Today it has been the first day at the 2016 ESC in Stockholm. The week of the first rehearsals has started with the first half of the first semi-final. This means that the first nine delegations had their first stage rehearsal, a meet & greet with the journalists and fans and interview opportunities.
The press centre is allocated in “The Hovet” close to the Globe Arena. This building is used for sport events and now it’s being used as press centre and the viewing rows are covered with partitions. It all appears a bit small. There are 900 working place for 1550 accredited journalists, which seem a bit too less for the amount of people which are expected in the second week. The fans will be allocated to a special designated area. The second half of “The Hovet” is being used as press conference centre, which is a lot smaller than in previous years. There is free coffee and water provided and some cake in the afternoon.
Compared to previous years the first day was quite busy already, there were many people in the press centre and there was a battle for the interview requests already. Not every delegation had the intention for interviews today e.g. Armenia, Netherlands and Croatia. The entire interview allocation is not very well organized and there are many discrepancies in the running order of the requests.
As previously reported the stage is immense and cannot be catched by the video screens. As the press and fans are not able to follow the rehearsals in the Globe Arena until Thursday. Judged by the first impression, Armenia had the only big applause in the press centre. The show of Iveta was stunning and a very cool trick with Iveta’s shadow is being used. Also the Russian singer Sergej made an impressive stage show, maybe a bit over the top. The Croatian singer Nina was wearing a strange outfit on stage, which she should not wear for the live broadcast.
Let’s hope that the second day will be smoother than today.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!