One of the highlights of the Eurovision weeks is the opening ceremony with the red carpet catwalk. Since 2010 in Oslo a red carpet is rolled out – mainly in front of the city halls – to welcome all participating artists and to celebrate them on the red carpet.
One of the highlights of the Eurovision weeks is the opening ceremony with the red carpet catwalk. Since 2010 in Oslo a red carpet is rolled out – mainly in front of the city halls – to welcome all participating artists and to celebrate them on the red carpet. This is also a touch point of the citizens of Vienna, the journalist, the fans and the interested crowd to take a look at the ESC singers in person. It’s a little bit like the Oscar’s in Los Angeles, many good looking people in gorgeous outfits.
This year’s red carpet ceremony almost took two hours. The singers and delegations were brought by eco-friendly buses to the start point, when they had to show up at the photo wall. The 200 metres long catwalk was divided by the press section on the left, behind that, the fans were able to take photos. Arrived at the end point they were welcomed by the mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl. There was also a big stage where the singers were also interviewed by Andi Knoll and Kati Bellowitsch. Inside the city hall the Wiener Sängerknaben sang the Europe Hymn and the singers of 40 nations could familiarize with themselves. Unfortunately, the press was not allowed to be inside.
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.