AUSTRIA – DW presented a video with the original design of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest stage by Austrian mastermind Florian Wieder. The original design included rolling LEDs and Green Room in both sides of the arena with a catwalk in the middle. The design rejected and revamped due to high cost.
Ola Melzig explains that the current stage design is about 30 tons of 350 sq. meters with the main stage moving independently falling and rising during the performances, changing the geometry of the scene to adjust each performance to a unique presentation.
GENEVA – The EBU has launched a new online community for Eurovision fans entitled Eurovision Fan House (EFH). “Envisioned as an ever-expanding collection of digital properties which will provide gamification, on-demand merchandising, artificial intelligence-powered content and multiple other engaging forms of digital entertainment.
The EFH aims to engage the global, predominantly millennial fan base with the Eurovision Song Contest on a year-round basis”, the EBU said in a statement.
New York-based Native Media Inc. has been commissioned to design, build and commercialise the online EFH over a period of ten years. It is expected to roll out throughout 2017/2018. More details on the project will be released on May 1.
UKRAINE – The team of http://www.oikotimes.com is excited to announce and invite you all in the anniversary party which will take place at the Euroclub on May 2nd.
Twenty one years after the creation of oikotimes and sixteen years after its online launch, the team is gearing up and exciting night with several Eurovision stars attending.
The sexy duet Alex Florea with Ilinca (also known as the Romanian Alyona Lanskaya), the Maltese princess Claudia Faniello, the sexy Kasia Mos from Poland, the ultimate party boys from Moldova, Sunstroke Project, mystic Dihaj from Azerbaijan, jazz enchant Martina Barta from Czech Republic and of course the host country hunks O.Torvald will sing for us and for you on stage.
Since it’s an oikotimes.com party you never know what the closing act could be!
The event is taking place at the Euroclub on May 2nd kicking off at 21:30 with an amazing (as always) DJ set by our famous colleague DJ Farouk (also known froths amazing photo / video work at http://www.concours-eurovision.fr).
with special thanks to http://www.MAD.tv for the assistance
Free admission for all members of the press and delegations.
The guys from JOWST in Norway have some big plans for their act at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev. “We are going to make our show even bigger, more lights, more visuals, it will all combine with the music better.”
We spoke to JOWST at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam. They have high ambition, but at first want to bring back Norway to the final,as the nation missed out last year. “We are going to have a great goal, do the best we can, and we will make it to the final. Last year there was a lot a attention by the press. The song was really good, but it was unfortunate that she got sick. But now Norway is back again, we are happy to be here and grab the moment.”
Grab the moment
“Our song was not made for Eurovision,” they explain how ‘Grab the moment’ was written and produced. “It was made for everyone, we were not thinking about a contest. I think that could be a big strength. We are going to make our show even bigger, more lights, more visuals, it will all combine with the music better.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will begin tomorrow with the first rehearsals. Our reporter Erik is already in the host city Kiev and did some sightseeing for you. Enjoy the pictures from sunny Ukraine!
When you enter the city through the airport, the visitors for Eurovision pass a special check-in lane, where you are greeted in your own language by the friendly Ukrainians.
In the city of Kiev, where is between 20 and 25 degrees this week, there is a lot of pretty to see…
The Eurovillage is still being build-up:
And so is the sight around the International Exhibition Center:
The Press Center is not open yet, so we will provide you with pictures from there later this week!