On my own no more
Having a slow start into day 3 of Eurovision. But I am hoping for a great day. A) Helly is arriving. B) it is wiwibloggs party in euroclub. The club should finally be packed.
As both will be in the afternoon I am hoping to save some energy for later. By now I got dressed in today's outfit and updated YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. Now I will need to go to the shows again buying some bread and cheese. Can you feel my excitement?
The day itself was pretty restful and Henny arrived with just one hour delay. Apparently there was a guy with a heart attack on her flight... But now they she is here we are getting ready for the wiwi jam at the euroclub tonight.
Before the party we went to a raw food restaurant and Henny and Dan were not impressed at all. Well, at least it was healthy. Won't be going there again though.
To avoid last nights awkwardness of nobody being at the party we wanted to get there later. And while we arrived about an hour later than the first act was supposed to be on stage, we had to wait for about another hour before the first act- 2015 Ukrainian participant of the junior ESC.
There is not that much to say though about the acts though.
I felt really bad for Lucie from the UK. They had to change the running order and Lucie had offered to go on next. However, the soundguys were haven trouble again and the track wouldn't start. Like the pro she is, she cracked a joke about it and tried to keep the audience entertained by singing abba, asking multiple times for help before William from wiwibloggs got on stage to save her -a knight in rusty armor. Once the track was finally on she couldn't finish the song without more sound issues. What was no issue was her voice though. Lucie was brilliant and the nailed her song-even in an attempted dance version. There are things that you should keep classic.
Lowlight of the evening was without a doubt San Marino. While Valentina was fun and definitely was musical potential, her duet it terrible (songwriter Ralf Siegel was in the club-when will he finally call it quits????) and worth that the song itself was valentinas' duet partner. He performed one of his own songs and it was even worse than the ESC entry. He is sleazy and fake and his mouth is moving very weirdly while singing.
Switzerland also performed that night and were underwhelming. The Timebell singer was wearing a dress you probably can by at Ann summers. In itself that would have been okay, really, had she not opted for a bra underneath that was way too visible in the back (and I don't think she wore the bra visible on purpose).
On the contrary I was impressed with Bulgarian und Serbian entry. Serbia did her rendition of 2007 molitva and it reminded me of how great this song was.
I tried to upload the videos yesterday but YouTube aborted the uploads ad I gave up after 4 videos.
After the concert, the party really started with the OGAE dj playing one ESC smash hit after the other. Well, towards the end the song choices were a bit more questionable but then again they usually try to make you leave by playing "party stoppers"
We arrived at home around 3am. It was a good day overall.
The next morning (I was really hoping to sleep in) I got up at 7ish. My friends slept until 10am-lucky bastards.
Because the weather forecast predicted rain for the following day, we did some sightseeing, leaving we with quite a sunburn on my shoulders (except for where the straps of the dress were)
In the evening it was then time for the red carpet. With the experience of last year, we had something to live up to. Man, were we disappointed. As you already know from Instagram or can see below, we had great outfits (designed by myself). From the last years we knew we might not be able to get into the fan section but there is usually a little spot for the public. Not this time. The closest we got was about 200-300m away from the entrance to the red carpet. And we were advised by volunteers we should go to the village to watch it on the big screen. Now, be honest: we are not watching the red carpet for interviews but to be there and support the artists, cheering them on and maybe even taken some pictures.
The worst news about this. We learned about the OGAE section that we could go to if we had out OGAE membership card with us. But guess what Marcus had never meet up with me yet to give it to me. So that was our entry ticket and we didn't have it on us. So frustrating.
We watched a bit of the red carpet though live stream and it made us fairly angry. It was so empty along the sides of the "longest red carpet". What is the point of a long red carpet if there is nobody on the sides to support the artists. And even worse: those few fans that were there, didn't even bother to dress up like us or like we have seen from full on fans like us.
Instead of torturing ourselves, we went to a close by restaurant and had Ukrainian food. It was really good and our waitress even spoke German with us rather that English.
After dinner we decided to watch some vintage Eurovision: 1983 with UK commentary) It is funny to see how much has changed between then and now. Back then the host has to read out the conductor (they had an orchestra), the composers, and artists in German, English and French before every entry. they actually phoned all the countries for voting and all points had to be read. No wonder it took that long. Also it was funny to hear the comments like: Luxembourg has always been doing so well. Or how they thought the Spanish performance was quite ethnic and out there. We imagined what they would have said if this years Montenegro would have performed that year. The audience was all seated and you could not even see one flag in the "crowd". When they went wild, it meant that one or two actually got off their chairs. We imagined how many would have fainted had lordi performed that year.
Later we also watched all German entries between 1956 and 2015. We now have a maffay-theory. Germany seems to be doing very poorly for about 7 years, before we do quite well (top5) again. We had some pretty decent years. With that in mind it is completely okay for Levina to come in bottom5 because we will be up on top again.
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