Hello and HAPPY EASTER! Since we're about to go on a break with the diary over the weekend, I thought I should treat you with an extra-large update. Consider it my Easter gift to you! Here we go!
Say HELLO to Matty Ben Shoshan and her team! Matty ( in sunglasses) is our Head of Accreditation, which means that you will not get into our venue, without passing per cabin, located right outside the staff entrance.
While you are at it, say HELLO to our assistant tender coordinator Hagit Raz, here together with her husband that came to visit. Not sure what his name is, but it's not SVEN!
Or why not say HELLO to Shai Barak, whom is working hard together with Tal Eshkoli to plan Eurovision Events, Content and Delegations.
Who is this Bella Donna? Say HELLO to our Delegation Manager Noy Sossover! She sings too!
Noise Boys are in! Here being busy with putting up the monitor and music playback world on Stage Right.
And you can really tell how excited Yossi Edri, our Head of Sound is over the fact that they are finalizing all the stuff inside the venue.
Here is the sound team preparing all the microphones and IEM systems. We got PLENTY of both.
The mirrors on the backside of our LED panels are being installed and completed.
The floor light package is also in place. If you ever wondered how a long row of Ayrton Ghibli would look like, I can tell you that they look just like this!
And here she is! The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 stage. Almost ready, and soon on a TV in your home!
All cameras are installed too. Here are the three main cameras.
We even put number on the seats! Here is mine. Those of you that know about 77, knows..............
The tunnel that connects Stage Right with Stage Left is actually named after last years Lighting Designer- Jerry Appelt! Why? Because our tunnel is just like him, romantic as shit! Really!
Find five things that is wrong with this image! This is the props tent. April 18 was the absolute deadline for prop deliverys. Looks like most countries missed that one. Mess with us- dance in the dark!
Eurovision in all about perfection. Up to the grade that we actually had a tasting of the food that will be sold in the food trucks in the public areas. I can assure you, it was ALL very good!
Since Passover week started yesterday, Zivit decided to gather a bunch of us, have drinks and hand out gifts.
We got really nice hoodies, and as you can see, Johannes, PA,Erik, a very handsome guy that looks like me, and Tobias were first in line.
Meanwhile, when people were busy with this, Shira took the oppertunity to sneak into catering and kidnapp two big jars of Nutella! Why? Because Nutella is freaking AWESOME!
DON'T EAT TOO MUCH EGGS! IT MAKES YOU FART!
Hejsan Hejsan! Here is today's update from schlager heaven in Tel Aviv!
Wednesday is supermodel day! And why settle with a paper copy when you can have the original! Say HELLO to Bar Refaeli, one of our hosts! Our dear multicamera directors wanted mannequins as foregrounds for the cameras. We thought it would be a great idea to get paper cut outs of our hosts. So I accidentally ordered 50 of them.
From one supermodel to another. Joel Papmehl-Dufay from Riedel is not, like most us Swedes, leaving the motherland without proper coffee. Joel brought the best! Skånerost is da shit. Nuff said! Joel's grandfather was a music teacher. He told the guy below that he will never become a guitar player, because his fingers were too thick.................
And coffee is exactly what we are drinking here, out with the wild bunch at a Mexican place............ I can't really only write about work in here........... we do have a life too you know!
We also entertain ourselves with playing imaginary chess upon Ben Gurion Blvd at night. Very late at night..............
Say HELLO to our bus driver that brings us safely to the venue every morning, and back to the hotel at night. He is VERY proud of his Volvo bus, and he should be! Escpecially since it comes with an Espresso machine!
Hejsan Hoppsan! The tango bubble continues to deliver. Here is today's update!
Found him! Say HELLO to our second multi camera director, Sivan Magazanik!
Remember this guy? Say HELLO to last year's Head of Sound, Daniel Bekerman! He's here to inform this year's sound crew about the tricks and stunts needed to survive this little thing called Eurovision.
I told you it would be done within soon. And it is! Our grand stand ladies and gentlemen!!
Can't have a grand stand without a handicap platform! So we are building that too.
The two bridges connecting the main stage with the catwalk on SL & SR are in position and we have started to apply the final finish to them.
Pyro had a busy day yesterday! They came, put up a fan, and left! WTF???
PRG has completed the install of our LED floor. Now we just need to apply the masking and the final facia. We might want to clean it a bit too before starting rehearsals!
Oh puuuuuuuuuuuh! Turns out that the Pyroman team didn't leave after installing the fan! They decided to crawl under the stage and do all the needed install there. Thank you for that! And thank you for sucking at Icehockey!
Cameras are also coming into the house. This is a pretty good thing, since we are supposed to film a whole lot in a couple of days! Here is our 52" Moviebird crane on Stage Right together with some of the Opertec crew. Ukraine is not in the contest with a song this year, but their proud colors are represented here anyway in the crew and gear from this lovely company!
You need two bottles of water, a crippled goat, a 6-pack of beer and two packs of cigarettes to make the hike to FOH. But once you are up there, it's worth it. Best seats in da house!
Not bad huh? We are controlling lights, video and automation from this position. This is also where me, Tarmo and Avishay will sit during the shows. I'll start looking for a crippled goat right away........
At least I found a crippled Estonian already! Here catching his breath in the area where the wires from our 2-D camera system go down to its winches that are parked on the ground behind the grandstand.
All special cameras are supplied by Opertec. Here is one of their riggers adjusting the pulleys for the 2-D system. They also deliver two telescopic rails, a 52" and a 45" Moviebird crane and a dropcam that is located above stage center.
The noise boys also got their shit together. Here is the live sound FOH, located SR on the grandstands.
And here she is! The official smoker of Eurovision Song Contest 2019! Proudly delivered by Litecom! Her named is Smokey Margrethe after the Queen of Denmark! Now we just need to burn her in, find some good meat, and get the party started!