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Welcome back to the Eurovision Diary!

My name is Ola Melzig, and I’m the Technical Director for the show, responsible for lighting, sound, staging, rigging, automation, LED, projection and pyro, so I’ll have my hands full, for sure.

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So this is for you, dear readers. WELCOME to our daily lives.    Yours truly, Ola Melzig, Technical Director

May 8

Hallo Musikfreunde

Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew! Trying to catch up! But it's not easy when everything happens at the same time, and it all requires my attention........ But HEY, it could be worse. Got a couple of remarks from readers about my choice of wording in some updates, I got two possible answers to that:#1 I'm SO sorry, I will really go out of my way to not offend you! #2 I speak this way, therefore I write this way. IT IS WHAT IT IS.

I've still not decided wich one I should choose. For further complaints, please call 1-800-PAPPSKALLE.


We're starting off with some Finnish light porn. I think Krista proposed to ME yesterday. I shall accept such proposal! I like Finland! Hey, what is there not to like?



Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah! My kids came today! Well....... at least 3 out of 5! (I know...... I've been so productive) Nathalie, Emelie and Sebastian will be here for two days, enjoying the rehearsals. It was SO good to see them again after a month in Malmö. I LOVE YOU GUYS!



Gianluca out walking, while perfoming his song representing Malta. This guy has a great collection of smiles, and he knows how to use them, while we have a great collection of projectors and lights, that we are trying to figure out!



I usually jump into taxis saying ¨Drive me anywhere, I'm needed everywhere¨ since I'm such a modest person. Here I'm putting additional tracks on the Malta song with my inflatable Ukulele that goes very well with my Marshall fridge.



Just when you thought you had seen it all, our Media Server Manager Morgan Brown shows up in a Unicorn head, that he insisted on wearing all day. Then again, this is the guy who raped the poor mascot squirrel in Finland back in 2007, so not much new under the sun there..........



I refuse to use the G word here, but you know what I mean..................Funniest question of the two nights of Q&A we did at PLASA Focus must have been when James F Heron asked what kind of Media Servers we used.......... If and when you see James, please ask him about what spell check can do to you while texting.............






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