We're well into stand-in rehearsals now so here are a few behind-the-scenes looks at what we're doing. We can't show you what is happening on our stage right now since the competing countries would like to keep their performances secret as long as possilble. But I can tell you this, our stand in artists are AMAZING, and the pictures we're getting look fantastic. We are in good shape!
This is our first chance to rehearse as a unit - lights, cameras, stage changeovers and performers. This rehearsal is more for our team then the delegations, but we record the result, and send it out to the delegations so they can have a first viewing of what to expect when they get here next week. A VERY important tool for us all!
In the olden days when I was a young man, we would just haul some innocent volunteers up on stage to stand there, with a empty roll of toilet paper instead of a real mic, hence the name "dummy rehearsals". But now we get actual young performers that have learned the songs. I can't tell you which rehearsal this is. Well, I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you......
Sometimes we've had local drama school students do this as a semester project - learning the songs in various languages and the choreography. This year it's an assortment of young people that responded to local postings on facebook and other social medias. We LOVE THEM! Thank You Thank You Thank You!
As Floor Manager, Henke keeps rehearsals on time by moving acts on and off stage, giving countdowns, etc. His is the voice of God with a body of a Super Star. A very old Super Star..........
While Christer, Linus and Mads (OK, I added Mads in the photo here) keep watch on the monitor.
Mads Enggaard (right) and Linus Kannerberg (center) are Viewing Room Manager and Assistant Viewing Room Manager respectively. They are the link between the delegations and the directors and creative departments. After each rehearsal, the delegations go to the viewing room and sit down with Mads and Linus to review the performance on screen, discussing all creative aspects, what changes they may like to see and learn what and if certain changes can be done. Every once and a while the delegations say, “I love it!” which makes Mads and Linus (as well as the creative and production team) very happy!
Christer’s job as Show and Contest Producer is to have an overview of the acts and the content, try to keep them apart in expression and look, and regarding the show, it is actually to create and put together a series of programs that will be interesting for a wide variety of tastes and people and viewers as possible.
And here's Zain Odelstål, Director of Opening and Interval Acts. As part of the creative team, Zain brainstorms with Christer to make a cohesive and entertaining show.
But now I'm going to ask him the really interesting things:
OM: How was your first day of rehearsal?
ZO: It was very effective!
OM: That’s true – this morning I think I saw you on stage on a treadmill in a bomber jacket
ZO: That’s true
OM: Was this a clever decision?
ZO: No it wasn’t
OM: At your age?
ZO: Really not
OM: It looked good though…the first 30 seconds but then it was quite obvious that you forgot your own choreography
ZO: I did and that is very very very bad behavior
OM: Well you know what, I got very bad news for you, because we recorded it. It’s forever imprinted on the EVS. And guess who has the backup?
OM: So who’s paying for dinner tonight?
ZO: I guess you cause you can sell that backup for a lot of money
OM: What’s your favorite color? Random questions here.
ZO: That is random
OM: Random is not a color
ZO: I guess red
OM: You love red? That’s gay. That’s the color of love.
ZO: And fire and anger
OM: That’s orange. That’s what Henke said.
Henke: I’m also gay
OM: maybe I can sense a Tinder match! What’s your favorite Eurovision song? Sing it.
ZO: Ooohh that is really hard. Oh God. It goes “Oh God” (sings)
OM: (I sing now): “Oh God, I’m on the stage dressed in gold”…..Is it true…..oh that was a good song Iceland 2009….Is it true you were dressed in golden pyjamas last year?
ZO: Twice. And not much else!
OM: Azerbaijan - That had lots of pyro. Was it hot on stage?
ZO: Not really
OM: Then again you weren’t wearing a bomber jacket
ZO: I was barely wearing anything
OM: I know!
ZO: Just a G-string and tights
OM: Yes. In gold. Now I know what to link your picture to (please now click on Zain's photo above!)
OM: So I wonder if I should link this audio clip – what do you call that – and a-og? I think I should just write it out. What’s that called?
ZO: A log.
OM: That’s true. But mine will be an O-log
OM: One last question. What are you gonna do on May 14?
ZO: I’m going to go back to civilization
ZO: No, I’m gonna go back home to my friends and my small apartment and SLEEP
OM: This means that you’re gonna miss my 27th birthday on May 16...........
OM: Well thanks Zain, you've been a lovely guest!
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They are all bloody dogs!
So many questions........