Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ESC 2016: BIG5+HOST TO BE SEEN IN THE SEMIFINALS - IF ONLY ON VIDEO....

This morning the news broke EBU and SVT has agreed to show the Big5 + host in the semifinals instead of the usual short videoclips. I was like "Ok, this is what I have been saying all along, the only fair thing to do! Finally" This way they also get more rehearsal time which means they have to come to the host city a couple of days earlier which means also more promotion time on spot. All fair. All countries should get an equal time in the host city and on screen. Great news. Fantastic. Fabulous. FINALLY!
Then more information emerged. The Big5 + host won't perform live in semifinals. Big boooo!
They will perform in dress rehearsals of the semifinals, their performances will be taped and then shown in the live broadcast. Still not in full. Not live. Oh well....
In the end, it's better than nothing. A step to the right direction. Hooray!
Maybe next time they will cut the opening and interval acts for a few minutes and just let them perform live, too. Pretty please?
Hopefully this will also boost the chances of these countries that have been doing not so great (except Italy) in the recent years. Germany came last this year and UK's best in the last five years is 11th, France's 15th. Spain has finished twice 10th but the rest is 20something.....

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