What went right and wrong with the Greek Final
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
EDITORIAL – I felt the need to write this text at this moment as I didn’t watch the Greek National Final on TV because I was working on the spot. This editorial is set to clear some things especially after the dreadful comments I heard on Greek media regarding the quality of the production, the songs and the transmission. Ι narrowed my thoughts in three aspects.
THE TV RATINGS FALL
Since MAD TV took over the production of the Greek National Final in 2013 we have a series of TV ratings fall. In 2013 the TV ratings launched to 22% while it was 18,2% in 2014 and just 13,6% in 2015. The problem with the TV ratings is not the dark lights, the bad sound, the average line up of artists or the guest list. It’s simply the day and time NERIT decides to air the show. It is insane to air the ultimate TV project of the Greek national broadcaster in the middle of the week at 21:00 local time. This never works. The show must definitely move to Friday or Saturday and at a real prime time zone!
THE GREEK MEDIA COMPLAINTS
The Greek media complaint that the the sound was bad, that the singers were singing average, the image was too dark. OK, I saw the same show today on my screen and there was not a single sense of truth in it. The lights were not that dark (I guess those saying that haven’t seen Melodifestivalen 2012 which was based on the artistic view of a dark coverage). The sound was bad too? Then how come Maria Elena performed excellent? I guess the sound is just an excuse for the media to comfort their guests, participants who didn’t win the ticket to Vienna. Then it’s the argument that the singers could;t sing well because they couldn’t hear the music in their ear-monitors. I guess only Maria Elena did! It’s such a bad excuse to justify their bad vocal performance anyway!
THE NEED FOR CHANGES
I do find things that went wrong in the Eurosong 2015 a NERIT and MAD show, despite been amongst the team. First of all, as I mentioned, the day and time of the broadcast must change. Second NERIT (or future ERT) must organise these things months before and not 2 weeks before the live show. There is absolutely no organisation at NERIT, no provisions for careful strategy and planning on this show, which literally does the biggest TV ratings amongst all NERIT programs. Second MAD TV must stop hosting the event in the “buzukia” venues. We had enough; WE DEMAND AN ARENA from next year! I know it as given for free because there was no time and money, I know these halls have already a good set up of sound and light features but the people don’t enjoy! Downstairs we have the “without any sense of nervousness” VIP guests sitting all over the place, while those who can create real excitement and share their passion because they actually love the show, upstairs and standing. In TV terms this is wrong! Third, there must be a provision for press and media to work. Not claiming the need for a press centre but at least a descent red carpet with access to the artists to leave as soon as they end their interviews and not waiting for the line up to end first. I was surprised to see 14 cameras on the spot; no we don’t have 14 big TV stations but WE Greeks send one camera per show, to make different interviews. Therefore there was a broadcaster with three cameras in an area of 3×2 sq.m. because they wanted three different interviews for the same TV station. COME ON we are not Hollywood! Finally the last thing we need to change is the show director. The camera work was indeed the worst ever. Cameras should move because of the song and not because they just have to.
That marks all of my comments. It might be a little bit incoherent for you, a bit messy but it’s just as it came right after I finally saw the TV broadcast of the show.