Apologies that this has taken so long to put together. This short film includes all of the postcards Boom Bang a Blog readers had taken outside various former Eurovision venues. Hope you enjoy it.
The brakes are off. We have a host city. We have a venue (well, we have a building which will become a venue in the coming months) and we even know the identity of a couple of entrants even if we don't know their songs yet. I think it's safe to declare Eurovision 2014 on-season open.
First things first. This is where European pop will call home in the run-up to big final on May 10 next year. The B&W Hallerne is the collective name for two huge halls in a former shipyard in an area of the city called Refshaleøen. Between now and then the buildings and the surrounding area will undergo an extensive overhaul to be transformed into the wee village the Contest venue becomes each year for all those in attendance as well as an auditorium, press centre, warren of dressing rooms, etc, suitable for such a major international TV event. I hope they do a nice mural on the side of the arena.
I'm just back from a quick trip to the Netherlands. While I was there we took a whistle-stop diversion to the World Forums Centre. Formerly the Congresgebouw, it was the setting for the 1976 and 1980 Contests. It looks completely different now (especially when you compare it to the venue which appears in the opening film), although I did take a pic.
It got me thinking. I can't be the only fan who does this - sought out a former venue while on my hols and had a snap taken outside it. So, if you have done the same yourself, why not send it in to Boom Bang a Blog and I'll create an online. It would be fantastic if we could get every venue ever but I'm not sure how we'd get on capturing the TV studios used in 1957 and 1958. I'm not one for rules but I'd rather the pic was not taken while the venue was actually hosting the event - that would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Ideally, it should be somewhere you have sought out when the Contest's not on.
You can send your pics to email@example.com I'm looking forward to seeing 'em...
I first heard Only Teardrops back in January after it had won the Danish national final. At no point during those three minutes did the words 'Eurovision winner' flash across my mind. Fair play to Emmelie though, she won it well and thank all that has breath that we're not off to Azerbaijan again next year (perhaps missing out on the 2020 Olympics shortlist has made them more determined to host every Eurovision ever between now and Doomsday).
This truck with a cheeky hoarding was parked outside the Malmo Arena after the show. Even if it had left Copenhagen halfway through the voting it still would have made it before Emmelie lifted the trophy. This is third time Denmark has won Eurovision. It took 37 years after their maiden win in 1963 for the Olsen Brothers to take the title, so with only 13 years between Fly On the Wings of Love and Only Teardrops, they're getting a bit quicker at winning. It's likely to be Copenhagen 2014 and after all the fun and self depreciation that Sweden entertained us with last night, I wouldn;t be surprised if Sofie Grabol turned up in a woolly jumper for a deadpan skit at some point during next year's proceedings.
Now, Glyn and I usually predict who's going to get out of the semi-final stages at Eurovision. This year we've decided to see who's likely to do what in the final. We've each picked our Top 10 and our bottom three and we'll find out after the show who is the most prescient (Glyn says he has had a Eurovision vision about Ireland). Neither of us have plumped for the UK despite Bonnie wowing the crowds in rehearsals - why is it that we Brits never want to imagine that we'll do well?
If you're on Twitter, I'll be tweeting throughout the show this evening @boombangablog.