Sunday, April 29, 2018


Today's the day. Azerbaijan will kick off the rehearsals 11am local time behind closed doors, as it has been now for a couple of years. Even more rules have been set by EBU in the last minute this year: a maximum of two minutes footage can be published by fan sites and blogs, and if I understood corretly none in private social media pages but only on blogs and sites. Same goes for photos.... But hey, I'm all for it. Too many times "fans" have slaughtered acts even before they have got their act together on that new stage (think Belgium last year for example) making them drop in betting odds etc. It's not only question of peace of mind for the delegations and the artist and money, it's a question of respect.  Let them get their act together before you judge, ok?  If you complain have a long look at the mirror. Fandom gets what fandom deserves. Simple as that. One of the best decisions by EBU for years, the best since closed doors rehearsals actually. Now if they only also closed the screens in press center and only showed the last run through or so - or let the delegations decide whether to show anything in these first technical rehearsals.... Media has opportunities to interview the artists and get other content 24/7 so it's not like they don't have thngs to do and publish if they only want...
As an old school blogger, working more on words than videos I think this will put some new school "journalists" into test. Making a video is easy and going on for two minutes really saying nothing but try the same in written form.... Good luck with that!
This said, I hope everyone present in Lisbon will have a great time and that this Portuguese edition of Eurovision will be an awesome one - all ingredients are there!

Today's schedule:
11:00-11:30 – Azerbaijan
11:40-12:10 – Iceland
12:20-12:50 – Albania
13:00-13:30 – Belgium
13:30-14:40 – break
14:40-15:10 – Czech Republic
15:20-15:50 – Lithuania
16:00-16:30 – Israel
16:30-17:00 – break
17:00-17:30 – Belarus
17:40-18:10 – Estonia
18:20-18:50 – Bulgaria

Each country will have a press Meet & Greet after their rehearsal

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