So now the dust's begining to settle, what did everyone think of the presentation from Tel Aviv?
- I was amazed they managed to make the relatively small main arena look so big on tv
- A great kinetic set, very adaptable, amazing lighting
- A golden circle now seems here to stay
- No stage invasion
- Great to see the LED screens back and they looked pin sharp with relatively few pixels showing on the tight shots
- The green room, which I believe had paying audience members, seemed under used. Can't remember seeing any wide green room shots with them in it
- Past Eurovison mash-up was fabulous
- Madonna. Least said soonest mended (and I am / was a fan)
- Its a shame interval act Shalva, from semi two, didn't get a reprise to a wider grand final audience
- New voting system was great
- Not sure about the hosts
- Start of the show and into the nation parade was relatively fast
- Why such a long gap between last vote and first jury result? The juries have all voted the night before anyway. It seems to be getting longer and longer. Last year in Lisbon I was standing in the arena, couldn't hack it any longer and got a taxi back to my hotel and was in bed with a glass of wine watching it on tv before the voting started
- All in all, much, much better than I was expecting
- Would love to hear thoughts from anyone that was there on the night
- Norway should've won
I was at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. This was my fourth Grand final and I have to say one of the best (only Stockholm 2016 was better IMO). The run-up to Eurovision week was it’s usual chaos but in the end I felt the city embraced the contest much more than Lisbon did last year. In Lisbon you almost felt the resentment from the locals whereas in Tel Aviv you genuinely felt the excitement in the build-up. After all I was in McDonalds at 4am in the morning and they were playing ‘Better the Devil You Know’ by Sonia, that’s dedication!
In the end I saw the two jury semi-finals and the three live shows. Of most interest was the fact that Netflix were at the contest filming the new Will Ferrell film about Eurovision that will be released next May on the streaming service. Before each show the audience were filmed for reaction shots and atmosphere shots. They played for us the Icelandic and Russian entries in the Netflix film and filmed our reactions to these. Throughout the show there was also a Netflix crew in the standing area taking candid shots of the crowd.
The venue was much smaller than last year however I felt it worked so much better. The Altice Arena in Lisbon was huge and you felt like you were totally disconnected from the stage. In Tel Aviv everyone had a clear view of the stage and those of us in general standing were still really close to the stage. The stage worked very well and certainly appeared to have great depth on screen.
The Green Room did have an audience for the Grand Final. Patrons paid around £450 for these tickets. They had free food and drink all night, as well as a goodie bag. I’m surprised that they didn’t make more of the audience on screen as the Green Room did appear quite sterile.
I thought the overall standard of the songs was really high this year and very equal across the board. Any one of those that finished in the Top Ten could have easily won the contest. The new voting system had its pros and cons. Whilst the reveal of Germany’s nil points and Jon Lundvik not winning were good TV they were also quite brutal and not something that Eurovision is used to. The other main con was that Norway did not receive the due attention that they deserved for finishing top of the televote. Their success was somewhat hidden away.
I thought the hosts were excellent and in Assi Azar we have finally found a true successor to Petra Mede. He’s easily up there with the best Eurovision hosts of all time. Shalva are interesting. If they were not opposed to performing on the Shabbat then they would have won Rising Star and been the Israeli entry this year. The audience absolutely loved them and their performance in the interval of semi-final 2 was my highlight of the week.
Nevermind Madonna but the length of the interval is an issue. The gap between the last song finishing and the first vote being given was 1 hour 4 minutes. Undoubtedly the need to shoehorn Madonna in did exacerbate the issues with the interval however the EBU need to look at ways of streamlining it. In Tel Aviv it worked OK because KAN put on such a good show, however in Lisbon it was a total snoozefest.
Overall Tel Aviv ranks up there with my favourite shows of all time. The atmosphere all week was electric. The city was beautiful and we were able to do some sightseeing, as well as having a few beach days. On top of that the television shows were top rate! I know we say it nearly every year but this will be a tough act to follow in 2020.
Roll on The Netherlands!!
Last edited by tightrope78 on 28 May 2019 2:15pm