May 28, 2022

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From lightning quick adjustments to hidden cues to the gang: Right here’s what you don’t see watching Eurovision at residence

Sam Ryder behind the scenes of Eurovision
Right here’s what you don’t see at Eurovision (Image: Emma Kelly/METRO/Getty)

Tonight, round 180 million folks worldwide will tune in to observe 25 acts battle it out to be topped Eurovision Tune Contest champion in a spectacular present in contrast to the rest within the TV calendar. 

Following the 2 semi-finals earlier within the week, the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy will play host to over 8,000 followers who will watch as finalists from throughout Europe (and Australia) placed on extravagant performances to win the votes of the juries and the general public at house, and in just some hours, it is going to all be over.

However whereas all of it involves an finish for an additional yr tonight, a complete, complete lot goes into getting this present to your residing rooms yearly, and never all of it’s glam. Turin have been planning their Eurovision internet hosting duties for months, with 1000’s of crew placing in numerous hours to make sure that every thing is on level earlier than going stay to Europe.

metro.co.uk has been fortunate sufficient to be in Turin the previous few days and has received a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes within the lead as much as the massive evening. Whereas there are very, very strict guidelines round filming and images – we don’t need to spoil the shock, in spite of everything – we will allow you to in on a number of mind-boggling information and backstage secrets and techniques to pique your curiosity forward of tonight’s present. 

The Eurovision venue has been months, and hundreds of thousands, within the making

When Turin in Piedmont beat out different Italian cities to be named host metropolis for 2022, they instantly set to work on planning the place the hell they might put it. Turin was house to the 2006 Winter Olympics, and for this they constructed the PalaOlimpico, a hockey stadium with a capability of 13,000 folks.

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Nevertheless, Eurovision doesn’t simply want a room to placed on the present. There must be a press centre, a bubble for all of the delegations, rooms for broadcasters and interviews, a huge salon for the competition companions Moroccanoil to fashion the delegates’ hair, catering centres, and even a Covid-19 testing centre. 

So, the town of Turin took over PaloOlimpico in March, and since then, 2,300 staff have labored seven days per week to construct the extra man-made buildings wanted to host Eurovision and the 40 delegations. 

This doesn’t come low cost – the town of Turin has spent round £32 million in placing on the present this yr. 

The stage isn’t only a stage

Yearly, the Eurovision stage modifications, and Italy’s effort includes a gigantic sun, primarily based on the actions and lightweight of a kinetic sun, which is framed by water. Whereas all of it seems very spectacular from the entrance, the again is extra like a scene from The Matrix.

That sun is made up of round 1,200 particular person screens that are programmed individually to execute the idea.

And also you suppose the again of your WFH laptop set-up is dangerous? To get every thing operating, 4km of cable has been used on the stage alone. 

Fast modifications

Sure, 25 acts is quite a bit to get by means of, so issues have to maneuver fairly shortly on the evening. Should you’re watching from house, you’ll know that after every music, a “postcard” video performs, this yr exhibiting every act projected onto Turin landmarks. It’s solely about 40 seconds lengthy – and that’s how lengthy the crew has to swap the earlier staging with the following. 

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That is all nice if the act is standing with a microphone on a field – take Switzerland, for instance. However when you’ve Finland and their gigantic balloons, or Australia caught on the high of a flight of stairs in a ballgown, and issues get harder…

Sam Ryder, the UK’s entrant, has this yr’s largest construction – a huge metallic construction harking back to the Crystal Maze – and is adopted by Poland, in order that might be significantly frantic.

And what occurs with the staging after they’re not on stage? Effectively, they’re fairly unglamorously saved in a single large room backstage, and it form of takes the magic away seeing them out of context. 

Viewers participation

We’d prefer to say every thing is pure, however Eurovision wants to verify the viewers look engaged. So for those who see everybody waving their telephones with torches on throughout a ballad… effectively, that’s as a result of the displays instructed us to.

Phone lights on at Eurovision
Ever puzzled why everybody will get their telephones out t the identical time? Surprise no extra (Image: Emma Kelly/METRO)

The UK has already received… form of 

With a present as large as Eurovision with so many shifting components, you clearly should rehearse fairly a bit. As soon as it’s recognized who might be within the grand ultimate, two big costume rehearsals are held on the day earlier than the grand ultimate, operating by means of the entire present. And meaning operating by means of the votes as effectively. 

Europe hasn’t voted but, so the figures are simply made up, however we received a sneak peek on the course of yesterday, and in what could possibly be a really thrilling prediction or an enormous jinx, the UK was proclaimed winner following the televote, with a mixed results of 411 factors, with Estonia coming second.

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Romania got here final, which could possibly be somewhat prescient contemplating WRS has landed the dreaded second place within the operating order (no person has ever received from performing on this slot). 

The juries have already forged their vote

Sam Ryder from United Kingdom singing 'Space Man' performs during the final dress rehearsal at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy, Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Has Sam already performed sufficient to win the jury vote? (Image: AP)

You realize the a part of the evening once we go all the best way round Europe, speaking to nationwide celebrities about douze level? That’s the jury vote, not the general public vote, and the precise voting has already occurred.

The nationwide juries of every nation watched the costume rehearsal on Friday evening, and forged their votes primarily based on these performances. These votes make up 50% of the ultimate outcome, and whereas topping the jury vote doesn’t essentially assure a win (Maneskin solely got here third with the juries final yr), it might go away you in first place earlier than the televote and units you up for an excellent evening. 

And with Sam tipped to do effectively with the juries… effectively, it’s going to be a tense time. 

The Eurovision Tune Contest ultimate airs tonight at 8pm on BBC One. 

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