Vania and Marion Welter in OGAE Luxembourg Gala

by Stella Floras 117 views

It may be that the Luxembourgish broadcaster has taken a long break from the Eurovision Song Contest but that does not mean that local fans have given up on the contest or the fun it brings. OGAE Luxembourg is organising their second EuroGala which will feature this year's Portuguese entrant, Vania Fernandes and the local 1992 entrant Marion Welter as special guests. The show will be hosted by OGAE Luxembourg president Eric Z. Lehmann and national LUX TV anchorwoman Dany Rasqué.

For the second year running, OGAE Luxembourg organises their Eurovision Gala which is bigger, longer and better than last year. Two days, with two special guests, a grand prize for the winner of the musical contest and Televie, a very special charity to donate proceeds to, it promises to be a very exciting weekend for eurofans.

Friday 17th October is the night of the EuroGala when the song contest will take place. OGAE Luxembourg invites all fans to participate with a Eurovision song to win the grand prize, which is 2 plane tickets to Portugal, kindly offered by TAP, one of the event's big sponsors. The winner will be selected by international jury vote and "televote" at a 90-10 split.

The show will be followed by a Eurovision retrospective with videos from past contests before it is time for the real Eurostars to take the stage. Vania Fernades, the 2008 Portuguese participant was happy to accept the OGAE Luxembourg invtation, as was Marion Welter who represented the micro state in 1992.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Televie, RTL's 48 hour telethon, which collects money for the fight against cancer in its every form, especially leukimia. The Gala is already and will be extensively covered by local media, as it will be attended by many members of the press.

Satuday will be all about Eurovision music for all the guests. The members of OGAE Luxembourg will be more than happy to assist any international fan who would like to join the fun with their travel arrangements, affordable accommodation and will be even happy to offer transport from the airport on arrival.

For more information or to apply for the song contest click here.

To see the poster for the Gala click here.

Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.