Eurovision in Concert 2018 🇳🇱 the aftermath of the promo event: winners and losers
THE NETHERLANDS – The 2018 edition of Eurovision in Concert took place last night in Amsterdam. 30+ Eurovision hopefuls performed at AFAS Live in Amsterdam. Prior to the concert a press program took place during the afternoon which will be attended by approximately 200 accredited journalists from all over Europe. All participating acts were welcomed in Amsterdam by Mark Harbers, the Dutch Secretary of State for Justice and Security and Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. After the official welcome reception, press was able to conduct one-to-one interviews with the artists.
This year’s concert hosted by Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas and Dutch singer Edsilia Rombley, who represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest both in 1998 and 2007. Following the Eurovision in Concert tradition, Edsilia treated the audience to her Eurovision entries ‘Hemel en Aarde’ and ‘On Top of the world’ as well. Special guest at this year’s anniversary edition was the only Belgian Eurovision winner up to date: Sandra Kim, winner of the 1986 contest with ‘J’aime la vie’. Support act of the show were Maxine & Franklin Brown, the 1996 Dutch representatives.
In the highlights of the event: Equinox will represent Bulgaria at Eurovision 2018 with “Bones”. They performed the song with Kristian Kostov live at Eurovision in Concert 2018 in Amsterdam. Madame Monsieur will represent France at Eurovision 2018 with “Mercy”. Monsieur sang with the UK’s SuRie live at Eurovision in Concert 2018 in Amsterdam because Emilie was sick.
Do the promo events work? Well the good thing with the promo events is that a loot of high expectations are blown since we start listening to live performances and we can clearly see that most of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest participants will not be able to deliver as promised in the video clips. We can realise that lots of entries we consider top favourites or even dark horses – or maybe supporting them too much, cannot perform adequately live.
Promo events is also a good experience for artists who are not familiar with the pressure of massive media attention or exercise their skills in interviews.
The main problem all delegations talk about of the record is the sound quality of these events. With no exception there is no promo event without complaint. The proper sound equipment is very expensive and in combination with the dozens of fan videos spread on the web with mobile videos who have by default the worst sound system on them, a lot of bad videos are presented. Usually most of promo event organisers provide official recordings afterwards but it seems to be already late for impressions on the web.
Betting odds: The aftermath of the Dutch event was not making any impact in the predictions. Although the event was hugely promoted by EBU and national broadcasters, considering the best event of all events taking place in Europe and Israel, had no impact in the betting odds unlike the aftermath of Latvia, Israel and UK events when we saw serious changes in the winning outright. Almost 12 hours after the event and the betting odds didn’t change anything. Here is how we noticed all countries performing last night in the overall table of betting odds:
Unchanged in the betting odds: Moldova, Finland, Spain, France, Albania, United Kingdom, FYR Macedonia, Ukraine, Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic (remaining third top favourite to win), Germany, Montenegro, Slovenia, Iceland, Switzerland, Belarus, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, San Marino, Austria.
Slight change downwards: Bulgaria, Belgium, Armenia.
Slight improvement: The Netherlands, Israel (remaining undoubtedly first), Australia, Lithuania.
Overall and having see all the videos (courtesy: wiwibloggs.com) we cannot say that there are losers and winners from this event. Israel and Czech Republic remain the best live performers with fairly to say Bulgaria, Austria, Iceland keeping the fan attention with the great vocal performances.
Though wee can all admit that the new venue and the well organised event by the Dutch team is only a positive remark to what promo events are and should be. Some might say that we have too big events (The Netherlands, Israel) almost equal to a Eurovision level but let’s not forget that these events give the opportunity to various country fans to enjoy Eurovision with most of them not able to travel and attend the actual Eurovision Song Contest. Overall the impression from Amsterdam (and what our friends report, since we didn’t manage to attend this year) is that the event was successful.
We would like to congratulate the organisers and of course all the participants for the almost 1 day event including arrival, press meeting, live show and after party. One day before the live show there was a pre party with various Eurostars like Poli Genova, Emmelie de Forest and more, giving one more exciting tone to the overall event.