What happens on stage during the Eurovision postcards? We filmed some of the action to show you how quickly and efficiently the crew works not only to set up props and get artists on and off the stage, but also to sweep and wipe down the floor to ensure that performers are safe. This video mostly focuses on what happens between performances, so if you want to see the actual performances just search on NOwine. We're not playing favourites with these clips. Sometimes we had our cameras on for key moments and sometimes we didn't!
00:05 The stage crew roll off the piano and other equipment from Belgium's Hooverphonic to make room for Russia's Manizha. A male crew member wears her Russian doll dress to get it on the stage before jumping out so Manizha can get in. During the opening bars of her song you see a steady-cam operator swirling around her.
01:46 Albania's Anxhela Peristeri concludes her performance before being escorted off the stage. Israel's Eden Alene and her backing dancers then move onto the stage (which is drained of smoke in a matter of seconds) as wires fall from the ceiling so that the crew can raise some equipment to the ceiling. Another steady-cam operator stands in front of Eden for her opening notes.
02:59 A crew member helps Bulgaria's VICTORIA climb onto her rock (which is really a metal frame with wooden exterior and a man inside steering it). Two camera operators get close to capture our girl in all her glory. Notice that at the end, as she shouts to the crowd, a door opens on the right of the rock. Presumably this is how the operator inside climbs out.
03:58 Ukraine's Go_A stand at the back of the stage as their wintery forest props are rolled out and put together. We count at least nine crew members who sweep the floor and assemble the main stage piece. If you look to the front of the forest, it seems they struggle to make sure that two pieces are fully joined and several people pile in.
05:43 Spain's Blas Canto sang beneath a beautiful moon, which connotes the cycles of life and the ever-changing tide. But the moon is actually a giant balloon! At the start of this clip you see what appears to be deflated rubber or some kind of sick bag that, in less than 30 seconds, inflates to create a beautiful moon.
06:10 This final clip comes from the end of the performance from France's Barbara Pravi. She doesn't have any props. Instead, she finishes the song by singing directly into a camera held and operated by a man right in front of her face. It's obvious they have developed a close bond. You can see Barbara give him a fist bump as she exits the stage for the final time.
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