CHANGES FOR MALMO 2013
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
European Broadcasting Union and SVT announced changes in the events calendar taking place during the preparation weeks. Delegations and artists demand… privacy during their first rehearsal attempt and media will originally work at the Euroclub instead of a press center. I have to see how this will work because it sounds too messy already.
The event weeks will kick off on Monday, 6th of May, one day later than usual. The EuroClub will open the same day. Until Thursday, 9th of May, all Semi-Finalists will rehearse once behind closed doors. Journalists and fans can follow their rehearsal on screens at the EuroClub, which will facilitate the basic needs of the press. After their rehearsal, artists will be transported to the EuroClub, where they can give a short statement, do one-on-one interviews and photo shoots
On Friday 10th of May, the Press Centre will open, right next to the Malmö Arena. A kick-off press conference will be given by the EBU and SVT in the early afternoon A second round of rehearsals, which lasts from Friday, 10th of May until Sunday, 12th of May, is open to the media and will start at 16:00. After their second rehearsal on stage, the artist will give a 20-minute press conference, which can be followed by one-on-one interviews and a photo shoot as usual
The ‘Big Five’ (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and host country Sweden will rehearse on Sunday 12 May and Wednesday, 15th of May. The Dress Rehearsals and live shows will take place following the usual schedule, from Monday 13th to Saturday 18th of May.
Good effort to save some money but somehow it needs to be tested…