A huge benefit this year for those in the audience was that the scoreboard appeared on a big screen behind the presenters - astonishingly that's very rarely been the case in recent years, instead the standing crowd usually have to squint at some tiny screens at the top of the arena which made the voting less enjoyable than if watching at home. There's an amusing moment in the 2007 contest where what sounds like a British woman shouts "WE CAN'T F***ING SEE ANYTHING" during the voting, so presumably it was the case in Helsinki too.
Overall easily the best organised contest since Stockholm, volunteers all around Tel Aviv city helping fans and free shuttle buses taking you to and from the arena. On arriving early to the queue staff gave me a free 1 litre bottle of water, which in 29 degree heat was very appreciated as I waited. Got on camera for about half a second too, although my 30-second appearance in 2016 will remain my all-time highlight!
Concerned already that next year will be nigh on impossible to get tickets for, the close proximity of the Netherlands to the UK, Ireland and France especially will encourage many more to buy tickets than recent years. But at least there's the Eurovision Village if I'm out of luck for the arena, I met a few who watched it there this year and it was still enjoyable.
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