EDITORIAL – It is that time of the year, when Eurovision Song Contest has ended and I am waiting at the airport for my boarding. The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is over and Stockholm made a great edition of the contest both in terms of logistics and in terms of television show.
I would be happier with better lights and accessibility to the press area but overall everything was great. It might not have been the best press centre, we the journalist had but somehow we coped with it, although my legs will remember those stairs for weeks!
The arena, the stage and the television outcome was also great as SVT made a huge effort not to go only Swedish but also make an international quality show. The addition of Justin Timberlake in it can be considered a huge success. We had also two amazing hosts, sexy Måns and hilarious Petra.
We also had 42 entries from which (in my opinion) I could see 36 of them actually winning the contest. The variety of songs and music was unique this year and in terms of music and production I think we had one of the best Eurovision years ever.
In the negatives I must say there are plenty of things. The early closing of shops around Globen, the very early shut down of the Eurovision restaurant, the lack of products variety to buy and eat, the bad lights inside the press area and the transportation after midnight. The most negative for all of us (although it’s not SVT’s fault) was that Sweden is a very expansive country! One last negative was the idea of the postcards. I am not sure this artistic view of the participants in their home country and in Sweden worked well.
Regarding the winner: I have to admit that Ukraine was one of my favourites. I am honestly congratulating the Ukrainian team and the amazing Jamala. Don’t get me wrong, I consider the result fair and legitimate but I have an ethical question for all of us: Do we want a Eurovision Song Contest where the winner is not either juries’ or public’s top scorer? You remember how much I moaned last year when Sweden won Eurovision due to the juries and not due to the public voting. I am not moaning for Jamala but I am worrying of what kind of Eurovision Song Contest we have in terms of ethical satisfaction.
In my view last night I saw three winners. Australia was the juries’ choice, Russia won the public voting and Ukraine won the battle between Russia and Australia! I still have problem with the jury system. How can we consider as 50% the voting of 5 people, equal with 50% of votes by thousands of viewers.
Regarding oikotimes.com: I think we had the smoothest and faster coverage ever. I am proud of team’s work and with the help of amazingly speedy WiFI in the press area, the arena and the Euroclub, everything went smoothly. I hope Ukrainian national broadcaster make provisions for great internet connection next year as it is the vital resource for media to work.
Europrediction this year gathered more than 330,000 voters and predicted Russia to win. Well it’s not a failure (in my view) as the tele voting topped Russia. In the semi finals our readers and juries predicted 9/10 for each show. I am impressed and proud. We had great videos, reports, detailed analysis, euroclub footages, interactive and instant social media interaction and so far we can count 3,5 million page views for the website and more than 350,000 unique visitors entering oikotimes.com.
We had the honour to collaborate with great friends from media and press, especially with the amazing French team of www.concours-eurovision.fr and other websites. This opens the door for greater things in the future and better coverage for you. Remember, after all oikotimes.com is not CNN and will never try to be. The oikotimes.com site is and will always remain a subjective, opinionated website / blog in which we will cover Eurovision in the way we want to read about it. We also celebrated our Spanish editor’s birthday with a special video message by his country’s participant: Barei!
We already made the first evaluation talks about changes for the future and very soon, within June you will see brand new things on oikotimes.com. We already made our discussions with Ukrainian friends and colleagues and we prepare our venture to Kyiv. After all, for me, personally, Kyiv is and always remain a “Eurovision Jerusalem” as it was the first contest I attended and my country won! We already started planing our national selection tour next year and it is highly likely to make a great appearance in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
We also promise you a spectacular party for oikotimes’ anniversary next year. It will not be the 16th online anniversary but under a new brand name, the party will celebrate 20 years, as oikotimes was a printed pamphlet since 1996 before it goes online. We also in discussion with various Eurovision party organisers to interact and participate in their events for the next season.
Thank you Team, thank you Stockholm and Kyiv: here we come!
Fotis Konstantopoulos – Editor in Chief for www.oikotimes.com