In just two weeks, the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine. A total of forty-two artists will take to the stage, designed by Florian Wieder (who also designed the contest’s stage in Vienna, 2015). However, this year’s stage design was not the original – apparently altered due to the significant cost of production.
The original design, revealed by dw.com shows how the (now flat) row of LED screens behind the stage was originally intended to be staggered, with three layers running to the back wall. The greenroom was supposed to lie to the left of the stage, visible in long shots and during voting, however this was moved to the back of the exhibition centre – more than likely to save on lighting and prevent early acts from having an unfair disadvantage. Most significantly of all, the stage was supposed to feature state of the art holographic lighting that would allow imagery to appear in front of the artists in a similar way to the information displayed before Australia’s Dami Im at last year’s contest. The holograms would ‘interact’ with the stage floor, appearing to pulsate outward upon what was an attached island. The island would allow artists to walk from the stage into the arena, appearing to be in the audience.
Like many of this year’s more ambitious plans, the original stage design was simplified and made smaller to save on costs for the host broadcaster, National Television Ukraine. This year’s stage has now been constructed and is ready for use, rehearsals with the artist commence tomorrow morning from 8am BST (covered live on Eurovoix.com).
Florian Wieder, the stage designer of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest was one of four bidding designers hoping to secure the contract; two were from Ukrainian firms, two international. The decision to award the contract to Wieder Design was taken by the organising committee for this year’s contest.
Wieder Design was established in 1995 and has to date created the stages for three editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. He created the stages for the 2011, 2012 and 2015 contests and has worked on projects such as X Factor in the United Kingdom and USA as well as Got Talent. The stage that Mr Wieder and his team design will be revealed in February.