The 58th Eurovision Song Contest is about to kick off and the oikotimes.com team is started to land in the host city Malmö. Lots of international visitors started to arrive in the city. This is actually the 10th time an oikotimes.com team is attending the Eurovision event and we will keep you updated on the event with lots of reports and multimedia along with lots of backstage stories. Let’s see what’s happening so far:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SUNDAY MAY 5
:: It’s already here: the Belarusian artist Alyona Lanskaya is already in Malmö with her team and already started preparations for their rehersal. The big international team of the artist is aiming to change our perspective of what Belarus is and they are going to try hard this year.
:: Lots of beer is assumed already from the very first night. Lots of fans and media / press representatives started to explore the city and it’s bars. Are you ready to become one with the festivities? Well it seems that Malmö is the place to be this year.
:: Twitter and Facebook started to fire up with posts of photos and comments from various artists. We chaeck them all and we promise to bring you updates of what the Eurovision 2013 artists are doing on the social media (the most useful promo tour tool on the web)
:: We already knew that Belarusian party is set for May 11th. We also know that Armenia will have a speical gig on May 10th in Copenhagen with Russia and Latvia as guests. Guess what: they are giving away free drinks during the event.
:: Most of the international guests landed in Copenhagen since yesterday. It’s easier and cheaper for most Europeans to approach Malmö through Copenhagen. If you wish to travel now to Eurovision 2013 you better have a large wallet with you it’s almost impossible to book a hotel or a hostel not to mention the very expensive air tickets. Currently 1 EURO is set to 8.55 SEK according to the ECB exchange rates.
:: Croatian delegation is leaving for Malmö and they thought to send their best of greetings to the Eurovision fans. They might have a non winning song but they definitely win the spirit of the contest for sure. Here is their video for the fans.
:: According to the tradition established, all performers bring souvenirs to Eurovision. And Alyona Lanskaya, representing Belarus in the prestigious European contest, will do her part as well. She will bring 50 names of various products with her to Sweden. Beside traditional discs, T-shirts, pens, and badges, 1,000 gingerbreads, the same quantity of vodka bottles, marmalade and dragee boxes, “Alyonka” chocolates, 400 boxes with marshmallows and sweets, 500 USB sticks for PC and wind stoppers will go to Malmö.
:: Moran Mazor from Israel is sticking to the glasses and records the video clip for her Eurovision Song Contest 2013 entry. If you dare to see some photos uploaded on Facebook check this link here.
:: oikotimes.com update: our friends Konstantinos, Olivier and Lilian are already in the host city. Our editors Thomas, Moshe and Alexander are there as well.
:: our very own Nana Mouskouri (aka Lilian Brunell) kicked off her Eurovision 2103 blogging and presents us the dishes for the First Semifinal. Check them out in her blog (one for each participating country) here. The second semifinal dishes arrived and you can “taste” them here.
:: In the meantime and far away from Malmoe, Farid Mammadov, yes the Azeri hottie, is in Turkey promoting his entry to the Turks! Well they have great satellite networks so it’s like he is visiting Turks across Europe. He already met with OGAE Turkey fans. Check the photos here.
THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY
PHOTO: LILIAN BRUNELL