After yesterday’s qualification we were all a little bit exhausted so the decision to cancel our production meeting this morning was probably welcomed by all. Our artist was called to the arena just before noon together with all other finalists to rehearse the opening act of the Grand Final. Shortly after this I met up with the backstage team to do some final additional backstage interviews for tomorrow’s broadcast. It was great fun, as always, especially since our commentator Julia joined us this time to do some of the interviews.
Today’s first dress rehearsal went by in a blur while we were shooting the interviews and I didn’t even catch Dami’s act this time. Halfway into the show however, the crew was all done and when they went back to the hotel for a couple of hours I stayed in the delegations’ lounge to watch the rest of the show and have some rest.
Having now seen all the opening and interval acts of this year’s production I must say SVT has done it again! When watching the 1st Semifinal the other night I couldn’t imagine they would ever be able to top that, but apparently I was mistaken. Last night’s opener, the That’s Eurovision Broadway style musical extravaganza was amazing, and if you watch the Grand Final tomorrow you’re in for a real treat, I assure you – especially if you’re a Eurovision lover and can recognize all the (not always so subtle) references made in the interval act! And then there’s of course Justin Timberlake as well, singing his new single Can’t Stop The Feeling, co-written and co-produced by the legendary Swedish songwriters Max Martin and Shellback
In the absence of interesting and funny things to share with you from today’s rehearsal day I thought I’d might share some of my reflections regarding this year’s Grand Final participants instead. First of all I’m amazed (and a little scared) about the fact that the bookmakers were able to predict nine out of ten finalists out of both semifinals. The only one’s missing in their lists were Austria from the 1st semifinal and Georgia from the 2nd. Also worth mentioning is the fact that nine out of the eleven songs written or co-written by Swedes has made it through to the final this year, only leaving Moldova and Norway behind.
And, speaking of Norway, for the first time in a really long time (if ever, I haven’t had time to check) there’s only one Scandinavian country left in the final – pre-qualified Sweden – after leaving Finland and Iceland stuck in the 1st semi and Norway and Denmark left in the 2nd. I’m not sure what that’s gonna mean to the result but I’m guessing since we Scandinavians have a habit of voting for each other it’ll probably give Swedish Frans some easy points – and probably Australia as well since we tend to have the same taste in music and Dami has a lot of support here in Northern Europe. At least that’s what I hope…
Tomorrow’s the big night we’ve all been waiting and working for for so long… I don’t want this to end – ever – but I also want to find out who will go home with the big crystal microphone (designed by a Swede, did you know?) this year. By this time tomorrow we’ll have the answer.
The finalists who will place Top 5 according to the bookies are: