Copenhagen Blog: Day 8

Hass Yusuf, editor of vision magazine reporting from Copenhagen. Photographs by David Ransted.

Disclaimer: Apologies for any typos, bad grammar,  missing words, etc. These blogs are being written live as the action happens.

Hi all. I think today’s Monday. Seems like we’ve been here for a month already! Anyway the internet connection went down late afternoon so couldn’t finish off writing about the few Meet & Greets or upload David’s photos from the previous day, so you can can see them below. Last night was the Red Carpet Opening Party at the City Hall. journalists weren’t allowed in, but could wave, scream, shout and take photos as the performers entered the venue. Or you could’ve watched it at the EuroClub. Unfortunately David and myself couldn’t make either as we busy sorting out the tickets for the hundreds of OGAE UK members arriving in Copenhagen from today. All part of the service. Too old to party anyway.

Right a few quick words from last night: Just caught the tail end of the Italian meet & Greet, Emma said that life is now for her. She’s obviously enjoying it. Well who wouldn’t be –  representing their country in this fab contest? Apparently there were rumours that she turned down Eurovision a few years ago when she won the San Remo Festival. She says the rumours wee false and that she would’ve said yes to Eurovision had she been asked then. However, she feels she has improved as a performer from a few years ago, so this is the perfect time for her.

At the Spanish Meet & Greet, Ruth Lorenzo said she thought the whole production so far was extremely professional. Being on X Factor she’s now used to performing on a large stage – but feels the pressure a bit when you consider the vast viewing figures for the pan-European Eurovision as compared for the UK’s X Factor (still quite high of course). She wrote her entry, Dancing In The Rain, when she was at a crossroads of her career and personal life – and wasn’t sure what direction to take. She thought the song sounded more sexy in Spanish.

She just wants a few tweaks for the second set of rehearsals. Those rehearsals for the Big Five and Denmark will be tomorrow morning. Today we’ll have two Dress Rehearsals for Semi-Final One. I’ll attempt to give a few short snappy comments as the acts happen – probably add all that up tonight. But for now let’s have a look at some of David’s pics.

Here's Conchita of Austria giving it her all and rising like a Phoenix

Here’s Conchita of Austria giving it her all and rising like a Phoenix

Here's Teo of Belarus insisting not to be called 'cheesecake'.

Here’s Teo of Belarus insisting not to be called ‘cheesecake’.

Here's one the Finns - the tall blond one...

Here’s one the Finns – the tall blond one…

Green is the colour for Georgia.

Green is the colour for Georgia.

Let's all rise up for Greece. Or give him a leg-up.

Let’s all rise up for Greece. Or give him a leg-up.

The wind machine is on full force for Ireland.

The wind machine is on full force for Ireland.

Here's Vilija from Lithuania trying to grab the attention of her dancer.

Here’s Vilija from Lithuania trying to grab the attention of her dancer.

If shouting at him won't work, just grab!

If shouting at him won’t work, just grab!

Some hoodie is stalking the Macedonian singer...

Some hoodie is stalking the Macedonian singer…

Malta's thinking about going home - not yet though!

Malta’s thinking about going home – not yet though!

Here are Paula & Ovi from Romania having a little embrace...

Here are Paula & Ovi from Romania having a little embrace…

'Ere - where has he gone?!

‘Ere – where has he gone?!

Cleo from Poland looking all Slavic.

Cleo from Poland looking all Slavic.

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I say! (Which way to the Benny Hill Show?)

 

Tinkara from Slovenia is never without her flute.

Tinkara from Slovenia is never without her flute.

Seabalter from Switzerland beating his drum.

Seabalter from Switzerland beating his drum.

Back tomorrow with views on Semi-Final 1 dress rehearsal and predictions! It’s ticker distribution time!

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