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Welcome back to the Eurovision Diary!

My name is Ola Melzig, and I’m the Technical Director for the show, responsible for lighting, sound, staging, rigging, automation, LED, projection and pyro, so I’ll have my hands full, for sure.

Bookmark this page to get your daily updates - they will appear in order of the most recent news first, going backwards. If you've missed any days, there is a menu on the right. We'll stick to the format from previous years, where we post the daily news from what happened the day before, because we work late and don't want you to miss anything from the previous night!

So this is for you, dear readers. WELCOME to our daily lives.    Yours truly, Ola Melzig, Technical Director

April 30

Hej musikelskere!

Yet another day in the mine............ No........ Some of us, like myself does NOT get a single day off during this production.............. I will cry all the way to the bank............

 

florentin-gil

 Florentin von Frankenberg and Gil Densham from CAST Software is in da house!

 

joan-katja

 Katja Aiha is in da house as one of our followspot operators. We first met Katja at Eurovision 2007 in Helsinki! Welcome back girl! Euroclub anyone???

 

rainbow

Overheard at FOH: ¨I think it's the most gay lighting I could possibly do¨ After all these years of research and development...........

 

jon-ola

Jon Ola Sand is in da house! But his spirit is always present! Welcome to my home town boss! Good to have you here! The sex God next to him, is my German Scottish BFF.

 

emporia

Did I mention that Malmö Arena is right across the street from the COOLEST and BIGGEST mall in Sweden? Emporia was built not too long ago and we have everything we need in less than a 1 minute walk! I think my dear wife already bought 7 pairs of shoes.........

 

converse

 I only got one pair so far, but mine are much cooler!

 

greenroom

We started to build green room a couple of days ago. It's located in the practice hall that we used for load in and prep of eq. We'll actaully have an 800 people strong crowd in here during broadcasts!

 

lasse

Lasse Jedermark is in da house! This is the 6th Eurovision as a steel rigger. On days off, he likes to farm shrimps and kill pandas.

 

tt1

 Pretty cool guitar right? But look closer......

 

tt2

 Wicked huh? And the damn thing is in PERFECT intonation over the entire fingerboard.

 

markku

A bit of a blur but here's the backstage props storage and Markku couldn't resist jumping into shot! Kaboom on you too Finnpajsare!

 

And with that, I have to ressurect one of the best photos of Markku from Norway in 2010:

fire

 

What could possibly go wrong?

 

Contact Ola Melzig

  • Europe  +46 704 104 343
  • US +1 719 466 1785
  • ola {at} m-m-pr.com

Contact Joan Lyman Melzig

  • Europe  +46 708 204 767
  • US +1 719 466 1784
  • joan {at} m-m-pr.com