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Welcome to the Eurovision diary 2019

May 15

And just like that, it was time to show the world what we have been cooking for months! Live Broadcast of Semi Final 1!!!!!!

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Of course we started the whole thing with a over the top performance with the winner from last year: Netta! Love Love Love this girl!

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Our hosts Erez Tal, Lucy Ayoub, Bar Rafaeli and Assi Azar welcoming our audience and starting the competition. 17 songs in total, 10 making it to the Grand Final. GAME ON!

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Australia choose to ignore my advice about sharks with lasers and put three girls on sticks instead! It worked!

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Belarus had some pyro cases and heavy fog machines on stage. That worked too!

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Cyprus brought their own LED panels and danced away all the way to the final!

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Czech Republic danced even more, and that worked too!

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Estonia was not so much dance, but a lot of storm. Europe loved it!

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Greece had swords in their performance. It's not exactly sharks with lasers, but it's a start! It worked!

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Iceland decided to try with a BDSM version of Rammstein, and they whipped themselves right into the Saturday show.

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San Marino said Na Na Na 1 324 times in 3 minutes, and so did we!

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Serbia had a baby tornado that we created with heavy fog and 8 wind machines. Blew competion out of the water!

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Slovenia did pretty much not a thing, but the song was strong enough to carry them through anyway.

As you can see, we have the, by far, best production photographer in the world in our team. I hope you enjoy the amazing photos from my dear friend Ralph Larmann!

We got back to the hotel at 01:30, tired but happy. Just to set the alarm for an early start tomorrow, when we start all over with Semi Final 2!

Stay out of trouble! We try not too!

May 15 Press Release

After a year of negotiations and planning, the cat is out of the bag!!!!!!!!!

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May 14

First broadcast day is here! Today is finally time to show the world what we've been cooking for 10 months! I'm sure you'll love it! So, since all pressure is on, it would be stupid of me to do anything but a very short update today. So, having that said, lets go into detail about what are noise boys are up to. After all, it is a song contest, so good sound is pretty important! I sent out Volker Schmitt whom is Global Director Customer Development and Application Engineering from our dear Official Technical Partner Sennheiser to do a report! Take it away Volker!

 

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After the delegation is arriving at the EXPO, they will follow a certain route. Their are different routes for commentators, staff, journalists, fans and audience. Planning the flow of a Eurovision production is always one of our biggest head aches since we have over 2 000 people in our backstage.

A: Entrance
B: Delegation bubble
C: Hair/ make up
D: Sound Check and Bodypack dressing
E: Handheld Microphone hand out/ final check
F: Entrance via stage right
G: Bodypack undressing
H: Greenroom

 

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Our trip starts between the Delegation Bubble and Main Stage at position “D Sound Check and Bodypack Dressing”. 

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Between the Delegation Bubble and the Green Room you will find the “Tunnel” to the Main Stage.  The first thing you'll find here is the IEM soundcheck room.

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Before the artist is entering for the first time the stage, there will be an In Ear Monitoring Sound Check. This setting is copied to the other monitor mixing desks in the venue.  We are using DigiCo SD5 and SD7 desks. 14 of them, to be precise!

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Directly behind the Sound Check Room is the location for Bodypack Dressing. In Ear Monitor receivers and Bodypack Transmitters will be attached to the artist at this location

 

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Here is the preperation desk of bodypack dressing. We are using Sennheiser EK 2000 Recievers. 110 of them actually. Together with 250 IEM molds.

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A few steps further down the tunnel the delegation will enter the main venue with the stage. 

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Next step is to hand out the wireless handheld microphones and the final check. Our main mic is Sennheiser SKM 6000, but we also offer Sennheiser Custom Cardioid Headset if you prefer to wave your hands while singing! We use a total of a whopping 232 microphones in this show.

 

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From final check there are only a few steps to the parking space before our contestants are going on stage.

 

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And here it is, the waiting area for the artists, before they are going on stage. As I'm sure you can imagine, the adrenaline is quite high when they come to this point, so it's utterly important that they are handled by a calm and proffessional sound crew, like the one we have here!

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Here is the ramp that leads up on stage. We have left hand traffic on the ramp, just to honor UK and Australia!

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After the performance, the contestants will leave the stage and go to bodypack undressing are before they are going to the Green Room, which is opposite site of the bodypack dressing area.

 

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While all the sining and dancing is going on all over the place, the Sennheiser team in the RF world observing the wireless mic and In Ear Monitor system for Stage, Green Room and Press Conference. If you show up in our world with a wireless microphone, we'll strip you or your badge and kick your sorry ass out of here. All frequences are full!

In addition to the magical world of microphones, we also using this:

Main PA: L-Acoustics K2
Subs: L-Acoustics KS28
Greenroom: L-Acoustics KARA
Press Center:L-Acoustics KARA
Monitor Side fills: L-Acoustics Kara
Network: Dante & Lake Control
Music Playback: Cue Lab

There is a total of 150 speakers in the main venue. We use 24 IEM transmitter systems and it requries 33 crew just to run the sound department in show mode!

All these fun toys are delivered by our Official Technical Partner AgorA from Italy! They are not only good at making salami!

Mind you, Broadcast sound is not covered here. We'll try to tell you a story about that when we visit the most expensive camping truck in the world tomorrow!

Don't forget to watch us tonight!

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May 13

Hejsan Hejsan and welcome to a short little update today! We're running dress 1&2 for semifinal 1 today, so things are a bit busy!

 

Yesterday we completed the Delegation rehearsals with Germany's last rehearsal. We just HAD to celebrate Eurovision style, with confetti. Cleaning hates me now............ And I should remember to turn on the microphone............

 

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After that, it was time to get ready for the official Opening Ceremony downtown. This year, we had an orange carpet. Not sure why....... Then we drank the national theater dessert dry of alcohol, before we went to violate Euroclub.

And all of a sudden, there was a Christer Björkman impersonator on stage singing his song! Or is it Christer? Can it be?

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