Fourteen acts with pyrotechnics

by Richard West-Soley 253 views

The Finnish distributor for pyrotechnics specialists Le Maitre, Oy Pyroman Ltd., has been selected as the provider for the pyrotechnic effects at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, while the contest enjoys an increase in the use of fireworks on stage.

Oy Pyroman representative Markku Aalto promised an "unforgettable Eurovision contest" in which the firm will exclusively use Le Maitre pyrotechnics. Furthermore, this year sees an increase in the use of fireworks on stage, with fourteen countries benefitting from effects, according to reports, as well as fire displays at the opening and conclusion of the contest.

Six specialist technicians will be assisting Markku in the show, making spectacular use of stock such as stage gerbs, comets, flash reports, flitter mines, stage mines, silver jets and theatrical flashes.

Sure 'fire' winner? No guarantee!
Last year in Athens, Lordi won the whole contest after a monster display involving a major firework display on stage. They are no sure 'fire' way to make the final, however; Kate Ryan's act for Belgium included fireworks, yet she languished in 12th place, missing out on a place in Saturday's show. As the pyro bug seems to have caught several other delegations this year, we can expect entries to try to outdazzle each other – quite literally – on May 10th and 12th.

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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 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