Only one day to go until the Grand Final of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest will shine over Europe. The moment we have all been waiting for is close, but what can we expect from the show?
First of all there is a little caterpillar travelling from Azerbaijan over Greece and Switzerland up to Sweden, where the transformation to a butterfly takes place. Then all the participating artists from 26 countries walking over a hanging bridge into the arena, accompanied by a flag carrier – it has an Olympic flair. The opening sequence has been written by the two ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. The song is being sung by a choir when the nations are marching in.
All the entries are presented in a very nice way, in an order which has been determined by the Swedish broadcaster SVT and the EBU reference group last night. The postcards show the artists in a personal way in their hometowns and a butterfly in country colours will is flying to Malmö.
The interval act is a matter of taste and has its ups and downs. Starting with Loreens new song “We got the power” and a short version of “Euphoria”, at that time Loreen is lifted up in the air with flittering cloth. This is great entertainment.
In the second part of the interval act there is a show called “Swedish Smörgasbord” a cabaret-styled potpourri of Swedish elements. Unfortunately, that show element stands in strong contrast to the modern elements, it’s probably Swedish humour. Big Swedish meatballs “Köttbullar” appear on stage, as well as elks, folklore. The funny intention transforms into an almost cheap circus. A lot of people have been disappointed, as they expected some cooler performances.
At the end Sarah Down Finer – ex Melodifestivalen host and singer – is finalizing the interval act with a stunning new interpretation of “The winner takes it all”. There is a grand piano on stage. So maybe Benny Andersson himself is going to accompany her, as Benny & Björn will be watching the show in the arena.