The Swedes wanted to make the ESC 2016 as modern as possible. The old traditional flags have already been missed in the Semi Finals, they won’t come back in the Grand Final either. Only in the recap and the voting procedure the country flags are visible.
There won’t be a nice introduction film like in the two semi-finals, therefore the singers will be shown how they prepare for the show. Nowhere in the show are images from Stockholm or Sweden, that’s a pity as this ESC could have been send from anywhere. This leaves a cold and impersonal impression for the TV viewers who might expect to see something from Stockholm. Instead all participants have to walk in on the catwalk like in a fashion show from Paris.
With all the technical stage details and the unemotional opening the Swedes turn the atmosphere from over cool to absurd. As interval act there will be a summary of all ESC winning songs, what is needed for a perfect entry? Instead of the 2013 Swedish Smörgåsbord, SVT puts everything possible on stage from drums, dancers, Alexander Rybak as violinist, hard rock from Lordi. This is a special taste of humour which does not fit in this cool production. And there will be Justin Timberlake as a special guest, Måns Zelmeröw is going to present his new song “Fire In The Rain” with a unique Segway performance.
The voting procedure will be different this year. For the first time the jury and telvote results are presented separately to raise the excitement. There will be the live circuit to all the 42 jury spokesmen, who will reveal the jury votes and announce the 12 Points only. At the end the televote results will be added in a gradient order so that the excitement is being kept until the last announcement. It will be very interesting how this new procedure will be accepted as this is being done in the Swedish Melodifestivalen as well. The Swedes always want to bring new ideas into the ESC which is not always be acclaimed by others.
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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!