Last Thursday’s announcement of the changes in the way the running order of the next Eurovision Song Contest will be done has triggered a great number of reactions from fans and broadcasters. Mr. Alessandro Capicchioni , the Head of the Sammarinese Eurovision delegation, has stated that the new rule regarding the running order is a brave decision and has been taken for the success of the show, taking the Swedish Melodifestivalen as a role model.
Alessandro Capicchioni told Esctoday.com: “It’s a brave decision!. And it has surely been taken for the beauty and for the success of the show. Yet again, the Swedish Melodifestival stays as a model for the Eurovision Song Contest as Festival di San Remo did back in the ‘50s.The Host Broadcaster has now a great power.” says Mr Capicchioni.
And he continues: “It won’t decide the winner (because the best song will win whatever its position is), but it may affect the results of those singing in the central positions. If San Marino, for example, has the same type of song as Cyprus, upon which elements should the host broadcaster decide that we should sing after the break and Cyprus not, why Greece should sing 13th and Romania 17th or 21st? Last but not least: of course a great and well known artist would attract more interest than a ‘minor’ one and the organizers may want her/him to sing in the last positions to have a more thrilling show. Small countries are then disadvantaged because they do not normally have artists in the European charts. How can you defeat Blue, Humperdink, Kaas or Anouk in terms of fame if you’re not England, France or Holland? However, it’s a brave decision, go Christer go! ”