It's broadcast day! Finally we reached the days when we are rewarded for all the long hours we have put into this project!
The final COWntdown.....
This is my favorite moment in life! Having the venue full of people and waiting for the first broadcast to start. People often ask if I'm nervous before a broadcast. Sometimes I am, but never before a Eurovision. We have rehearsed and rehearsed and I know that the crew will pull through.
But it's not only what we do that makes this show special. We are gifted with the best audience in the world! And they add a wonderful layer to our broadcasts! Here is one of the fancier fans for Israel tonight!
And we had a full house of them!
The broadcast went by with very few glitches. The ones that happened was not noticed by any TV viewers for sure. When there is a problem, we adapt and move on.
And here are the winners! Welcome to the final!
We'll post some of our production photographer Ralph Larmann's amazing pictures from the show tomorrow for sure!
There are no more favorite clips this year. We are too busy making new ones!
Hejsan hejsan! Sorry about the late update today! Had a show to do.............
I'm sure you heard the rumors, so lets confirm them! Yes, Will Ferrell is here, and so is Andrew Steel! They happened to be in town for another project, and decided to hang out with us a couple of days. Yes, this might be my coolest morning coffee EVER!
More famous people! But in a different field! Here is Ralph-Jörg Wezorke (left), his son Phillip (right) and Markus Janning (center) from MA Lighting. Thank you for all your wonderful support guys!
Melanie is geared up for our first audience dress rehearsal and and also to introduce our PYRO team, Luso Pirotécnia. She used to work with them, which is how we first met her on a dusty hilltop in Puebla, Mexico!
Luso Pirotécnia is a fantastic Portuguese pyro company known for magnificent fireworks and a unique way to present the art of pyrotechnics. I always feel very lucky when we find fantastic talent locally! Meet the team L to R: Tomas, Sergio, João Paula, Paul, Vitor, Xavier, Vera, Dario, Hugo, João, Bruno and Nelson on the floor! Great job guys!
Paul preps the CO2 tanks.
A bit of nice fog for Armenia and oh yeah we had audience in the house for the first time last night!
But the initial tests were actually the most fun - they blew off everything!
And I mean EVERYTHING!
And here's a bit of a waterfall. I don't know why they call it a waterfall because it's actually a fire fall....
Sparklers for UK
Smoke bombs for Czech Republic
And how appropriate... fire for Cyprus!
But there's lots more to come see you just have to keep watching!
Hejsan Hejsan and welcome to todays update! We finalized the artist rehearsals today and we were done quite early, since it is OPENING CEREMONY TIME! We sent out shotgun reporter Ola Melzigia to the party to check it out, and this is what he brought back to us!
Howdy howdy! Here we are super live from the Blue Carpet down at the river Tagus. It was a warm and sunny day, and A LOT of people!
The party area was the last stop for the Delegations once they were done with their walk on the carpet, and there was food and drinks as a reward!
So many people......... let's see if we can find someone that I know!
Viola! Say HELLO to one of our hosts, Danila Ruah and Isabel de Carvalho, the RTP HR manager.
HELLO Filomena Cautela, who is also a host on Eurovision. Mena owns the greenroom!
You might notice that there is mostly beautiful girls in today's update.......... Here is Gohar Gasparyan! The HOD from Armenia.
Ok, lets throw in two cool boys into the mix.......... Tobias and Mikki hanging out on the dock, with apple juice.........
Naaaaaaah, back to the girls! Say HELLO to Stephanie Caflisch from EBU (middle), here together with Nadja Burkhardt from the same organization!
Tradition states that Jon Ola Sand has to speak on this event. And so he did.
But it's not often that the President himself shows up! But here he is! Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa decided to show up with an hour notice. Security was thrilled......
HELLO Christabelle Borg! I got to know this lovely girl a couple of years ago when I was doing Eurovision Junior on Malta. Such a sweetheart! She is here competing for Malta with her song Taboo!
HELLO Laura Rizzotto! Love this! She is here competing for Latvia with her song Funny Girl!
Elina Nechayeva sings La Forza like no one else! And she sings it for ME! And Estonia!
Even though me and Christer did a perfect stand in rose rehearsal for Belarus earlier today, no one in this shot is a performer this year! But you will be able to hear the lovely voices of Sanna Nielsen and Edward af Sille'n if you watch the Swedish broadcast, since they are the commentators for Sweden. Sanna ALMOST won Eurovision in 2014 with her beautiful song Undo. But a bearded lady came in the way of her victory. As they do....... See her performance from 2014! DO IT!
It is REALLY hard work doing these party things........ The night ended with a collapse on the stage, and some cozy time with our Floor Manager Hence! Thanks for always looking after me buddy!
But before we go I have to show you our rose rehearsal from yesterday. I'm the singer and Christopher is clearly the ballerina.
Today's clip takes us back to Stockholm in 2016, and a crash course in how to win Eurovision. This piece never gets old. I'm still in tears every time I watch it!
Hejsan hejsan! Today we're visiting the wonderful world of Riedel! They're one of the most important communication tools we have! They take care of a massive network of all of our intercom signal distribution and radio network. Oh and barbecue of course!
We get a nice warm welcome with smiles and candy from Fernanda and Tereza! Fernanda is Intercom and Signal Distribution Assistant and Tereza is RDR Support.
And here's Team Riedel's way of welcoming new arrivals to the venue! This pulley and counterweight actually helps keep the door closed so it doesn't get too drafty. The disco ball is just for fun! Thurid's friendly face is on the weight. She is Riedel's Account Manager for Eurovision Song Contest!
And meet Project Manager Benedikt Leister on the left who was kind enough to explain all the things that Riedel does here. On the right is Thies who is our Signal Distribution Technician.
Let's dive into all the things that Riedel is doing for us here at Eurovision!
Intercom The intercom system consists of multiple Artist intercom matrix frames (Riedel and Videohouse) which are connected with fibre cables in a redundant ring topology. Each frame is equipped with a redundant power supply and redundant CPU card. The biggest part of all intercom panels is routed through MediorNet, Riedel`s Signal Distribution system, to the positions of the intercom panels. All panels within the OB Trucks and also TOC are directly connected to intercom matrix frames.
I have the biggest panel!
Radio For communication between different departments Riedel has installed an analogue and Tetra based radio system. The analogue system is mainly used for production purposes and is working on half-duplex and simplex channels. The half-duplex channels are interfaced to the intercom system. The Tetra radio system will be also used for communication of the OB department, Backstagemanagers etc. In total Riedel has installed one main and two remote basestations across the venue to establish a coverage of the whole area.
Here at CCR (commentary control) we have L to R: Jakob, Thomas, Hans-Juergen and Andreas. They have full control over what's going on upstairs in the commentary booths.
Here is the inside of one of our 35 commentary booths full of Riedel equipment. From each of these rooms each country (roughly 27 delegations during any one show) broadcasts their comments from Lisbon to their home country during the live shows.
Nico, Intercom technician; Thies and Larsen, intercom technician and commentary
I tried to capture them in their natural habitat.......
Signal Distribution The signal distribution system MediorNet consist of a main routing core (6 x MetroN Frame) and multiple “satellite” positions within the venue. Each position is connected in star topology to the core frames. Frames are equipped with redundant power supplies. Each MediorNet Position has a minimum of two frames which can work separate from each other in regards to fibre bandwidth.
For all these topics we have a crew of 5 people who can step in to each technical part of our systems.
Here's the rest of the team:
Fredrik, IT Technician
Gil is PM for IT
Jaclyn, commentary support
Joel is our other PM IT
Manuel is accreditation engineer
Niklas is IT Technician.
Thomas is our radio technician
And our other Thomas is commentary support.
Valeria is also commentary support!
And finally say hi to Thais, Radio distribution support.