GOODBYE DENMARK, HELLO AUSTRIA
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – It’s that time of the year, that me as chief editor and creator of this website, write this farewell editorial, most times in tears while waiting for my early morning airplane back to Athens. I will keepthis tradition although this year I am extra sad as we failed to organize the team for a family photo. Team spirit was not or did not understood the importance of that project and really disappointed me.
Let me start with the host country, Copenhagen. The city and the nationla broadcaster aimedto have a rough Eurovision Song Contest show in a former shipyard and they spent millions of Euros to reconstruc and make it perfect. Yes, it was perfect, as perfect was the show and the numerous guests they brought from abroad. But they didn’t have money to fix transportation or at least add shuttle busses to and from the arena’s press center. As media representative Denmark failed this year in Eurovision and I will not come back to this city unless I buy / rent a car or get reassurances that shuttle busses will work.
In therms of the competition, I have to admit that all ofus at press area wanted Austria to win and made everything possible to achieve that. Austrian singer is the 2014 Dana International and it’s clear that the contest needed to re-confirm it’s reputation as GAY event. This is what happened last night: from a gay friendly contest (with intervals like i.e 2013 when Petra Mede was marrying two men on stage during the interval, Krista from Finland kissing a girl) to Conchita’s triumph and statement that “we (gay) are unstoppable”. The contest was also purely political. Austrian victory was the answer of the majority of internaitonal community to President Putin (Russia). Nevertheless Russia managed very easily to get a top ten spot ranked 7th in the final!
When it comes to the website, this year I am proud for the dedication to work from all of my editors despite their exhaustion from hard work and long distance walking every day. Great work is proven first by my personal satisfaction, especially since those who know me are knowing what a bitchy “boss” I am and second by our statistics which smashed (in numbers) those of Eurovision 2013 by landslide. Personally though I expected more bonding amongst us and less drama (don’t exclude myself from it).
In any case I am proud to have worked with these people. In general the highlights are the following: I (Fotis) managed to be ready on time for the complete co-ordination and prepariness of the website, social media, team social activities and public relations. Alexander did a great filming in Euroclub and various other assignements. Morten did excellent filming plus kept our www.instagram.com/oikotimes fully updated. Stefan had also great participation with great review of the semifinal, filming the JP interviews for oikotimes.com and radiointernation.tv and making great fan reaction videos. Olivier Rocher (our latest addition) kept on writing and sharing his own thoughts about the songs and the contest itself. He also issued the idea to have double reviews during the jury rehearsals which was proven an excellent idea. Not to forget our 2014 affiliate Victor who did rehearsals filming and deserves a big apology from us for loosing his personal photos.
We also discussed 2015 plans. Yes, there are plenty of ideas, our minds and plans are more concrete now and we will be a smashing website for the 60th anniversary of the contest, something which you will see in Junior Eurovision 2014 as a “test”.
I have to also thank the eternal #eurovision friends I met once again in Copenhagen during the contest. Kath Lockett and Olivier Vanhoutte definitely proven to be true friends this year. My duo from the UK, Mike and Daniel are still loving me while Mike from Russia kept giving me every morning a kiss for a great day. Lovely to see Olga and Yana again in the press area while I personally need to thank Spiros Sigouros from Star Channel for saving me the very last minute on May 10th. Many hugs to my Belgian friend Wesley for smiling at me every time we chatted and I have to praise him for quiting smoking (I need to do the same too) and my future hubby (at least when he is divorced) Dimitri! The biggest hug and love goes to Helena Reuterwall for truly caring about me and my health progress while I missed (due to stupid communication) my eternal angel Mickey Fearn. Mickey and Lilian truly missed this year from the team and I warn them that next year they better get their asses to Vienna (or any other Austrian city) or they better watch out…
Sometimes when you need to smile an angel comes to you, named Mariane and makes your daily better than it is. The amazing volunteer mommy deserves the best and I wish her to that.
This year on Copenhagen, EUROCLUB VEGA CPH and Host City Copenhagen welcomed oikotimes.com in a unique way organizing and hosting the 13th online anniversary party. Peter, Christian and Danielle made the evening perfect while Mariya from Ukraine, Teo from Belarus, Tolmachecy sisters from Russia, Alex Panayi from Cyprus, Andras from Hungary and Dilara from Azerbaijan honored me and my team at a party which was on the very first day of eurovision preparations week and it was indeed a FULL HOUSE! This party was attended by my friends Dimitris Kontopoulos & Fokas Evangelinos plus EBU Media Supervisor for Eurovision Mr Sietse Bakker. Thank you all for the support! The night will be remembered for years especially when Ukraine and Russia pictured together and proved that music make friends and skips politics and enemocities!
Last but not leat, Europrediction 2014 for 4th consecutive year, predicted the Eurovision winner (Austria) with almost 34,000 unique votes!
That’s it folks!
Goodbye Denmark, Hello Austria
See ya all next year!