All delegations have been invited to the official welcome reception of the city of Düsseldorf by the Lord Mayer Dirk Elbers. At first the speeches of the Mr Elbers and the EBU Executive Supervisor of the ESC Jon Ola Sand took place in the rotunda of the Tonhalle, while everybody has been seated the Düsseldorf Philharmonic Orchestra began to play “Star Wars”. There were standing ovations in the auditorium for the orchestra. The second part of the reception was more a meet and greet event. Unfortunately, not many German actors, singers, etc. were invited and some of the delegations left the place quite early. The dance floor has been the perfect place to watch the singers dancing unceremoniously. The Tonhalle was also a high security area, lots police and closed streets around the place.
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