The ESC is more than a TV show, it’s a real event with thousands of journalists, fans, delegations and so on, and they all need to be catered, accommodated and entertained. The Euroclub has been introduced in 2003 in Riga, where everybody could go to celebrate and meet friends, colleagues and performers. The social aspect is one of the most important parts for the majority – nowhere else you will meet that many nationalities united with the passion for music. This year Germany is the host and the main prejudice for Germans is being super sorted and organized with the “German Gründlichkeit”. And therefore everything is limited, colored bracelets are mandatory to get in anywhere; many people associate the ESC as bracelet contest already. Without a colored bracelet nobody can enter any premises, parties and particularly the Euroclub, and there only a few available for elected delegations – the effect is to have half full locations without atmosphere. That’s a real pity as the international guests expected to have a good nightlife in Düsseldorf, therefore they are not allowed, only delegations – everything is now a kind of “private function”. The main thing, sharing a unique time together has been taken away. This causes a lot of disappointment among the journalists and fans. Even the Austrian singer Nadine Beiler did not get into the Euroclub because Austria was not on the list that night. As a result, this will bring a lot of discontentedness to those people who support the Eurovision Song Contest over all the years. The official argument from the broadcaster is that they have issued too many accreditations this year. This needs to be changed for future years, otherwise the idea of the ESC will die.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.