Semifinal 2 – The Venue
To be fair to all national fan club members, seats for each show (Semifinal 1 & 2 and the Final) are in different places so that everyone will have a chance at least once to be in the section close to the stage.
For Semifinal 2 my seat was behind the cameras, which means I could only see parts of what was happening on stage. So during the time when I was missing half of the show anyway I focused on what was going on in the Telenor Arena which is the venue of ESC 2010.
To start from the beginning, at the entrance to the inner yard of the Arena the security control was a simple physical body check of every ticketholder and a quick look inside any handbag. In the inner yard were some kiosks selling the official merchandise, drinks and some other items but while waiting to enter the Arena building it was strange that there was no Eurovision music played on loudspeakers to keep up the mood.
Yesterday I was seated in Section 9 Row 14 Seat 37. People holding signboards would indicate your section number, after which you find your row and seat number by bending over to check the tiny stickers on the floor next to each row.
Even though the audience was required to stay by their seats and not run about during the show (so as not to block the view of others as well as for safety reasons), excited fans would try to rush closer to the stage especially during their country’s performance. The security personnel that I saw were mostly petite young girls who were helpless to enforce the ”stay by your seat” rule, especially when facing a loud somewhat drunk crowd. Yes, alcohol could be bought and brought to the seats which can be a problem when some people would spill them (on other people..). I also smelled cigarette smoke at one time.
These are the things that television viewers do not see on the screen, and maybe it is better this way..