Eurovision 2015 – Anti-booing technology is could be used during this year’s Eurovision Song Contest for the first time to mask any booing which may be directed at Russian entry Polina Gagarina. Organisers say they do not want a repeat of last year when Russia’s act were booed in an apparent response to its involvement in Ukraine. The organisers’ intervention also comes after Russia’s anti-gay laws continue to be condemned by the international community,
Eurovision Communications Coordinator Jarmo Siim told The Moscow Times:
“It was very embarrassing for us last year when this happened and is not in the spirit of the contest.
“We are here to build bridges, as the motto [of the contest] suggests.”
Siim said there were no problems when this year’s Russian act Gagarina performed at the semi finals.
‘It is the first time we have prepared in this way, we want to be ready in all scenarios [but] we have high expectations that nothing like this will happen.”
But he confirmed “sound reducers” had been installed in case they were needed.
Gagarina is hopeful that the Eurovision audience will be appreciative. But even if they boo, she won’t hear them, as she will have two earphones in.
“Normally I just have one earphone in when I perform so that I can hear the audience and feel the energy of the arena,” said Gagarina in an interview with Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei, saying that Eurovision makes artists use two earphones.
Gagarina put a short video of her meeting with Conchita on Instagram.
In the video, Wurst tells Gagarina she is amazing and the two hug and exchange air kisses. The post got more than 37,000 likes but some homophobic responses.
And Vitaly Milonov, the St. Petersburg lawmaker who was a pioneer of the anti-gay law, furiously responded to Gagarina being polite to Wurst.
Gagarina didn’t respond directly to Milonov but her response to the comments on her Instagram posts could also be directed at him: “Why so angry? It is only a stage persona and it works. She performs excellently and is very cultured. Мind what you write!!!”
Source: Moscow Times