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Sunday, May 12, 2013

ESC 2013: in a week it will all be over

Sunday night in Malmö: all participating countries have rehearsed at least once on stage and tonight is the big, official welcoming party. Now the games will officially begin.

Speculations are in full swing, given new force today as the pre-qualified songs sang up for the first time. I'm not in Malmö, I have not heard or seen anything, but I hear talk about solid performances from France as well as Germany, that Bonnie Tyler managed to impress the press crowd and that Swedish hope Robin Stjernberg had problems nailing his notes in their right places.

One week of rehearsals is a long and intense time and some of the news sites on location are possibly beginning to radiate a certain air of tiredness already.

I suppose what everyone needs as this point is a phenomenal welcome party and a deep breath before it is time to plunge into the real, serious eurovision week.

In two days from now, we will know the ten qualifiers of the first semi, then soon enough the other ten as well as the final running order.

In a week from now it will all be over. We will have a winner and start speculations on how that country will stage the 2014 edition of the contest. And where.

Ready? Deep breath and let the real madness begin. Blink and you'll miss it.

1 comment:

  1. You described it beautifully. I remember year 2007 when there was a Eurovision fever in Finland as the contest was to be held for the first time here. A contest that usually was ridiculed and laughed at was suddenly the hottest topic in the culture news, even those who were not Eurovision fans talked about it and the Helsinki arena were filled with people from different ages and social groups. Now that we finally had the contest, everybody wanted their piece and be a part of it.

    After the Eurovision weekend it was over. On monday there still were an article or two in the newspapers, but after that nothing. Eurovision vanished in two days from the streets, from the media and from the peoples minds. After one years of euphoria, Eurovision was back as a niche for certain small group of people, who still were enthousiastics about this ridicule and overblown contest.

    This happens every year. Next monday we have again returned to the normal life here. Unless of course Finland wins, when the contest will continue for another year.