Another amazing day – busier than ever, but wonderfully fun. Starting the day off with a production meeting at the delegation’s hotel, I had a couple of hours free until I was supposed to meet with the backstage crew at the venue. These hours, which I had planned to use for resting and/or snoozing, ended up well spent with some of my host colleagues at Eurovision Village in Kungsträdgården instead, standing out in the sun (Go Ireland!) and enjoying some rapidly melting ice cream.
Back at the venue I met up with the crew and got into the innermost heart of Eurovision– the Delegations’ Lounge, aka the Delegations’ Bubble, where all the dressing rooms are located and where everyone’s preparing for their performances in various states of nervousness and general cheerfulness. It was of course a lot more busy today with eighteen countries competing (to compare with yesterday’s bubble which only contained six rehearsing countries). The atmosphere was intense as we cruised around trying to get time for Toby to talk to all the artists and get them to say hi to the Australian viewers.
When the 1st dress rehearsal was almost over we met up with our national hosts, Julia and Sam, and went over to the commentators’ booths to do some pre-shots for the live broadcasts, some promos etc. It was really fun being able to be a part of this kind of work since I haven’t worked too much with TV productions before and it’s cool to experience how it’s actually done. Toby, Julia and Sam are so talented and funny, and I really hope I’ll be able to watch their broadcasts somehow afterwards because I really want to hear what they’re going to say during the live commentaries. Toby won’t be there for the commentaries though, but he has done all that brilliant backstage material that I really, really want to be able to save and enjoy for later.
About half an hour before the Jury Show started, Mia came and took my place so I could go down to the stalls and watch the show from the audience. There are still things for them to work on of course – this was only the 2nd rehearsal, there’s one more tomorrow afternoon before the live broadcast – but I think you’ll gonna enjoy the show. It has some really great numbers, some divine comedy and some surprises for y’all. Don’t miss it; 9pm on SVT1.
After the show I had plans to meet up with some of the other hosts at EuroClub but I felt really tired, and when a lot of the others decided not to go I almost canceled myself. But then I changed my mind again and went anyway, I don’t know why. The place was full of people, with it being the night of one of the most popular ESC parties of the year, thrown by the Israeli delegation. Seeing the queue by the entrance I almost changed my mind again but then I thought I should go in anyway, to meet up with the others and at least say a quick hi before I went home. I ended up staying for about one hour and right when I was supposed to leave for real I finally figured out the reason I came, and stayed, when France’s Amir was suddenly welcomed up on stage. After watching him perform his Eurovision song J’ai cherché and last year’s Israeli entry Golden Boy I was totally content with the evening and walked my way back home on some sequined, rainbow-colored clouds.
But today’s big buzz in the Eurovision bubble was neither the Israeli party nor the content of the Jury Show – it was the news SVT released today outing Justin Timberlake as one of the interval acts in Saturday’s Grand Final, giving us the world premiere of his new single, written and co-produced by the Swedish music geniuses Max Martin and Shellback. I figure this could be a cool thing for the show since it’s also aired in the US for the first time this year and he can probably attract a lot of extra viewers.
But first we need to focus on the semifinals to find out who will be getting on that stage with Justin, Frans and “the Big Five” on Saturday. Tomorrow evening we’ll be halfway there. Please enjoy the show and share your thoughts with me.