Posted by Andy “Guten Tag” Bell
With a week or so to go to the whole kerfuffle and it’s high time to look at where the warbling will happen.
It’s Germany’s 7th most populous city Düsseldorf, hence the reference in this blog’s title to Australia’s 7th biggest metropolitan area – Gold Coast !
Düsseldorf beat off Hanover, Hamburg and Berlin for the honor of hosting the show in 2011.
And the city fathers and mothers are pulling out all the stops to make it a stand out show & to show that Düsseldorf can match it with the big boys.
They’re using the city’s soccer stadium, the Espirit Arena, for the event – the goals will have been removed hopefully.
It’s not the first time a stadium has been used for Eurovision.
In 2001 the Parken Stadium hosted the ESC in Copenhagen and there were 38,000 there to watch it.
It wasn’t a raging success, proving bigger isn’t always better. In fact, it was one of the most soulless ESCs I can recall.
Many in the crowd couldn’t see the stage – who would have thought it – and the size of the venue overwhelmed many of the performers.
This stadium will have space for 24,000 people. Let’s hope that makes it somewhat cozier than ten years ago, but I have my doubts.
I fear the choice of venue is an indication that the television event will be a monstrously overblown affair with barely a second to draw breath.
Let’s hope not.
Nobody really wants the singers looking like passengers promenading up and down the deck of the Titanic.
And if there is a TV iceberg on its way, it’s worth remembering that these days there’s no longer a Eurovision band to play on as the ship goes down.