Hello music lovers! Or as we say in Ukraine: PRYVIT! Ok, lets get this thing started....... This year's adventure will come from Kyiv, and I'm sure you'll recognize quite a lot of people from previous years!
Oh, I almost forgot! There will be a new feature this year! If my technical team can figure out how to do a VLOG, we will make one. It will be the best VLOG in the world. Awesome!
Welcome to our home for the next 65 days.......... The IEC (International Exhibition Center) located on the left bank of the River Dnipro. Eurovision will use both Hall 1, Hall 2 and Hall 3 for the production, plus more or less all outdoor side areas.
We thought the building accross the street was a mosque for weeks, and then one day we saw the crosses on top. Turns out it is a Ukranian Greek Catholic church - The Patriarchal Cathedral of the Ressurection of Christ! Imagine that! It's drop dead gorgeous!
This is a picture from Hall 2 & 3 where the stage will be in a couple of weeks. Imagine 1 800 lights, 9 500 spectators, massive LED screens and tons of other shit! It will be awesome!
These areas were carefully searched by security before we got access to them. We will not get access to Hall 1 until April 09, since there is a shoe trade show in there at the moment. All girls in the office are VERY happy about this.........
Eurovision always comes with a very strict security protocol. Being in a country that is in an armed conflict of course makes a serious situation even more serious. All trucks are brought into a security check point outside the arena, where we do a controlled load out.
Every single case and item is sniffed by bomb dogs by this team, but everything is also checked for radiation. The later one is a new one. We call that team the ¨Ghostbusters¨. They did not want to pose for a picture.........
This is the first part of the outdoor area that was searched and cleared. We celebrated this by starting to put up a tent for empties!
But the area where the catering tent should be was not cleared for the first couple of days, so we had to have it temporarily located during the middle of the load in, not ideal, but it worked quite ok.
Problem was fixed after a couple of days, and we have now a lovely tent, with lovely people serving us lovely food and Coca Cola. The later is kind of weird, since Pepsi is supposed to be a local sponsor....... oh well......
Lighting and rigging are the first ones in as usual. Here are some of the guys from PRG and Litecom who will be very busy now. The guy in the yellow jacket is Olaf Pöttcher, who introduces himself to all the ladies as The Handsome German. Thought you should know!
But since we are evil people, we forced sound to show up earlier than ever too! We needed all their cables installed on the mother grid, so no rest for the wicked. I think it's quite obvious who supplies our audio!
Venue Manager in 2016, now forklift driver in Kyiv. The only way is UP Robert Roos! No, actually he is just moonshining as a forklift driver during the first days of load in. His daytime job is Technical Manager for Delegations, Invterval Acts and Openings. I'm not paying you extra for this Robert!
And now onto another great idea I had! Instead of just introducing my crew, I thought we should get to know them more intimately! So with that in mind, let's start annoying innocent people with a few annoying questions!
Name: Christer Björkman
Title: Contest Producer
OM (me): What is your strangest habit?
CB: No matter where I am in the world, every night I go out to my balcony or terrace and just sit in the midnight air. OM: But you're a non-smoker, what are you doing out there? CB: I don't know but I do it every night! Just enjoying the peace and I text my friends about how happy I am! OM: You never text me! WTF? CB: Ha ha.
OM: What's the cutest animal you love to eat?
CB: I don't know if it's ethical (or even legal) but I'd like to eat baby deer, you know, like Bambi. OM: That might be tasty! CB: It's more on principal, the damn little things keep eating my tulips!
OM: If you were a rockstar, what's the one thing you would insist was in your rider?
CB: An Ola Melzig to keep me company after the show.
Name: Hans Cromheecke
Title: Technical Manager, Video
OM: Now Hans, we know you're Belgian, so you must enjoy all the fine beer your country has to offer. I have to ask: running or drinking?
HC: Running. OM: What are you running from? HC: YOU!
OM: what's the ugliest animal you love to eat?
HC: Frog legs.
OM: Last question: beach or mountains?
HC: Mountains in the winter, beach in the summer! OM: Well I can't ski anymore so can I come with you to the beach? HC: No.
Name: John von Look
Title: Head Rigger
OM: What color underwear are you wearing right now?
JVL: Pink. OM: Oh you'll fit right in here.
OM: What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
JVL: Big black scorpions on a stick
OM: Nude or prude?
JVL: Always nude!
How do you know when you have run out of invisible ink?
So many questions......... see you tomorrow!