There have been almost no articles about Sweden’s presentation of ESC, and virtually nothing about Malmö as a host city. Why? Because the news media, the blogs, and everyone else only writes about problems, failures and mistakes. And Sweden nailed it. Eurovision was absolute perfection.
Start with the Malmö Arena. It was the perfect size. Any smaller and it would have constricted what could be presented. Any larger and people attending would have been further away from the stage, reducing the experience there. The arena was perfect.
Second is Malmö itself. It’s a wonderful city. Large enough to easily handle the influx of visitors. Small enough that the focus of the entire city was Eurovision. And their mass transit system was perfect for moving people around. A wonderful host city.
Third is Petra Mede. After the forgettable trio of Azerbaijan, the painful humor attempts in Germany (proving that German Comedian is an oxymoron), and the painful amateur-ship of Norway, Petra was a wonderful change. She made it all appear natural, never being the show, and presenting everything perfectly. (We’ll ignore the minor faux-pas of pre-announcing the winner.)
Fourth is the introductory postcard showing the artist in their home country. A very sweet way to combine both the artists and the country. Way superior to Azerbaijan’s “land of
secret police tourist spots” and Germany’s “look at how multi-cultural we are”. Sweden did as good as Norway here.
Fifth is their entertainment during the
ballot stuffing voting and counting. They weren’t as good as Norway’s flash mob singing. But the rest was as good or better than anything else done. The part with the people electronically painting the stage as they moved was amazing. And a lot of it was a celebration of past Eurovision songs which was perfect for this.
Sweden, take pride in a job perfectly done.
David is a Colorado-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com