Oslo

Diary day 1: Tunnels, rain and Eyjafjallajökull

Charlotte at the entrance to the press centre

Eurovision Song Contest 2010 kicked off yesterday with the first 8 countries to rehearse for the first time on this stage and to meet an hungry press. Euroclub opened last night and I learned to pronounce the name of a certain Icelandic volcano - in Icelandic.

Tom Dice commands the stage in Oslo

Tom Dice (c) VRT - Bart Musschoot

It's proving very difficult for most countries to make the stage look different for their performances this year but Belgium has managed just that. Tom's song shines in the Telenor arena with a very simple, but effective, set design.

Thunder & Lightning lights the arena for Vukašin Brajić

Vukasin Brajic © Facebook

Bosnia-Herzegovina was the last country to take the stage in the Telenor arena in Oslo this afternoon. Thunder & Lightning certainly lived uo to its name when it came to the lighting. It's very similar in style to Slovenia's 2001 entry.

Malcolm Lincoln gets quirky on stage

Malcolm Lincoln

Malcolm Lincoln took to the stage at about 11am Oslo time to get his first rehearsal under way. Onlookers were treated to what will be one of the quirkiest stage shows of the contest.


 

Oslo, The Plain of the gods

The Oslo skyline

The Norwegan capital, Oslo, was founded in the year 1048 by king Harald Harderåde. Later excavations however suggest that people have been living in the area much longer.

Chanée & N'evergreen put all focus on Eastern Europe

Chanée & N'evergreen ©  Charlotte Jensen, EuroVisionary

Chanée & N'evergreen, who will be representing Denmark at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, is on a tour in Eastern Europe. They have deliberately put all their focus on the countries where Tomas already is a well known name, but where Denmark traditionally doesn't get many points from.

Full running order for the two semi-finals at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

2010 draw © NRK

A previous draw allocated the 34 semi-finalists into two semi-finals and placed in which one of them the five finalists will be voting. Today a new draw took place in Oslo. It was time to find out in which order the semi-finalists will be competing on the 25th and 27th of May and which starting position the five finalists will have for the final.

Ukraine Decides (Again!) This Time It’s Alyosha

Alyosha

This evening, the final of the Ukrainian selection was held. It was the culmination of three days of competition and resulted in Alyosha being chosen to sing To Be Free.

Malcolm Lincoln wins Eesti Laul 2010 with Siren

©  etv

Tonight, national broadcaster ERR's ETV has held Estonian national final that is called Eesti Laul for the Eurovision Song Contest which will take part in Oslo this year. Malcolm Lincoln won the competition where ten acts participated for the ticket of Oslo.

Marty Whelan: "we have our tipple in the afternoon and we sober up for the event"

Marty Whelan © Denis McEvoy

Marty Whelan has commentated on the Eurovision Song Contest for RTÉ since Pat Kenny left the role after the 1999 contest. He spoke with EuroVisionary.com about his renewed enthusiam in Ireland's Eurovision effort and he and Terry Wogan sneaking Baileys into their commentator's boxes.

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