Now that we finally have the host city for the Eurovision song contest 2011 let's see what to expect.
"We want to beat Moscow and Oslo!" say the organizers. They also promise to showcase the legendary German precision. And show that Germans like to be entertained and know how to party. "The arena is big but the audience can sit in comfortable chairs and relatively close to the stage and singers while enjoying a real stadium like feeling. People will feel closeness to the stage at the same time being totally involved in the show." Hmm, sounds a bit Copenhagen to me, expect it was far from feeling the stadium feeling. Or indeed, in a negative way. What else?
"We are in north of Germany, close to Belgium and the Netherlands where we have a lot of enthuastic fans coming over. We are close to city center with 24.000 hotel rooms. We want the whole city to feel the show's in town and get the city heavily involved. And also Hamburg and Hannover with megascreens" Ok, now that sounds like Helsinki where the whole city was indeed out in the streets to enjoy the happening the big weekend!
"We want to make the biggest ever Eurovision, even better than Moscow. Oslo also set the level in organizing but we will top them, too." Ok, but what's this megalomania? I never really liked the Moscow stage and stuff. Sometimes less is more and smaller is bigger. Sometimes.
"We want fans to be even more involved in all happenings, starting from rehearsals." Good! what I heard from Oslo the rehearsals were a misery without public! If only a big part of fans and "journalists" would also learn some manners and how to behave. And most of all the show's made for them, but not only, and they're not the stars.
"We will make sure the tickets are affordable for everyone, starting from 19 euro. We want everyone can afford to attend the rehearsals or the finals." Good. And now let's wait and see how they manage the ticket selling (in November?).
Seven months to go. I'm curious to see the shows in May. In my books Munich 1983 has the worst ever stage and propably the worst hostess ever, too. Two records to break, I hope they don't do it! :-)