I’m warning you, from now on these blog posts are gonna get shorter since I won’t have as much time left to actually do them as I have had earlier this week. The schedule is starting to fill up and every night from now on will be late. I’ll try to keep updating you of the essentials though since I understand you are curious and want to know what’s going on.
We started the day at ABBA The Museum for the grand opening of their new exhibition Good Evening Europe dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest, a partnership between ABBA The Museum and EBU, the European Broadcasting Union. The exhibition will be open at the museum until September 1st and the intention is that it will then travel with the ESC from hosting city to hosting city and be updated continuously. This is what the press release promises:
The visitor will be able, for the first time, to delve into hundreds of hours of Eurovision Song Contest Shows. Every existing Contest has been digitalized and displayed in a fun, TV-like setting for visitors to access. From the first winner, Switzerland’s Lys Assia in 1956 to Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015, visitors can immerse themselves in 60 years of great performances, nail-biting moments and classic television moments.
Sounds like a place you want to visit, right? I definitely will, maybe later this summer with my newly found Eurovision friends. However, with just one exception, all six Swedish Eurovision winners to date were represented at the opening, together with Jan Ola Sand, EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, and Christer Björkman, Contest Producer of Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and Executive Producer of the Swedish national selection format Melodifestivalen.
From there we took the ferry to Slussen, showing off our beautiful capital to my Aussie friends from its best side; from the water blessed with lovely sunshine, blue skies and a temperature worthy of any real Swedish summer day. (Still can’t believe it was snowing here just a week ago!) The way back to the hotel had to be quite quick since a bus was supposed to pick us up at the hotel to go to the arena for Dami’s 2nd rehearsal – which went really great! There’s still some bits and pieces to work with, but today’s act was a huge improvement from the 1st rehearsal on Wednesday – and mind you, the 1st rehearsal was still pretty great. And I’m sure it’ll keep getting better and better ‘til it’s time for the shows that really count – the Jury Show on Wednesday, when all jury members around Eurovision Land are supposed to make up their minds, and the Live Broadcast on Thursday, when all you viewers out there are calling in your votes.
A session in the viewing room and a successful press conference later we headed back to the hotel and Mia and I had a quick briefing with the Assistant Head of Delegation to go over the schedule for the next couple of days. Tomorrow’s a pretty big day with the Flag Ceremony in the morning and both the Red Carpet Ceremony and the official Welcome Reception with the Opening Ceremony in City Hall in the evening. And after that Dami will also do a performance at the Welcome Party in EuroClub together with some of the other artists – i.e. much to look forward to tomorrow so going to bed now…