WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WITH GREECE IN 1998?
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – It came into our attention thanks to David Pozzo Navarro, a rare video from BBC covering the backstage of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 which took place in Birmingham, United Kingdom, one of the best Eurovision editions ever. In the documentary “Nakes Eurovision” we see the backstage making of the 1998 edition with all participants while BBC focused a lot on winner Dana International and the Greek delegation which caused a bid drama during the rehearsals.
In the video above (check timecode 03:00 – 09:00 and 28:00 – 38:00) Greek composer Mr Yannis Valvis protests to BBC about the camera sequence for the Greek entrant Dionysia Karoke, who ended up in the scoreboard with only 12 points (of course from Cyprus) ranked 20th the worst place Greece ever had. In the video, as we said, Mr Valvis originally complaints to BBC inside the arena. Then BBC’s Light Supervisor comes to the viewing room to listen to the complaints of the composer trying to understand what he wants.
Mr Valvis points out that there are not enough close ups and that the singer is making some moves which need to be covered by a sequence of various camera shots something that BBC doesn’t understand and accepts in terms of aesthetics. In the end of the video (the second timecode above) Mr Valvis watches the live event from his hotel room as he was forced out of the arena, having taken his accreditation and forbidden to reach the arena as he claims.