Eurovision Copenhagen, here I come!

Eurovision Final 2013 (Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

Eurovision Final 2013
(Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

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.

Eurovision 2013 (Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

Eurovision 2013
(Photo: Dennis Stachel, EBU)

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!

Emmilie de Forest, Eurovision winner 2013 (Photo: Thamas Hanses, EBU)

Emmilie de Forest, Eurovision winner 2013
(Photo: Thamas Hanses, EBU)

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.

Official logo: DR

Official logo: DR

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.

2 thoughts on “Eurovision Copenhagen, here I come!

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