No more fan videos from first week of rehearsals

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EBU, The European Broadcasting Union and SVT, Sveriges Television (The Swedish national broadcaster and the host of Malmö 2103), have together published the new rehearsal schedule for the Eurovision Song Contest.

From next May in Malmö, the first week of rehearsals will be behind closed doors.

Unlike in previous years, fans and media will have no access to follow the first round of rehearsals in the venue, so there will also not be any fan made videos appearing on YouTube and other social media sites from the first run-throughs.

Media and fans can however follow the first rehearsals on video screens at the Euroclub, and blog about them.

After the delegations have had their rehearsals at Malmö Arena, they will be taken to the Euroclub in central Malmö to meet the press and the fans.

The media centre next to the arena will now only open on the Friday 10 May, while the rehearsals run from Monday 6 May. This is one day fewer than any year since 2008, when the two semi-finals were introduced.

The second set of rehearsals between 10 May and Sunday 12 May will be open to media. There is also a 20-minute press conference for each country after the rehearsal.

Source: eurovision.tv

The Big 5 and host countries rehearse on Sunday 12 May and Wednesday 15 May.

There will be three dress rehearsals for each of the live shows like before, two on the day before and one on the afternoon before each of the three shows.

The organisers say this change will not only give the delegations, fans and media one day fewer in the host city, but also give the artists more privacy and not be judged by the first performances, when they are not yet used to the arena and the technology.


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