Copenhagen Blog: Semifinal 1 Qualifiers
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
07.05.2014 14:03

It was first-time qualifier for Montenegro and San Marino, and for two contestants it was a "Here at Last!" moment - San Marino's Valentina Monetta (after 3 times trying) and Sweden's Sanne Nielsen (after 7 times trying).


Before the start of the qualifiers press conference last night the organisers had placed Armenia and Azerbaijan side-by-side on dais, but a last-minute change about put Russia next to Armenia, so the creeping presence of politics is obviously unescapable at Eurovision (Armenia and Azerbaijan had fought a war in the early 1990s).


But the mood on the dais among the qualifiers were more positive - Andras Kallay-Saunders (Hungary) said, "The world can take an example from us - the contestants - because if we can get along then anybody can get along..".


And they certainly did. Only two representatives per country were allowed, so the inseparable Tolmachevy Twins attended for Russia, and although their English language skills were clearly limited they were helped along by the Armenian team who translated for them.


Valentina Monetta's (San Marino) ecstatic mood was so obvious that when Mariya Yaremchuk (Ukraine) was asked how she felt about qualifying, she replied that she wasn't sure whether her happiness was for herself or for San Marino.


A good example from the contestants for the fans of Eurovision - let's hope that nasty behaviour (such as the booing heard when Russia was announced as a qualifier last night) would stop and for such silly people to realise that Eurovision is after all a celebration of music and joy.


Read more about the Semifinal 1 qualifiers press conference here:



Copenhagen Blog: Slovenia Party
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
07.05.2014 13:35

Slovenia hosted a party yesterday at 17:30 in the Euroclub to which the press and fans with entry wristbands were invited.


The Slovenian team travelled in camper vans for 2 days to reach Copenhagen. Why? Me not know..but for sure there was space on board for the wonderful items which were offered on the buffet yable yesterday, and most importantly it brought the Slovenian contestant, Tinkara Kovac, to the Copenhagen Eurovision.


Tinkara Kovac & Team performed the Slovenian entry "Round and Round" on stage which television viewers will see during the live broadcast of Semifinal 2 tomorrow evening on YLE2 at 22:00 Finnish time.


Slovenia Party:



Copenhagen Blog: Zumba!
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
06.05.2014 15:01

The best way to keep warm at the Copenhagen Eurovision is by doing the zumba.


That's right - braving a cold wind today Eurovision fans gathered at 12:00 in the Eurovision Village to zumba their chills away, led by Flosi from the Icelandic fan club (OGAE Iceland).


Ready, get set, and ZUMBA..




Copenhagen Blog: Happy Birthday Israel!
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
06.05.2014 14:53

In honour of Israel's 66 years of independence, the Israeli delegation to Eurovision 2014 threw an Independence Day party at the Euroclub last night. Typical of Israeli generosity a buffet spread was set out which was replenished for most of the night.


Seen performing on stage (other than host artist Mei Feingold and a few other contestants) were Twin Twin (France), the ever ab-fab Conchita Wurst (Austria), Cleo & her Slavic Girls ("shaking what their mama gave them", as their song lyrics go..) and Mariko & The Shin (Georgia).


More events are coming up at the Euroclub so get your entry wristband and #JoinUs





Copenhagen Blog: Jury Semifinal 1
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
06.05.2014 14:40

If yesterday evening's Jury Semifinal 1 is any indication, then the live broadcast tonight promises to be an exciting show.


The abandoned post-industrial B&W Hallerne (see photo) is transformed on the inside into a high-tech arena, making each song performance simply spectacular.


Each competing country has been asked to create the intro postcard for their song and indeed they have complied - look out for these imaginative presentations when you tune in for the show tonight.


Also seen arriving at the Eurovision 2014 venue was Verka Serduchka (Ukrainian contestant at the Helsinki Eurovision 2007) - with his beloved mama as is usual. He is also part of tonight's show.


Tonight television viewers from Semifinal 1 participating countries will cast their votes to add to the jury votes from yesterday evening, which will decide who will be the 10 qualifiers to the Grand Final on Saturday. The media at the press centre here has made their prediction (see photo) - what are yours?


Tune in to Semifinal 1 on YLE2 tonight at 22:00 Finnish time.






Copenhagen Blog: Transport Rumba
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
06.05.2014 14:17

That the Danes are big on health & fitness is truly admirable..That the Danes want YOU to also be big on health and fitness? - meh..maybe not so much.


But that's how it is at the Copenhagen Eurovision - many will leave here being fitter than when they arrived. Why? Because there is no escaping the transport rumba..


Since arriving last week the official #JoinUs map recommends the Eurovision harbour bus from Nyhavn to Eurovision Island..this is quite good, except when there is no harbour bus running at all..


So then you rush to catch the metro from Kongens Nytorv sttaion to Christianshavn station and change to bus 9A, which then drops you off at one end of Eurovision Island and you must afterwards walk more than 1km in the cold winds (and sometimes rain) to B&W Hallerne (the Eurovision Venue).


Or if you have fan accreditation you can try to catch the official shuttle buses from designated hotels in Copenhagen centre, but with the narrow roads to Eurovision Island the journey can take around 1 hour during peak periods.


So then there is the rental bicycle..except that during the dress rehearsals and actual live shows the security and police make you leave your bike at the same place where bus 9A stops..and you must afterwards walk more than 1km in the cold winds (and sometimes rain) to B&W Hallerne (the Eurovision Venue).


But let's look on the bright side of things:


- the Danish local volunteers, security and police may not always know the answers (such as "why is the harbour bus not running"..) but they do so smilingly and helpfully..


- it's not always cold, windy or rainy - there are sunny days too..


- and..let's not complain because after all it's EUROVISION 2014: #JoinUs



Copenhagen Blog: Happenings
Kirjoittanut Ross Kamarul-Baharin   
05.05.2014 12:43

Yesterday's Red Carpet Opening Ceremony took place in bright, warm spring sunshine balanced by a cold wind from somewhere (some locals blame Sweden..). Hair-dos however remained unruffled by the wind and many contestants had beautifully done hairstyles. Conchita Wurst (Austria), being Conchita Wurst, responded to a comment about doing her beautiful hair with "I don't know because I'm not there when they're doing my hair".


If you missed the live coverage of the ceremony you can watch it here: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/webtv?program=105153


Tomorrow the the Icelandic fan club OGAE Iceland will be leading a zumba session at the Eurovision Village - #JoinUs and more info from here: http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/zumba-gdk888977


Tonight the 10 qualifiers from Semifinal 1 will be partly decided - at 21:00 Copenhagen time the jury of each participating country will vote at the second dress rehearsal, giving 50% of the total votes for Semifinal 1. We will see the show live tomorrow at 22:00 Finnish time on YLE2, when televoters will cast the remaining 50% of the total votes, and the 10 qualifiers to the Grand Final will be confirmed by midnight tomorrow.


Excitement is rising..


# JoinUs - Euroviisufanin matkassa Kööpenhaminassa.
Kirjoittanut Jouni Pihkakorpi   
04.05.2014 16:54
Toisena päivänä kaupunki on tullut jo tutuksi ja faneja on saapunut enemmän ja enemmän Köpikseen. Suomalaisia fanejakin on paikalla jo paljon. Lauantaina näin myös areenan ensimmäistä kertaa ja myös Softenginen harjoitukset.
Areenalle menoon kannattaa tosiaan varata aikaa ja erityisesti semifinaalien ja finlaalin aikaan areenalle menevä tie tulee tukkeutumaan. Areena näyttää ulospäin tosiaan teollisuusalueella olevalta vanhalta hangaarilta. Mutta sisälle on onnistuttu tekemään loistava areena. Fanien paikat näyttävät olevan hyvät. Istumapaikat sijaitsevat molemmin puolin lavaa ja seisomapaikat ovat aivan esiintymislavan edessä. Kamerat jäävät fanien taakse, eli näkyvyys pitäisi olla hyvä.
Softenginen lauantaiset harjoitukset menivät hyvin. Bändi on todella rock ja osaa asiansa. Lava on hieno ja Softenginen esityksessä valot tekevät todellakin rock -konsertin tunnelmaa. Hyvillä mielillä voidaan kannustaa ja toivoa että Eurooppa laulaa meidän tahdissa Something Better.
Lauantai-iltana oli EuroClubilla Nordic party missä nähtiin lukuisia artisteja ja tietysti kaikki pohjoismaat. Sanna Nielsen hurmasi fanit ja Softenginekään ei jättänyt ketään kylmäksi.
YLE:n delegaation edustaja oli ehkä unohtanut suomalaiset fanit jakaessaan lippuja tilaisuuteen ja vain muutama fani oli saanut kutsun juhliin. Onneksi muiden maiden delegaatiot auttoivat ja olivat avuliata jakaessaan kutsuja Nordic Partyyn.
Klo 23 jälkeen kaikilla oli mahdollista päästä EuroClubille joko akkreditoituna tai sitten näyttämällä OGAE ID korttia jolla sai sisäänpääsylipun joka oikeutti kahteen juomaan. Pohjoismaiset fanit sulkivat EuroClubin klo 04 ja lähtivät tyytyväisenä hotelleihinsa odottamaan seuraavaa päivää.

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