Since the start of rehearsals for this year’s Eurovision at the end of April, the production has encountered several technical problems.
The main problem is the scene, which should be shown as a half sun and rotated, which doesn’t work.
The reason it doesn’t work is that a key has been thrown which is stuck thus preventing the sun from rotating.
Thus, several contributions, including Lithuania, had to modify the show.
Latvia and its contribution “Eat your salad” are also affected by the stage problems.
– Everything is fine now, after making the necessary changes. We changed camera angles, lights and a few other things, said Latvian press contact Edgars Bāliņš.
Project manager for MGP, Stig Karlsen, says some are very provoked by the technical challenges the Italian broadcaster has faced.
– Some obviously couldn’t control their emotions after it was announced that the stage rig wouldn’t work as originally advertised. Eurovision is perhaps the most complicated and ambitious television production in the world, and a lot of things can go wrong.
On Twitter, the EBU sent a clear message to viewers and the public.
– In the spirit of the Eurovision Song Contest, we want to remind our subscribers of the value of the contest and respect others online, he says.
They add that they are surprised by online harassment and recall that they distance themselves from any form of discrimination.
– Anyone crossing the border will be immediately blocked and flagged, and the most serious cases will be reported to the authorities.
At the same time, they write that they fully understand the audience’s passion for the singing competition.
– But our artists, our team and our volunteers must be able to carry out their work without threats or harassment, he continues.
Norway is not concerned
Tonight Norway will be on fire in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest and will fight for a place in the final on Saturday. Yesterday was dress rehearsal time, and already 50% of the semi-final result was decided.
Due to technical errors, Norway and Subwoofer are not affected.
According to NRK journalists in Turin, they only made changes in the form that the golden astronaut was given a more central role on stage.
If Norway will qualify for the final on Saturday, we will find out tonight. Karlsen has faith in the Norwegian final.
– During yesterday’s practice, we witnessed a busy first semi-final. We are really looking forward to the evening, he said.
Not the first time
That the production of the Eurovision Song Contest has encountered problems is not the first time.
In 2012, Sweden’s Loreen with the song “Euphoria” received confetti in her throat during jury tests that made her cough during the performance.
Also in 2019, Keiino had problems when the screens repeatedly went black during Norway’s performance.
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