So the day of the live broadcast of Semifinal 1 came at last, even though I didn’t really want it to. ‘Cos this means it’ll all be finished much too soon and by now eight of the competing countries are already out of the game… But let’s start from the beginning…
After today’s production meeting I ran a quick errand for the delegation and then I had a couple of hours off (which I actually spent resting this time – good on me!) before heading over to Södra Teatern to prepare for the Aussie Fan Party. We hanged some flags and organized the merchandise that was handed out to the invited guests and now I even got my very own #damiarmy t-shirt (Yay!)
When all guests had arrived Toby Truslove, who was appointed MC for the occasion, did a little Q&A with our well-known host and commentator Julia Zamiro before inviting Dami up on stage to perform two songs for the gathered fans. She did Superlove and Sound of Silence, which were both highly appreciated by the crowd of course, and then sat down for her own Q&A with Toby. After this appearance we headed over to the main stage of Eurovision Village where Dami had another performance booked for an even bigger crowd.
And even though you’d think all her fans were still back at the party (which was still ongoing by the way) there were many Aussie flags in the audience here as well. She actually performed the same two songs here, but this time acoustic by the piano which put a little extra flavor to the performance I think. Since she’s a trained and prized concert pianist, before she even started singing, the performance was really good and her parents, who were standing right next to me beamed with pride for their talented daughter.
With this over with Dami and her team was done for the day while the rest of us headed over to the arena for the first live broadcast, that of Semifinal 1. Even though Dami isn’t competing in this semifinal we still had a live broadcast to do for the commentators and the tech crew. Some of us went outside with a camera to talk to some fans whilst the rest of us set up and prepared by the commentary booth. During the show Julia, Sam and the director Bryan sit crammed together in this little booth with their door closed and only our sound guy Henrik and the editor Jamie can hear what they’re saying, so unfortunately I missed their commentaries this time. I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy of their broadcasts later though. I left Bryan my number to be able to text me if there was anything I could help them with and then went to find a good spot to watch the show.
I found this brilliant place not far from the team and even though it wasn’t too comfortable sitting on a tech case I had an amazing view over the arena and could really appreciate the show. (See pictures below.) The result of tonight’s voting didn’t surprise me much, it was almost the same as the collected betting firms predicted, but I am gonna miss Iceland in the Grand Final on Saturday. Since this was the Semifinal we Swedes were able to vote in, I took my chance and sent my votes on The Netherlands, Armenia, Cyprus, Iceland and Hungary.
After the result was announced and I was relieved of my duties for the day I went over to the Press Center to watch the Press Conference for all the finalists that made it through from today’s show.
Both the opening act and the interval act of this Semifinal are so great, really touching and nicely performed by all involved. I saw them from the audience yesterday of course, but those acts are worth watching over and over for a long time. Right now I honestly don’t know how they’re gonna top that on Thursday, but we’ll see what they’ve come up with tomorrow when the Dress Rehearsals for Semifinal 2 begins. So, looking forward to a full day in the arena tomorrow with both Dress Rehearsal 1 in the afternoon and the Jury Show later in the evening.
The finalists who qualified from Semifinal 1 are:
Douwe Bob (The Netherlands) Slow Down | Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm