Very soon the eurovisionlive.com team will be travelling to Malmö, Sweden. The team is going to report live from this big music event. The fulminant victory of Loreen’s “Euphoria” is unforgettable and led us to the host city 2013: Malmö. Due to the high amount of participating countries (39) the rehearsal schedule is quite extensive; there will be more than 14 days live coverage of the ESC for us. This project needs have a good preparation from all sides. There are a lot of things which need to be planned wisely to avoid disappointments. It is necessary to plan the lodging early in advance as the hotel prices are reaching their peak season during the ESC. Due to Eurovision.tv Malmö still has availabilities in the hotels for spontaneous visitors. A lot of people also stay in Copenhagen. For a team of four people like eurovisionlive.com it’s also a matter of costs. Therefore the team has decided to stay in a country cottage 20 km outside the city area of Malmö, directly located at the Baltic Sea. There will be a definite surplus in the point of relaxation during the stressful weeks. The general costs of living are relatively high in the Scandinavian countries, in particular for lodging, food and drinks – especially alcohol and the additional cots like transportation. Therefore a thoughtful planning is even more important to avoid negative surprises. There is also an internal schedule for all the appointments for interviews, events and rehearsals. During the Eurovision weeks a lot of things happen in parallel to each other, a press conference in the press center, a rehearsal in the arena and another photo shooting outside. A very essential point is that the schedule needs to be flexible, as there are always delays and queues and unforeseen situations.Another point is the planning of choosing the right clothes. For certain events it’s mandatory to wear a suit, will the temperatures be low or high, like in Baku last year? All the necessary documents like passports, credit cards, driver licenses, vouchers and tickets should not be forgotten.Furthermore there is a need of a suitable vehicle, which can contain all the equipment of the team. In our case the transportation problem is solved with a rental car. After a team meeting in Bremen the team is going to drive the long way to Sweden, it will approximately take six hours; two bridges have to be passed. The rental car needs specific configurations in regards of size for suitcases, camera equipment, laptops, food and drinks. A check list is recommendable to organize this better. It’s also necessary to double check all the functionalities of the technical things during this preparation. The batteries and memory cards should not be forgotten. The website also has to be checked regularly, backups have to be made and passwords need to be verified, the interviews need to be prepared as well. But nothing can be planned for 100% and we have to be open for the upcoming weeks. The team of eurovisionlive.com is more than happy to travel to Malmö and to give you the best reports, interviews, videos and photos for you to share. Of course there will be some tidings and surprises on our website www.eurovisionlive.com like every year!
Publisher, Editor, Journalist
About me: My first Eurovision Song Contest I watched behind the walls of the former GDR in 1987. This was even possible at that time! Since then I am following the ESC every year on TV. In 2004 I had the chance to watch it live in Istanbul. Due to the fact that Jens and Bernd have collected many interviews, photos, etc. the idea came up to show all this contest to the public. We founded the website eurovisionlive.com and we have been one of the first to offer the medium internet for the Eurovision Song Contest.