Memories from Junior Eurovision 2010 (Video / Gallery)
MINSK, BELARUS – In this series of posts, the team of oikotimes.com would like to present you the highlights the team had in a Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately as some of you remember, in 2012 we lost most of our archives through a big hacking problem. We managed to save a few things and we though we share them with you since the 12th Junior Eurovision edition is coming up in Malta, in November.
Back in 2010 the oikotimes.com got into Minsk to attend the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. From our side we think that it was the best up to date organised event with the BTRC team (especially Anastasiya and Olga) becoming rue saviours for the team.
Fotis and Yannis had great moments (some good some… weird). We remember the arrival in Minsk, in deep midnight with the military officers waiting us in the airport to approve our passports. We also remember a great ride with the Belarusian taxi in a highway where no other car was on and the taxi driver listening to the English version of Despina Vandi’s “Geia”. It was in the same taxi when the radio antenna broke and we thought we were attacked and totally scared we stopped in the middle of nowhere.
More memories came from the press centre where we met for the very first time the WiWi sibling William who interviewed Fotis for Time Magazine. Yannis was really starving as the press centre catering had only slices of old bread with salami. Smoking was also another adventure as Fotis experienced smoking in -8 degrees! Still it was great to see friends and colleagues and enjoy a great event although wi-fi on MAC was impossible.
On a free morning we wondered around Minsk and we got some great pizza from a local store while waiting for the fan meeting with Alexander Rybak. In the hotel the girls (especially the Dutch ones) went frantic when he arrived! But in the very end we pictured with him!
Not to forget the “accident” with the horse in the circus! (Don’t ask for details)
It was the last time to see Svante Stockselius in a Eurovision event and I am proud we collaborated in many Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events. Regarding the winner, Armenia didn’t deserve the victory, Georgia’s Mariam was by far the best although we saw her crying during the rehearsals from the pressure of the choreographer. In Minsk the 2003-2009 winners gathered around and while I anticipated for an interview with Maria Isabel, I was shocked when I heard her saying on camera that she wouldn’t suggest TVE to return in the contest as she doesn’t believe in JESC!!!