It has been a great and sunny day for the 21 participating artists in the Netherlands last weekend. After arriving in the hotel the delegations have been brought to The Hague with shuttle busses. A welcome reception by the major of The Hague and The Toppers – this year’s Dutch participants took place in a church. The major emphasised that The Hague has been hosting the Eurovision Song Contest two times already – in 1976 and 1980 and he is proud to welcome this year’s participants in the Dutch Eurovision city.
As it’s getting popular doing individual promo tours, it’s probably more effective to assemble lots of singers in one city at a special date. There was a huge interest of the media as well as from the public. The delegations were driven with open busses through the centre of The Hague.
With a delay of more than half an hour the concert has been opened by two famous Dutch singers Maggie Mc Neal (“Amsterdam” in 1980) and Marsha (“Rechtop in de wind” in 1987) who have also been the hosts of the night. Every participant of the night received a bunch of tulips just after each performance; this has been a tradition in The Netherlands hosting the Eurovision.
The concert in the Marcanti Amsterdam was a music marathon, even if there were “only” 21 songs; the show has been scheduled into 7 show blocks with 15 minutes breaks. For the almost 2000 people in the audience it appeared a bit too lengthy, as there were only a small number of seats in the Marcanti. From 23 announced singers, 21 showed up - Chiara and Soraya were very late. The winners of the night judging by their performance and the applause of the audience were Ukraine, Spain, Moldova and Malta. Svetlana from the Ukraine probably had the best show act; with four minimal dressed male dancers she was presenting a very well choreographed and convincing performance. She was the big surprise of the night! Chiara from Malta also receive a big applause, as she is having many fans and participated twice for Malta already. Soraya from Spain as well as Nelly from Moldova enthused the audience with fast disco rhythms and folkloristic elements. Not all of the singers have been singing live, but the majority did.The most disappointing entries were Germany, Serbia and Belgium. Finally, it was a good opportunity for all the singers to promote their songs.
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