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Welcome to the Eurovision diary 2019

May 07

Hejsan Hejsan and welcome back to sunny and warm Tel Aviv!


May06 4

Every morning she is standing there, patiently waiting for me. My beautiful golf cart! Her name is Dolly! But three minutes after me arriving, our catering manager Marina snatch Dolly and I don't see her for the rest of the day...........

May06 1

We got Latvia in da house! I did my first Melodifestivalen together with Rennie Mirro and my third Eurovision with Zita Kaminska! That is one of the things I love with this show. You bump into good friends from all over the world almost every hour of the day!

May06 6

That goes for these two fine gentlemen as well. Robin Hoffwander was the multi camera director for Eurovision 2013 & 2016 together with Fredrik Jönsson whom was the lighting designer for those two shows. Fredrik was one of the lighting operators already back in 2000, which was my first Eurovision ever. He insisted to run the show on a Vari*Lite Virtuoso console.  Turns out that this was the first real show that this desk did, ever....... hardly no problems at all...........

May06 5

It feels like pretty much anyone can get a pass and get into the show these days......... including wonderful weirdo Mikko Linnavuori. I've done two or three Eurovisions with this cat. Not sure how many. There is usually lots of drinks involved when we get together..........

May06 2

Since we had Sweden in da house yesterday, it was a given that the Swedish Embassy wanted to join. So, we invited Swedish Ambassador Magnus Hellgren and his key staff, so they could say hello to John Lundvik and the rest of Team Sweden.

May06 7

And we gave them the best seats in the hall of course. After all, they represent the ruling world champions in Ice Hockey! Here together with my new business partner Anders Lenhoff. We are about to make a lot of money in midget porn and weapons within soon. 

May06 3

A while ago Zivit decided that anyone that was late for a core team meeting had to buy sushi. So, she brought sushi to the meeting yesterday.......... Me and Meytal were late, so I guess it's our turn next!

I just love Iceland for so many reasons! Here is another! This is just too f***ing funny!

May06 10




May 06

 Hoppsan Hejsan and all that stuff! Rehearsals continues and it's going quite well.


May04 14

I thought we should look into the first part of FOH today. Our Lighting Designer Ronen Najar and his team are the ones putting in, by far, the most hours in this production.

May06 25

They started their work already in Mid March when they moved into the virtual pre programming studio we built for them on the M floor in pavlion 2.

May06 21

We keep this studio all the way to the end of production. The studio is connected to the main system out in the arena, which means that the operators can sit in here at night, updating ques and clean up programming, without us burning a lot of diesel having the full lighting system up and running. The studio had four WYSIWYG Perform stations in total. One for audience lighting, one for key lighting, and one for show lighting. In addition to that, we also have a ¨Hot Seat¨ station that has been heavily used for a number of reasons. The whole WYSIWYG studio has been managed by Denis Hessberger for the first 6 weeks. 

May06 24

Each WYSIWYG station gets video from our D# servers via NDI, which is then split in the WYSIWYG video manager and mapped to the different screens. The LED triangles in the ceiling is also included here. Matti Moray is Ronen and Dakars Gaffer and main programmer, here together with Lighting Coordinator Eyal Daniel who is the poor soul that has to sit in front of the stage taking the live lighting notes from delegations. Oh stop it! He loves it!

May06 23

We are using around 200 DMX universes so there is a lot of data that needs to be processed. We are using WYSIWYG Release 42, update 1, and are running it all at 20 frames per second.

May04 10

Once the rig was operational, the happy gang moved into their FOH on top of the grand stand. They have all lost around 15kg already walking the steep, never ending staircase up there......... This picture was taken two days ago when Michael Althaus from Ayrton was here visiting (the guy in white to the left)

May04 4

Say HELLO to Captain Jack! Jack Collins from is Litecom is the system engineer looking after this happy bunch of people at FOH, making sure that shit works!

May04 7

Ronen teamed up with Lighting Designer Dakar Azulay whom looks after the key light together with assistant key light designer Rasmus Bremer, co owner of Litecom.

May04 8

Here is Ivan Eftimov whom is Key Light operator together with Anton Makarenko whom is the Followspot Director.

May04 9

Here is our Joshua Cutts whom is programming all our audience lights. Josh and I were sitting around a camp fire in South Africa, where he's from. We got pretty drunk that night, and almost eaten by lions! The talks were all about how he could get into a Eurovision FOH. Well......... here he is! Chris John Bolton was also there that night, and he is here too! But since he has been doing night shifts lately, we still don't have an image of him. But it will come. DARE TO DREAM!

May04 11

Here is Angelo Di Nella whom is programming our stage lights. We are running the whole system on MA Lighting MA II. We wanted to run it on MA III, but it was just too early for that system doing a show of this scale.


Here is the fun facts about lighting!

  • 2 100 Lighting fixtures in our show.
  • We are saving more than 100 000€ in diesel by using LED powered lights.
  • A total of 11 lighting desks to run lighting.
  • 120 000 control parameters
  • 250 active DMX universes
  • 24 remote controlled Followspots operated with the Litecom Spotdrive system
  • The back wall has 527 Ayrton Magic Blade
  • 24 days of pre-programming for the lighting designer and their operators.
  • 30 people to run lighting operations in show mode
  • 2 991 main power circuit breakers for lights
  • 80 024 meters of cable for lighting alone

See you cats tomorrow!




May 05

And so it begins........ the day we have been looking forward to SO long! We have delegations in da house! Yesterday we started at 10:00 with the first 8 countries in the first Semi Final.

May04 1

We've prepared an area in front of the stage where the Delegations will watch their on stage rehearsal. We take notes regarding camera, light, video, pyro and sound here and try to fix all major issues during their 30 minutes rehearsal, so they can focus on the finer details once they get to the viewing room after they are done on stage.

May04 2

And why not start with someone that ALWAYS challenge the production to the maximum? Lovely Sacha Jean-Baptiste is the choreographer and creator of the Cyprus act, just as last year. Love Love Love this girl! 

May04 3

All the rehearsals are VERY closely monitored by the crew. Click on the link to see video clips from the past two days of rehearsals!

May05 1

But the very first thing that happens when a Delegation arrives to the venue is a safety induction. Safety first!

May05 2

And while the artists are getting ready in their dressing room, we got plenty of lounge areas where the rest of the Delegations can hang. Here is Australia discussing my suggestion of showing up with

next year! I think 2020 will be an excellent year!!!!!!

May05 3

Once they are in their customes, it's time to line them up for their IEM rehearsal which takes place in the tunnel connection our two venues. This is Georgia, the country, not the State, taken pictures of us taking pictures of them.

May05 4

All delegations get's a 30 minute IEM sound check, so we don't have to waste time on this during their on stage rehearsal.

May05 6

And look at all the love happening in this tunnel! Even when the Portoguise delegation visits! And you know how aggressive they usually are! Evil people! Really!

May05 7

Not at all like the soft gentle and very well behaving boys from Iceland! The boys even changed to a bit more cozy and comfy outfits before going to the viewing room!

May05 8

So, what on earth is the viewing room? Well...... it's exactly that! A room where you view! In our case, a room with a really big TV and a 5:1 kick ass sound system. It also has representives from sound, lighting, video and camera, all eager to take your notes!

May05 9

Carla Bugalho is in da house! Surely you remember this wonderful women! You should! She was the Show Producer and Deputy Executive Producer last year. Best friends forever! Not sure who the other Muppets in this picture are...............

May05 5

We have a total of 250km of cables in this production. Some of them goes into the EBU switch which is the hub that distributes the broadcasts from our little bubble to around the world. Say HELLO to Felix Berndt from EBU whom is in charge of it! He is a bit grumpy because the switch still lacks a fridge full of beer. This will be delivered just in time for the start of the World Cup in Ice Hockey! It's the standard trade since years. Beers for him- Hockey for me! Fair!


May 04

First day of Delegation Rehearsals!


Sometimes, a video can say more than a thousand words...............!


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