Eurovision 2015 – It’s day 2 in the press centre and there was a big buzz for opening act Serbia, with many journalists scrambling for interviews with the bubbly Bojana Stamenov. Also up was Polina from Russia… who blew the whole place away with an incredibly polished 1st rehearsal…
We started the day with our hotel receptionist saying he saw hulluna on Austrian TV news last night. Fame at last. Conchita, move over. We took the opportunity to pop to Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens seeing as the press centre didn’t open until 12 noon and it was beautiful. On the way to the venue we saw the gay-friendly traffic lights for the first time.
Serbia’s Bojana Stamenov opened with kitsch central and some fun dancing. Sadly she could not complete all interviews today, hopefully we can talk to her on Friday.
Boggie from Hungary kept it plain and simple.
Belarus didn’t really set the press centre alight with their performance but Uzari interestingly explained at the press conference about how the song is all about cancer.
The Russian press conference was expertly stage-managed. One of the co-writers, also a backing singer, is Australian. The bass player is also a writer and Swedish. Good on them for getting a way to get on stage! Polina says the song is about giving hugs to your neighbour.
We’ve just done a little voxpop for ESCToday, talking about Albania. We weren’t overly impressed.
Lots of other teams are beavering away in the press centre. Here’s trouble…
Head honcho and Eurovision Event Supervisor Sietse Bakker was out and about chatting to the press.
The Fan Desk is gearing up for action and we’ll soon start the press centre voting. Here’s head volunteer Benjamin (everyone’s fave) explaining to his team of happy helpers what to do.
We’re about to head off for a cruise on the Danube now, courtesy of Vienna’s Tourist Board and their free trips for the press. We’ll be back in the press centre tomorrow for day 3, so enjoy watching all the video snippets until then!