Dusseldorf Blog: The Russian Party!

”The Russians are coming waiting!” – that’s how the invitation was set out on the invitation cards to the Russian party.

 

As host Alexey Vorobyov said, ”The party continues..It’s a Russian party!”. And so it did, between 22:00 until early morning. When I left at 04:00 the crowd was still jumping, and apparently so was Alexey Vorobyov.

 

Arriving to the party was interesting. Those who arrived at 22:00 had to queue, show their press accreditation or invitation cards and get a white wristband before being allowed in. Then, only press accreditation was required. Soon after that, both press and fan accreditation was allowed. Later, I heard that OGAE ID cardholders could also come in. It was a nice feeling to know that we were welcomed at this party, after a few other parties where the guest list was more restricted.

 

I guess it was worthwhile waiting a bit before coming to the party, because early arrivals were strictly controlled at the entrance. I saw Paradise Oskar (Finland) queueing and having his accreditation checked before being allowed in- ouch! And he was a guest performer!

 

Also seen arriving were Daria Kinzer (Croatia), Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan) and Eldrine (Georgia).

 

There was a buffet table which was typical of Russian ESC parties, and of course a great evening programme. Alexey Vorobyov was both main entertainer as well as back-up dancer to the guest performers, and he even mimed Serbia’s Nina’s stage performance together with her backup dancers. At one point there was a topless dance routine featuring Alexey Vorobyov.

 

Alexander Rybak, Norway’s winner took to the stage first, followed by Paradise Oskar (Finland), Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan), Mika Newton (Ukraine), Emmi (Armenia) and Glen Vella (Malta). When the dj later opened the dance floor Alexander Rybak and Alexey Vorobyov were among the most active partiers.

 

Ell & Nikki presented Alexey Vorobyov with a necklace for good luck. Mika Newton presented a blond Ukrainian doll in traditional dress, prompting Alexey to declare that he now has a puppet girlfriend to go with his puppet dog (which he actually brought along to the Qualifiers Press Conference on Tuesday). Emmi presented a boxing glove which she suggested could be used to control the dog and the girlfriend, or not..

 

A great night out, and all we can say is, ”Spasiba Rossiya!”.

Dusseldorf Blog: Overheard..

..at the Semifinal 1 Qualifiers Press Conference.

 

Nina (Serbia), when asked how she felt while waiting for the qualifier announcements, ”We were excited, and scared a little bit..”.

 

Ell (Azerbaijan), when asked for a comment on the non-qualifying countries, ”Good luck, we will really, really miss them..”.

 

– Master of Ceremonies to Eldrine (Georgia), ”You’re in the Final now!”.

– Eldrine: ”Yes..”.

 

Anna Rossinelli (Switzerland): ”It’s so cool to be in the Final..”.

 

Paradise Oskar (Finland), responding to a question about how he feels at being the youngest qualifier who is also a poor student from Helsinki, ”That’s a complicated question..”.

 

– Alexey Vorobyov (Russia), when asked what he will do next, ”Sleep..”.

– Alexey Vorobyov (Russia), when asked about the Russian delegation party on Wednesday, ”This guy with the guitar will be there, and we will sing!” (the guitar guy is of course Paradise Oskar).

 

Sjonni’s Friends, when asked how they felt when Iceland’s name was called, ”Sorry about spilling the red wine on the white carpet..”.

Dusseldorf Blog: Semifinal 1

Semifinal 1 will start in two hours, and excitement is growing in Dusseldorf among the ESC fans.

Who will qualify? Preliminary votes organised by OGAE International shows that Finland will be one of the qualifiers. For my bit I have persuaded a few friends from different voting countries to vote for Finland tonight 🙂

The Finnish fans in Dusseldorf received their concert tickets today, and on TV tonight look out for the Finland team: we are sitting near the stage waving blue & white glow sticks during the Finnish song.

We will find out about the outcome soon, and let’s see what can be overheard at the Qualifiers Press Conference later.

So whether you will be in the Esprit Arena or in a bar or at home, Let the Show Begin!

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That familiar Eurovision feeling came back when I joined the crowds of fans walking from the U-bahn station towards the Esprit Arena.

The Esprit Arena, despite its size, had one security entrance for all arriving attendees. The security check, similar to Oslo, was a simple body frisk by security guards without metal detectors and bags were hadly checked. At least inside the Arena the security guards were big men, which is an improvement on the Oslo security which used little girls to keep order.

The show, performed on a high-tech stage, was fabulous, and the atmosphere was great because unlike the last two years the Arena was mostly full.

There was surprise, both good and bad, among the fans when the ten qualifiers were announced. Overheard was a comment that the televotes were probably scattered among many of the songs which means that few songs commanded a solid televote backing, and as a result the jury votes became the deciding factor on who would qualify for the Final on Saturday. And as we know on many occasions the jury favourites can be quite different from the general public’s.

How many of your favourites qualified? I could only manage six correct guesses..and one of them was Finland!

Düsseldorf Blog: The Lord Mayor’s Reception

The Opening Ceremony of ESC 2011 was hosted by Düsseldorf Lord Mayor yesterday evening. Attendance was by Invitation Only. A limited number of invitations were issued to each participating country’s Head of Delegation who then decides how these are distributed.

There were disappointments among those not receiving invitations. Overheard was a comment that NDR (the host German broadcaster) has claimed that it costs around 600 euros per accredited person (both Press and Fan) due to the services (including refreshments) provided for them. That IS expensive, although I have not seen any caviar & champagne served yet..

It seems that in the last 3 years the hospitality level is decreasing. In Moscow all accredited press and fans were welcomed to the Opening Ceremony. In Oslo attendance was Invitation Only. In  Düsseldorf the accreditation process was first restricted and then attendance to the Opening Ceremony was Invitation Only. Unlike Moscow and Oslo, Düsseldorf also denies OGAE ID card holders access to the Euroclub.

 

Contrary to popular belief, it seems from history that the host country which is less wealthy is more generous than those who are considered more developed..

Anyway, for those interested in views of the Opening Ceremony there is a video on the official ESC 2011 website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifxjdnyzVcQ&feature=player_embedded

Düsseldorf Blog: Dusseldorf is HOT!

And it’s not just the weather, which in the day is around 26 degrees. It’s the Eurovision atmosphere in the Euroclub, which is physically (where’s the air-conditioning?) and musically hot.

One problem though..unlike Belgrade, Moscow or even Oslo where fans can enter with the OGAE ID card, here you would need an accreditation pass. The accreditation process was also quite restricted compared to previous host cities, and few were able to get them. So those without accreditation will have to go to the Euroclub in the morning and get a pass valid for the evening (and the number of passes are also limited). Well..

Still, I managed to get into the Euroclub last night with the OGAE ID card since it was the OGAE Party. Arriving around 00:45 (got lost again..) I managed to catch Slovenia and Croatia performing on stage, and in beween performances Eurovision hits past & present saw the fans jumping and simply having fun.

Unlike Moscow the beer was not free but at around 3,50 euros per bottle nobody’s complaining. It seems that Germany has not heard of the no-smoking rule, so puff away in the Euroclub if you please.

So welcome to ESC 2011, and as Daria Kinzer of Croatia tells us, ”Celebrate, with every single step you take”!

Düsseldorf Blog: Hallo Düsseldorf!

Terve Helsinki!

So another ESC year, and this time we are in Düsseldorf. I arrived with a group of people from our Euroviisuklubi (Jouni and Gang, actually..) and after finding my accommodation it was time to check-out the city.

Getting lost and walking a couple of kilometers with luggage showed me some parts of the city near the Hauptbahnhof (päärautatieasema). Quite a multicultural area, and if you like fusion food then the range of of ethnic restaurants available means you’ll never go hungry. Prices are great compared to Helsinki, and talking to some Finnish fans it seems that you will never be thirsty here either, so booze up and be merry!

Public transport is good, and for those who will arrive soon simply take the S-bahn (that means ”lähijuna) S11 to the Hauptbahnhof. If you want to go to the Euroclub from the Hauptbahnhof which is in the Altstadt (”vanha kaupunki”) take the U-bahn U70, U74, U75, U76, U77, U78 & U79 to the stop ”Henrich-Heine-Allee”. To get to the Esprit Arena for the show from the Hauptbahnhof just take U78 to the stop ”Esprit Arena”.

Single tickets are 2,30 euros for Zone A (which includes the airport), but if you are staying a few days better to buy a day ticket. Use the ticket machines at S-bahn or U-bahn stations.

That’s it for now, will tell more later!

Amsterdamin konsertti kerää viisutähdet yhteen

Toukokuun ja Düsseldorfin euroviisujen lähestyessä euroviisufanit ympäri Eurooppaa opettelevat viisukappaleiden sanoja ja tanssiliikkeitä. Paras paikka laulujen opettelemiseen on kuitenkin henkilökohtaisesti euroviisuartistien kanssa, esimerkiksi Amsterdamissa 9. huhtikuuta, club Air’issa järjestettävässä Eurovision in Concert 2001 -tapahtumassa.

Kolmatta kertaa järjestettävä Eurovision in Concert -tapahtuma on ollut viime vuosina suuri menestys. Osallistujia on ollu tjoka kerta runsaasti eikä tämä vuosi ole poikkeuks. Tällä hetkellä vahvistettuja osallistujia on jo huimat 21, ja lisää on luvassa.  Myös Suomen edustaja Paradise Oskar on mukana tapahtumassa.

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Seuraavat maat ja artistit ovat vahvistaneet osallistumisensa tapahtumaan:
– Albania: Aurela Gace – Feel the passion
– Armenia: Emmy – Boom boom
– Bulgaria: Poli Genova – Na Inat
– Iso-Britannia: Blue – I can
– Itävalta: Nadine Beiler – The secret is love
– Kreikka: Loucas Yiorkos feat. Stereo Mike – Watch my dance
– Kroatia: Daria Kinzer – Celebrate
– Kypros: Christos Mylordos – San aggelos s’agapisas
– Latvia: Musiqq – Angel In Disguise
– Makedonia: Vlatko Ilievski – Rusinka
– Malta: Glen Vella – One life
– Puola: Magdalena Tul – Jestem
– San Marino: Senit – Stand by
– Serbia: Nina – Caroban
– Slovenia: Maja Keuc – No one
– Suomi: Paradise Oskar – Da da dam
– Sveitsi: Anna Rossinelli – In love for a while
– Turkki: Yüksek Sadakat – Live It Up
– Ukraina: Mika Newton – Angel
– Valko-Venäjä: Anastasia Vinnikova – I am Belarusian
– Venjä: Alexey Vorobyov – Get you

Konsertin juontajina toimivat Alankomaiden vuoden 2003 viisuedustaja Esther Hart, hollantilainen tv-juontaja Cornald Maassekä saksalainen koomikko Sascha Korf. Lippuja voi ostaa osoitteesta http://www.paylogictickets.nl/event/47586/ ja niiden hinta on 25€.

Konsertin järjestävät yhteistyössä OGAE Netherlands, ESCToday, Songfestival Web-log ja Bea Records. Sponsoreina toimivat EBU-UER, Mercure Hotels, Club Air sekä CafÈ Rouge.

Viisukuppila ja Euroviisuklubi seuraa tapahtumaa paikan päällä. Välitämme paikalta tuoreeltaan kuvia, tunnelmia ja artistien fiiliksiä Viisukuppilan kautta. Omia kysymyksiänne esimerkiksi artisteille voitte lähettää osoitteeseen jasentiedote@euroviisuklubi.fi, vastaukset saatte konsertin jälkeen.

Vuosikokous 2011

Euroviisuklubi OGAE Finland ry:n

SÄÄNTÖMÄÄRÄINEN VUOSIKOKOUS 12.2.2011 KLO 12:30

Paikka: Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, kokoustilat. Linnankatu 32, 20100 Turku

1. Kokouksen avaus

2. Kokouksen puheenjohtajan, sihteerin, pöytäkirjantarkastajien ( 2 henkilöä ) ja ääntenlaskijoiden ( 2 henkilöä ) valinta

3. Kokouksen laillisuuden ja päätösvaltaisuuden toteaminen.
Yhdistyksen sääntöjen 11 §:n mukaan: ” Hallituksen on kutsuttava yhdistyksen kokoukset koolle vähintään seitsemän vuorokautta ennen kokousta. Kutsut lähetetään jäsenistölle sähköpostitse tai kirjeitse. Kokouskutsu esityslistoineen julkaistaan myös yhdistyksen kotisivuilla.”

4. Esityslistan hyväksyminen

5. Suomen Euroviisuklubi OGAE Finland ry:n
– Tilinpäätös ajalta 1.1 – 31.12.2010
– Toimintakertomus vuodelta 2010
– Tilintarkastajan lausunto vuodelle 2010

6. Tilinpäätöksen hyväksyminen ja vastuuvapauden myöntäminen hallitukselle ja muille vastuuvelvollisille

7. Vuoden 2011 Toimintasuunnitelman ja Tulo- ja Menoarvion hyväksyminen. Liittymis- ja jäsenmaksujen suuruuden vahvistaminen sekä luottamushenkilöiden mahdolliset palkkiot.

8. Vaalit:
– Hallituksen jäsenten valinta.  Valitaan 6 varsinaista jäsentä ja 1-4 varajäsentä

9. Tilintarkastajan ja varatilintarkastajan valinta

10. Kokouksen päättäminen
Yhdistyksen kokouksissa on jokaisella varsinaisella jäsenellä, kunniapuheenjohtajalla ja kunniajäsenellä yksi ääni. Kukin varsinainen jäsen voi edustaa yhtä toista jäsentä valtakirjalla. Kannattavalla jäsenellä on kokouksessa läsnäolo- ja puheoikeus.
Voit tutustua tilinpäätökseen, vuosikertomukseen, sekä toimintasuunnitelmaan ja tulo- ja menoarvioon vuodelle 2011 etukäteen osoitteessa http://www.euroviisuklubi.fi

Helsinki 10.1.2011

Euroviisuklubi OGAE Finland Ry Hallitus

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