Eurovision is popping up everywhere! Below, highlights from the Danish press, expats, the WoCo branding machine, the fan community – and the unexpected.
If there’s some unlikely coverage from your country do giv os et praj/let us know!
The Danish press
DR, like many a national broadcaster, has a reputation for playing fast and loose with taxpayers’ money (yes we know it’s the WoCo cabale who are responsible for the stuff which goes wrong but nobody. cares.) hence in the run-up to May the knives were out. Stories in Danish – Google Translate is your friend:
- Kulturredaktøren: De provinsielle er dem, der ikke kan forestille sig et liv uden for hovedstaden – Gdn-a-like Politiken’s cultural editor calls Herning Denmark’s events capital: “the provincial ones are those who think there’s no life outside Copenhagen”
- Ekspert: Københavns Kommune skjuler Grand Prix-udgifter | Millionstøtte til Melodi Grand Prix er fuldt lovlig – DR’s own cultural commentator on costs
- Fra nedslidt fabrik til glitrende grandprix-palads på 70 dage – Politiken’s award winning Magasin visits Eurovision Island with Morten Pankoke (Host City CPH) and Jes Vagnby (architect)
- Grandprixet kritiseres for at svigte grøn profil – How green is my Eurovision? Answer: not very, even though it’s recyling Sweden 2013: København genbruger Skånes grandprix-opskrift and it won’t be a cash cow for the city: Melodi Grand Prix bliver ingen pengemaskine for København
- Berlingske: handy Eurovision topic page, covering the finance issue in detail: Skattekroner forgylder B&W-haller | Typisk politisk projektstyring | Omstridt Eurovision-støtte godkendt af forvaltning | LA frygter ny ekstraregning for Eurovision
- Ekstra Bladet: Send flere penge: Melodi Gak Prix 2014 | Farce: Grand Prix-billetter annulleres | København svarer igen i Grand Prix-krig: Herning surmuler | Bykonge: Københavner-Grand Prix er en farce | Eurovision Island sejler – #puddlewatch!
- MetroXpress: kicked it off in February and also led on the state aid issue: Lovligheden af Eurovision-støtte bliver undersøgt
In broadly positive corner we are pretty much left with Er du med på melodien, København?, which tries to point out that Eurovision isn’t the same as Melodi Grand Prix, and that being host is a big thing.
Will the tone change during Eurovision fortnight?
The Copenhagen Post ran From grime to glitz: Eurovision jumps on industrial bandwagon back in September. It’s an interesting one for expats – some, like New Zealander Olivia Parkinson, are discovering Eurovision for the first time, though Danish eyes…
Among the expat press pack are The Michael Booth and Alex Forrest for Al Jazeera, who confesses “the last time I got really excited about Eurovision was when Bucks Fizz won for the UK”. Oh dear. Update: now she’s quite the fangirl : D
Crossing the Sound, The Local finds itself in a tricky position, to defend Swedish honour or stick to snark? A safe bet is to run What do Swedes really think about Eurovision?
The WoCo branding machine
Wonderful Copenhagen has a brand to push and nothing’s going to stop them. I’m near saturation point, but if it’s new to you see Visit Copenhagen’s #joinus site.
Our top picks:
- Foreigners living in Copenhagen big up a largely one note selection of its delights
- French fan Sébastien: Eurovision is much more than just a show – welcome to Copenhagen, @schipot!
- Eurovision 2014, Eurovision-1964: a bit about music, language Denmark and Italy
- Eurovision fans lokkes til DK – you can almost hear the little hands rubbing together with glee…marketing organ Markedsføring reports that Visit Denmark’s campaign has cost around half per user reached of the usual DK 2.7
- roundup of regional involvement from the Oresund Event Center, ie partner city, stand-ins, Eurovision School contest and yay! the countdown clock as a reminder that the whole things wouldn’t have been quite so, well, mega, without the Swedes
The Eurovision fan community
ESC Buzz rounds up the best of the bloggers. Here’s some more bits and pieces:
- betting/tips sites for less fanwank: ESCtips | Sofabet
- cartoon map with all Ben Morris’ Minipop Icons
- Eurovision glossary and guidebook from ESC Insight (Popbitch also has a guide, which impressively tells you which key the songs, plus any key change, are in)
- expat Dane in Glasgow, ie my mirror image, on this year’s entries: “remember to do a shot of aquavit every time they mention the Little Mermaid or poke fun at Sweden”
- fashion at Eurovision: Beyond the Barbara Dex Award
- learn Danish for Eurovision with Eurovisionary
- Lyrics Are My Sad: on the UK entry: “has no such problem with it being about anything” (plus Dr Eurovision has a weird and wonderful lyrics over the years post on the BBC’s blog)
- matching drinks for songs: semi 1 | semi 2 | Big 5 + DK
- Matchmaker: which participant are you (Carl Espen…)
- musicologist review of the songs: Montenegro: “this song is harmonically much cleverer than its folky vibe suggests” told you!
- nerds corner: Eurovision Tracker has iTunes charts, YouTube, odds and fan club voting details
- the numbers
- rate the songs: ESC Rating | EurovisionR | Mr Gerbear’s sorting tool
- reporting from behind: the Schlagerboys forego the red carpet
- predict the winner: ESC Nation scoreboard simulator | ESC Predictor
- scorecards: BBC | DR (plus bingo and ?bilkort) | ESC Nation | ESC Webs
The unexpected: “my guilty pleasure”
Coverage also pops up from unlikely and even random sources:
- BBC bureaucrats think they can pick a Eurovision winner. Let’s hope they’re right. – the Scottish editor of a UK right wing rag is a fan
- Eurovision 2014: will the competition be smitten by Molly’s fresh approach? – from the Gdn’s muso blog, stalled on 39 comments; This week’s new tracks isn’t quite so kind: “the song careens into the harbour of negative credibility”
- Hvorfor er homoseksuelle vilde med Melodi Grand Prix? – why gays love Eurovision, on Denmark’s research explained site
- Our Eurovision hopeful is a weaponised dose of concentrated Britishness – from the Gdn’s showbizz blog
- The trick is to combine Eurovision glitter and hardcore politics – Danish European Parliament candidate on spreading the LGBTQ word
And mainstream goes Eurovision: the Gdn jumped on the #joinus bandwagon with a Eurovision Guardian Witness assignment (story) | liveblog | dissing the entries | Emma Brockes in NY. Rather less complimentary about the R2 Eurovision pop-up radio station: “But not everything is the Olympics. There just aren’t that many cultural or sporting events that are interesting enough for such relentless analysis and promotion…Being told you have to enjoy yourself for a long time in an organised manner makes everyone resentful. It’s a turn-off.” Could have been worse – DR Grand Prix kept it up for months.
The BBC had inter alia a reporter’s diary.