Wanna be a Eurostar?

by Richard West-Soley 47 views

Have you ever fancied yourself as a Eurostar, and will you be in Helsinki for the contest this May? If the answers to both these questions are 'yes', then a big public event is planned just for you!

On Tuesday 8th May, the venue Onnela (which suitably translates as Happyland)in Helsinki City Centre will be hosting the Eurostar karaoke event from 23:00 CET, and the organisers are daring fans to come up with new takes on old entries – especially Finnish ones. Solo artists and groups are invited, serious performances and parodies, with the single stipulation that fun must be had by all. Already artists as far-flung as Poland and Greece have promised their contributions to the evening's proceedings – why not add your own?

The event will also include a Eurovision lounge where fans can meet other eager contest-goers from across Europe. Not only that, but the whole week from Sunday 6th to Sunday 13th May will be packed with events and activities, centred around the Karaoke Restaurant which is open all week. The karaoke machine is primed with Finnish entries, national finals songs and Melodifestivalen greats from neighbouring Sweden, so there's no excuse for fans keen on a warble.

As ever, the Eurovision city of the year promises to be a hive of activity and fun – and this time, everyone has a chance to sing!

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.