Hello Dear readers!
My name is Ola Melzig, and it’s my true pleasure to invite you to yet another edition to the Eurovision Diary.
It’s an enormous honor to yet again be the Head of Production for this amazing event, and me and my partner in crime, Tobias Åberg, would like to thank RTP for inviting us and for the warm and sincere welcome to the Portuguese Eurovision family.
Tobias and I have been impersonating a pair of rubber balls bouncing between Stockholm and Lisbon for 8 months now, and we have finally reached the destination- the production of the largest music television show on Earth - The Eurovision Song Contest!
This diary will cover our daily lives on site at the venue, and you will be able to follow us through pleasure and pain. Hopefully it will be mostly pleasure!
Old readers will recognize a couple of faces, but overall, this year's production is VERY National! After all, we are here to tell a Portuguese story, and who better to tell it then themselves?
Some of you might frown upon the fact that we have no LED or any other video canvas in our stage this year. It is a very bold creative statement, and one that every single member of this production is enormously proud over.
We have hired a few international crew members for some key positions. We did this because they sit on specific knowledge and experience. There are some wheels that don't need reinventing. The mix of all these nationalities combined with the attitude from the national professionals has generated a very creative atmosphere with the best working conditions that you could imagine.
We do think that diversity is a strength, and you will see it not only in our team, that has more than 10 nationalities represented, but also in the mix of national and international suppliers, adding another 6 nationalities to the mix.
We would also like to thank all of you delegations, that immediately embraced our creative statement of not implementing any type of video on the set this year. It has triggered their creativity in a way that we haven’t seen in many years.
As a viewer, you are in for a hell of a ride!
The past 8 months of this event has been an amazing joyride, and we are sure the thrill and the excitement within our team will stay with us all the way to the end.
Lets take a quick look at what has been going on for the past 8 months shall we?