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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 11

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I knoooooooooooooow! Not many people that knows that I speak Kanerian! Neither did I do be honest! Second to last day of artist rehearsals, and I think it's pretty safe to say that I'm not the only one waiting for the live show mode we'll enter Monday.



Lots of friends and family to us are taking the opportunity to come by for a good dose of schlager. Mine and Joan's neighbours, Ylva and Marko that drove down from Stockholm over the weekend for example!



Latvia in their sparkly suites are having fun. They will actually do a stage dive in live broadcast! First one ever in Eurovision I believe! Labi sūdi!



More good friends! I got to know Gitte and Tutte back in the 80's, when Gitte moved to Malmö with my former girlfriend Sussi. We all actually shared an apartment at one point. I've shared an enourmos amount of fun moments with these guys, and I'm very glad to see them again! Here with their son youngest son Adam.



Macedonia going at it!



Hey! Look what the cat dragged in! A living legend I believe! Tarmo Krimm is in da house! I consider this man being one of my closest friends. Even though he chose to do the opening ceremony in Sochi over Eurovision. Wazz up with that?



I can see a war at the horizon! The girls in the Tait day shift crew discovered that 4 of the guys in the nightshit forgot to put away their hard hats before going home in the morning. A lot of giggle and a glue gun later, they looked like this.



Azerbaijan has one of the coolest and most innovative stage perfomances I've seen in many years. It is such a simple idea, and it works fantastic. Can not believe that it would take 58 years of trying until we saw this. AMAZING! My only question is, where is my caviar? And I need to get a taller photographer, since Joan chopped the poor guys head off being too short.



 And they also have the, by far, longest dress in the show!



KRISTA! I cannot believe this! I said yes to your proposal for crying out loud!



 But I was only grumpy over the loss of Krista for five minutes. Then Malta showed up with a personal registration sign for my Segway!


Now, it's time to go to Euroclub and see if I can force someone to give me 100 drink tickets.

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