumptions about lack of electricity (and, as I saw someone post in another thread, lack of food, water etc.) just goes to show how ignorant and arrogant people are.

Maybe you should travel a bit more. It does wonders for your general knowledge!

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Message 17 - posted by mystery1000 (U3299086) , May 13, 2007

i never mentioned anything about electricity. all i meant was that i didnt know if there were any big enough stadiums designed to hold so many people for the show, thats all.

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Message 18 - posted by Allkinds (U7858436) , May 13, 2007

That remark about electricity wasn't meant to be taken seriously.

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Message 19 - posted by rosetta12 (U5488275) , May 13, 2007

First I want to say I'm definitely not talking from prejudice, I've even been to Serbia & Belgrade. But considering how much spite Finland received before the contest (complaints about technical stuff etc.), and considering Finland *is* one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, I'm just wondering how much spite Serbia will receive...

(Although I'm sure last night proved all how wrong all those moaners were! smiley)

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Message 20 - posted by Austerity Sheep (U1188829) , May 13, 2007

Didn't Yugoslavia win it? Did anyone question the country's ability to stage the event back then? OK, so it was in Zagreb, but all the former Yugoslavian states were going through troubled times then.

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