Since Oslo 2010 the red carpet ceremony is one of the big highlights in the host cities during the ESC weeks. This year's one in Stockholm was beautifully located – between the Royal Castle and the Euroclub. A 95-meters long red carpet has been rolled out for the 42 participating delegations. At this special occasion all women were dressed up in great outfits as well as the male singers. For many singers this has been the first time to walk on a red carpet like this with such a big media interest.
The hosts of the ESC Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw have been welcoming all the singers who arrived in a random order. There has been a line for the public, in front of that the accredited fans could meet the singers and on the other side was reserved for the press. It was packed and everybody wanted to make the best shots and get the best comments from the singers. High security measurements have been taken, unfortunately, the organizers have not thought about the human needs of the press. There was no toilet accessible for the 3 hours marathon! Even if the Euroclub has plenty of it, nobody was let in. There have been many angry people because of this.
For the first time the Welcome Reception did not take place where the red carpet was, this was due to a limited space in front of the Town Hall. The consequence of this was a bit miserable, all singers were forced not to walk too slowly. Sometimes there was a bunch of singers at the same time and the security people have made pressure to leave the red carpet. There is room for improvement for future red carpet ceremonies.
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