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Copenhagen Blog: Happy Birthday Israel!

In honour of Israel’s 66 years of independence, the Israeli delegation to Eurovision 2014 threw an Independence Day party at the Euroclub last night. Typical of Israeli generosity a buffet spread was set out which was replenished for most of the night.

Seen performing on stage (other than host artist Mei Feingold and a few other contestants) were Twin Twin (France), the ever ab-fab Conchita Wurst (Austria), Cleo & her Slavic Girls (”shaking what their mama gave them”, as their song lyrics go..) and Mariko & The Shin (Georgia).

More events are coming up at the Euroclub so get your entry wristband and #JoinUs

Photos:

https://picasaweb.google.com/RossKamarulBaharin/IsraelParty?authkey=Gv1sRgCM2wipG418-ZzQE#slideshow/6010269091105254354

Copenhagen Blog: Zumba!

The best way to keep warm at the Copenhagen Eurovision is by doing the zumba.

That’s right – braving a cold wind today Eurovision fans gathered at 12:00 in the Eurovision Village to zumba their chills away, led by Flosi from the Icelandic fan club (OGAE Iceland).

Ready, get set, and ZUMBA..

https://picasaweb.google.com/RossKamarulBaharin/Zumba?authkey=Gv1sRgCKfB6vLvhcuApAE#slideshow/6010269487121325746

Copenhagen Blog: Happenings

Yesterday’s Red Carpet Opening Ceremony took place in bright, warm spring sunshine balanced by a cold wind from somewhere (some locals blame Sweden..). Hair-dos however remained unruffled by the wind and many contestants had beautifully done hairstyles. Conchita Wurst (Austria), being Conchita Wurst, responded to a comment about doing her beautiful hair with ”I don’t know because I’m not there when they’re doing my hair”.

If you missed the live coverage of the ceremony you can watch it here: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/webtv?program=105153

Tomorrow the the Icelandic fan club OGAE Iceland will be leading a zumba session at the Eurovision Village – #JoinUs and more info from here: http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/zumba-gdk888977

Tonight the 10 qualifiers from Semifinal 1 will be partly decided – at 21:00 Copenhagen time the jury of each participating country will vote at the second dress rehearsal, giving 50% of the total votes for Semifinal 1. We will see the show live tomorrow at 22:00 Finnish time on YLE2, when televoters will cast the remaining 50% of the total votes, and the 10 qualifiers to the Grand Final will be confirmed by midnight tomorrow.

Excitement is rising..

 

#JoinUs – Euroviisufanin matkassa Kööpenhaminassa.

Toisena päivänä kaupunki on tullut jo tutuksi ja faneja on saapunut enemmän ja enemmän Köpikseen. Suomalaisia fanejakin on paikalla jo paljon. Lauantaina näin myös areenan ensimmäistä kertaa ja myös Softenginen harjoitukset.
Areenalle menoon kannattaa tosiaan varata aikaa ja erityisesti semifinaalien ja finlaalin aikaan areenalle menevä tie tulee tukkeutumaan. Areena näyttää ulospäin tosiaan teollisuusalueella olevalta vanhalta hangaarilta. Mutta sisälle on onnistuttu tekemään loistava areena. Fanien paikat näyttävät olevan hyvät. Istumapaikat sijaitsevat molemmin puolin lavaa ja seisomapaikat ovat aivan esiintymislavan edessä. Kamerat jäävät fanien taakse, eli näkyvyys pitäisi olla hyvä.
Softenginen lauantaiset harjoitukset menivät hyvin. Bändi on todella rock ja osaa asiansa. Lava on hieno ja Softenginen esityksessä valot tekevät todellakin rock -konsertin tunnelmaa. Hyvillä mielillä voidaan kannustaa ja toivoa että Eurooppa laulaa meidän tahdissa Something Better.
Lauantai-iltana oli EuroClubilla Nordic party missä nähtiin lukuisia artisteja ja tietysti kaikki pohjoismaat. Sanna Nielsen hurmasi fanit ja Softenginekään ei jättänyt ketään kylmäksi.
YLE:n delegaation edustaja oli ehkä unohtanut suomalaiset fanit jakaessaan lippuja tilaisuuteen ja vain muutama fani oli saanut kutsun juhliin. Onneksi muiden maiden delegaatiot auttoivat ja olivat avuliata jakaessaan kutsuja Nordic Partyyn.
Klo 23 jälkeen kaikilla oli mahdollista päästä EuroClubille joko akkreditoituna tai sitten näyttämällä OGAE ID korttia jolla sai sisäänpääsylipun joka oikeutti kahteen juomaan. Pohjoismaiset fanit sulkivat EuroClubin klo 04 ja lähtivät tyytyväisenä hotelleihinsa odottamaan seuraavaa päivää.

Copenhagen Blog: Euroclub on 3 May

The Euroclub opened its Store VEGA hall for the first time last night and several Eurovision contestants took to the stage, many singing a few songs each including their own Eurovision entry for this year.

Sanne Nielsen (Sweden) admitted, ”I have been longing for this moment..7 songs in the Swedish Melodifestivalen..and now I am finally here!”. That was a 7-year wait for the singer who performed several of her previous Swedish national competition entries which many of the fans recognised and obviously enjoyed. Overheard was a fan saying, ”She’s another Valentina Monetta..” (the San Marino contestant who is now participating for the third year in a row).

Tijana Dapcevic (Macedonia) was accompanied on stage by her sister Tamara (now a blonde), who represented Macedonia at Eurovision 2008 in Belgrade. Referring to the audience as ”Dahlings..”, Tijana relayed a greeting from her friend Marija Serifovic (Eurovision Winner 2007) and then went on with her rendition of her popular Eurovision entry ”To the Sky”. Maybe I missed something standing in the back but it looked like the energetic Tijana removed her bra, swung it over her head and then winged it somewhere..Well, it IS Eurovision after all!

The recent and tragic loss of life in Odessa (Ukraine) darkens the atmosphere for some contestants from neighbouring countries, with Cristina Scarlat (Moldova) expressing concern about the ongoing situation and asking the audience to join her in hoping for peace. Moldova’s powerful entry was accompanied by lithe acrobatic dancers which one fan commented on as being ”eye candy”.

The beautiful Kasey Smith and the glamourous Cann-Linn team perfromed the catchy Irish entry ”Heartbeat”, after which Finland’s Softengine took to the stage with their popular rock song ”Something Better” followed by their new single ”Yellow House” to be released after the Eurovision Song Contest is over.

Before their performance the young singers of Softengine (the youngest is 17 years old) were seen at the bar buying drinks and mingling with fans, prompting one Finnish fan to wonder if it was legal to sell alcohol to them and another fan to reply that in Denmark the legal drinking age is 16, and yet another fan adding that hopefully they have a tough manager who will make sure they go to bed on time.

So go get your entry wristbands for the Euroclub if you don’t have one yet and #JoinUs !

From the Euroclub:

https://picasaweb.google.com/RossKamarulBaharin/Euroclub3May2014?authkey=Gv1sRgCP7SnPyry8bmPA#slideshow/6009488000374235058

Copenhagen Blog: Overheard..

When told that some folks call Eurovision a ”Hotbed of Sodomy”, Conchita Wurst (Austria) responded with ”Is it Eurovision or is it just me?”.

When asked whether they were worried if the Ukraine-Russia tension would cost them votes, the Tolmachevy Twins (Russia) said, ”We are here to sing..For us it doesn’t matter, we are just here to represent our country..”.

Asked to comment about a petition in Russia for the broadcaster RTR to censor Conchita Wurst’s (Austria) live performance for immorality, spokesperson for the broadcaster said, ”RTR never said such words..The girls like Conchita Wurst, and Conchita Wurst likes the Tolmachevy Twins..”.

Copenhagen Blog: The Eurovision Stage

A peek at the rehearsals yesterday showed a splendid stage setup which promises a spectacular show for next week’s semifinals.

For some contestants in Semifinal 1, playground acrobatics seem to be the theme – from Russia’s see-saw and Azerbaijan’s circus trapeze to Ukraine’s running mousewheel.

While on-stage costume-changing may no longer be a Eurovision forte, it seems the current in-thing is hair-changing..What is it? – Well, tune in to Semifinal 1 on YLE2 at 22:00 Finnish time on 6 May!

 

Copenhagen Blog: The Euroclub and Euro Fan Cafe

The Euroclub is the official night club arranged by the host national broadcaster during the Eurovision Song Contest, and in Copenhagen the venue is at VEGA, a locale which showcases Scandinavian functionalist architecture and decor. This is where the competing countries promote their entries through parties and performances in addition to other Euroclub events. Fans may buy entry wristbands to the Euroclub, more info from this link: http://euroclub.vega.dk/

Peter Bach, one of the Project Managers at the Euroclub showed the President of the international fan club (OGAE International) and her posse some sections of the Euroclub which fans usually do not see – the Backstage Room where artistes stay in-between performances and the Photoshoot Room which is not yet open for the public.

Many fans start a night out during Eurovision at the Euro Fan Cafe, which is organised by the host country’s national fan club together with OGAE International. This year the Euro Fan Club is at Huset-KBH where there are multiple events daily, for example the karaoke session last night where the President of OGAE International was caught singing!

Fans may buy entry wristbands for the Euro Fan Cafe, more info from here: http://www.huset-kbh.dk/euro-fan-cafe/

Some photo shots from both venues:

https://picasaweb.google.com/RossKamarulBaharin/EuroclubAndEuroFanClub?authkey=Gv1sRgCMzY9p7lv7Hn8AE#slideshow/6009163615512002466

# JoinUs – Euroviisufanin matkassa Kööpenhaminassa.

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Se päivä on vuoden odottamisen jälkeen koittanut, olen saapunut Kööpenhaminaan ja Euroviisuviikko edessä. Faneja ja toimittajia on saapunut jo paljon seuraamaan tämän vuoden Euroviisuja.
Jos saavut lentäen Tanskaan on juna lentokentältä päärautatieasemalle ehdottomasti kätevin vaihtoehto. Lippuja voit ostaa lentoasemalta ja esim saapuvien matkatavaroiden luona on automaatteja ja vähemmän jonoja kuin junalaiturin lähellä. Juna on kohtuuhintainen ja kätevä.
Päärautatieaseman vieressä on Tivoli ja sen takaa alkaa myös Eurovision Fan Mile. jonka varrella löytyy Eurovision Village, EuroFan Cafeja paljon Euroviisutunnelmaa. Hotellistasi tai Euroviisuoppailta voit kysyä myös #Join Us in Copenhagen lehteä missä kerrotaan kattavasti mitä kaupungissa tapahtuu.
Ensimmäisenä päivänä kävimme myös ostamassa lipun EuroClubille ja EuroFan Cafeeseen. Molempiinhan on mahdollista ostaa lippu OGAE ID korttia näyttämällä. Clubille varmistuu sisäänpääsy ja Cafeeseen saat alennusta. EuroClubi kokosi tuttuun tapaan paljon faneja ympäri Eurooppaa ja myös Euroviisuklubilaisia oli paljon paikalla.
Kööpenhaminan liikenne on haasteellinen ja paras tapa liikkua paikasta toiseen on polkupyörä. Areenalle pääsee joko vesibussilla tai normaalilla bussilla.. Areena sijaitsee vähän keskustan ulkopuolella ja aikaa liikkumiseen kannatta varata paljon. Taksi keskustasta areenalle maksaa 200 – 250 DKK. Ensimmäinen päivä Köpiksessä on takana ja kaupunki on valmis vastaanottamaan kaikki fanit. Tervetuloa #JoinUs

Copenhagen Blog: A Fan’s Journey through Eurovision 2014 Songs

A Fan’s Journey in photos:

https://picasaweb.google.com/RossKamarulBaharin/AFanSJourney?authkey=Gv1sRgCNPmj__Q3KCYHw#slideshow/6009147917836251970

She hardly slept the night before her trip to Copenhagen, counting every Tick-Tock on her clock. The moment she saw the sun Shine through her window it was time to Rise Up and go. Her Mother dropped her off at the airport and soon it was time to take To The Sky. She was Not Alone – her friends were making the same journey from around the world, all with the Same Heart.

Three Minutes to Earth she saw Copenhagen through the aircraft window. With every Heartbeat she said to herself – Attention! Eurovision is here!

Entering her 17th. floor luxury apartment in the heart of Copenhagen she whispered, “Sweet as Cheesecake..”. But first things first – a glass of white wine, then bicycle for transport and off to see the Amazing concert halls on Eurovision Island. The structures are a Miracle of reconstruction which converted a disused shipyard into the spectacular venue for Eurovision 2014.

From Eurovision Island and with a Whistle she cycled along the narrow streets and by the pretty canals of Copenhagen, perhaps going a little Round and Round since it was her first day after all and getting lost is not unusual – she even managed to go local by bouncing on park trampolines with other Danish kids.

And then she was at the Euro Fan Café, party central for the fans who were beginning to arrive day by day.

With her Euro Fan Café entry wristband securely on her wrist off she went to help with one of the most important aspects of the Eurovision Song Contest – the fan concert tickets, all 11,778 of them! Together with the President of the international fan club (OGAE International) and another willing fan volunteer they sat up for 4 hours until after 3am sorting through fan lists country by country, making sure that everyone would have the tickets which will take them to all the Eurovision shows.

Feeling shattered yet pleased with the day’s journey she settled down for a good night’s sleep, to Rise Like a Phoenix tomorrow for the next round of excitement – Maybe.