Not long to go before Eurovision 2014 takes over Copenhagen.
So it was a little baffling to receive an email from the organisers telling me that both my Danish cameraman and I had had our application for press passes declined (we are representing Al Jazeera English). Am I that much of a threat? Afterall, I’ve had security clearance from the British secret service to work as a political journalist in Parliament and to travel with senior politicians including prime ministers.
I’m still not quite sure what happened, but I have been assured I will be allowed in. I very much hope so! I may not be the biggest fan – the last time I got really excited about Eurovision was when Bucks Fizz won for the UK and that was a very, very long time ago – but this year it’s in COPENHAGEN!
I was at a briefing at the Danish Foreign Ministry yesterday and between 4th and 10th May, this city will be all glitz and glamour. From free music events to a kissing chain (yes really) and even places to get hitched, you’re about to see CPH like you’ve never seen her before.
37 countries are taking part in the contest in a closed-down shipyard on ‘Eurovision Island’ (Refshaleøen). Among them, Russia and Ukraine, who will come face to face and voice to voice at the first semi-final. That could be interesting.
Last year it was the Danish singer, Emmelie de Forest, who stole the show. So who will you be supporting this year – Denmark or your home country? I’m yet to decide – I just want to be a part of it.