”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!”.