There have been many faces to the Eurovision Song Contest. When I was a kid, it was a singer or two on a regular stage with a camera, a spot light and a live band. Pop song made its entry into the competition with Abba as did major styling. Then came the years of trying to repeat Abba’s success and write real pop songs. It never really worked. The songs had a unique knack of being either emotional ballads of a kind that you will only hear in this contest or kitchy pop-like songs that you would also only hear in the competition.
In the 80’ies at least in Denmark you were in danger of becoming a social outcast if you admitted to liking the songs and for some years we saved our money and didn’t participate. Then slowly it turned. Year by year the love for the song contest has grown as has the number of participating countries until reaching the popularity of today. The winning country has huge budgets for hosting the event, the stage shows include ice skaters and this year around 180 million people are expected to be watching.
Images in this post are all from Basim’s rehearsal today – the Danish contestant.
Today was the first day the press was allowed inside the venue hall during the rehearsals. The stage as well as the 10,000 seats have been built especially for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The site once housed a shipyard and the hall is gigantic but it doesn’t feel huge. It feels magical. I have never seen a space this amazing with so many dimensions to light and colour. I tried my best and I’ll keep trying but it’s impossible to capture.
First image is the Armenian contestant, Aram MP3 (not kidding).
Also from the Armenian rehearsal, discussing some of the details.
Latvia, Aarzemnieki, rehearsing.
There is one place on Refshaleøen, where you can sneak out and walk along a pier that hosts a row of windmills. Those suckers are big!
Denmark is quite famous for both making and using windmills. Here is the first of two shots of off-shore windmills close to where I live.
As I’m listing the photos chronologically here comes a glimpes of Halvandet on a sunny day. I caught my daughter while she busy getting to her next hide-and-seek spot.
Fancy lounging on a sun bed? There’s even a cruise ship in the background.
When I visited Halvandet a day in August the rain was pouring down as I drove there and I had to wait in the car for the rain to stop. The wind was fierce and this being an outdoor bar there were no customers there. A couple of days later, when the weather had cleared and the place was filled with people lounging in the sun, I returned – but the pictures I took on the windy and cloudy day were so much more interesting.