So I last left you before the Eurovision grand final… Which was about a month ago now. (Doesn’t time fly when you’re not doing any writing.). Eurovision was amazing, but while amazing, it was a different experience to what I expected it to be.
I’ve been to concerts before – big crowds, amazing performances and very loud music. This was different. I’d never attended an event that was designed to be broadcast. And if Eurovision is anything, it’s designed to be broadcast. The audio was much quieter than I expected – especially the hosts, in the arena, you pretty much couldn’t hear them speaking at all. My friend explained to me that it’s because there are microphones dispersed across the arena so that the sound technicians can mix the feeds for the broadcast – fading in and out sounds from the crowd, the hosts and the musicians at different rates. For the viewer at home, it makes the event an incredible spectacle, for the viewer in the arena, it means you’re going to watch it again when you get home. The crowd is a prop, nothing more.
Now don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of it. We had the very best seats you could wish for. Literally at the very front of the Golden Circle, so there was nobody between me and the artists, I was as close as you could get.
We’d found a group of other Australians from pretty much every state in Australia so were standing together, which led to what was probably my best Eurovision moment. Leading an ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Oi, Oi, Oi’ chant. Every Australian in the arena joined in – and believe me, with the roaring echo that came back at me, there were a lot of them.
As far as Eurovision results go… this one was a nail biter, we had no idea which way it would go, but we definitely didn’t expect Australia to perform as poorly as it did, or for Austria to do as well as it did either. Now, I don’t think I’m going to be putting any spoilers out there considering it’s a month on, but Israel won. Which is all well and good, the song was fun and she put on a great performance. But the instant politicisation of her win when she said the contest will be in Jerusalem next year was… in poor taste I believe. But here we are, going to Israel for Eurovision 2019 (hopefully in Tel Aviv).