This year, the Norwegian fanclub has started it's own EuroCafe at Cafe Stredet in Oslo. Last night about 100 fans gathered for a preparty before tonights final in Melodi Grand Prix. Although one or two of the artists were expected to drop by, all fans were astonished when they saw all 8 contestants marching in to the cafe.
The man behind EuroCafe, Per Michael Tingvold Andresen, said that it had to be kept a secret to avoid all of the press to be there, and to make the meeting between the artists and their fans so pleasant and real as possible. Only Dagbladet was invited to cover this happening, but as true fans of this event, of course esctoday.com was there too.
The artists had first met at Per Sundnes' house nearby, and he said that this was an important chance for all of the artist to get to know eachother before meeting up in the greenrom during the final. It turned out to be a very happy meeting, and all the artists seemed to enjoy themselves. Tone Damlie Aaberget even took a round to handshake all the fans present in the Cafe, and Alxander Rybak got to meet some of his biggest fans, who actually wore t-shirts with a picture of him.
Thomas Brøndbo stated that he vas very happy to be a part of this final and esc-circus, and he compared the true eurovision passion with the one you can see with football-fans.
'Some people just involves a lot, and it is very nice to be a part of such a thing' he said.
esctoday.com will cover tonights rehearsals, and will publish an article with the latest news and interwievs with some of the competing artists.