Swedish cities compete to host next Eurovision
Sweden's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, has already pitted the country's three biggest cities against each other in a competition on where the event will be held next year.
Shortly after Loreen's victory in Baku, Stockholm City Mayor Sten Nordin issued a press statement, saying "Welcome to Stockholm 2012" and announced the city has already made a preliminary booking of 3,000 hotel rooms for the week in May next year.
But in the country's second biggest city, Gothenburg, Mayor Anneli Hulthén, has said she thinks their Scandinavium stadium would be perfect for the event. Meanwhile, in the south of the country, Percy Nilsson - who owns Malmö Arena - said he would love to host it next year. "It would be a big thing both for Malmö Arena and for Malmö City," he told the tabloid Aftonbladet.
Commenting on the competition between the three cities, Nilsson said: "It has turned into a Eurovision Contest of Arenas".
Swedish Television's CEO Eva Hamilton tells the news agency TT that a decision will be made on Monday as to where the competition will be held. She also said that any of the three cities could come in question.
Sweden has hosted the Eurovision song contest four times before. Stockholm has been the host city twice, while Gothenburg and Malmö have each held it once. However the arrangements are far more demanding today with two semi-finals as well as the final.
The first time Sweden won the Eurovision Song contest was in 1974, when ABBA sang Waterloo. In 1984 Herreys won with "Diggi-loo diggi-ley", Carola made it to number one in 1991 with "Fångad av en stormvind" and in 1999 Charlotte Perelli scored with her "Take Me to Your Heaven".