EuroBlog Round-up Ticket Sales Edition (11th December)

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Tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki went on sale Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 CET and ended with a sellout crowd exactly one second later – which surely all readers know unless they were maybe camping out in an ice hut in northern Finland above the arctic circle. What else could possibly be on fans' minds this week in the Eurovision blogs?

All exaggeration aside, individual tickets to the Eurovision Song Contest reserved for Finnish residents were sold out in thirteen minutes to callers and crowds standing in line at various outlets. Final tickets to international callers were reportedly gone in twenty minutes. Packages that included the final were snapped up in just a few hours.

Finland has one of the most modern phone systems in the world because every single resident fo the country is an engineer at mobile phone giant Nokia. However when every last Eurovision fan in the entire world dialed the ticket sales number simultaneously, international telephone circuits leading into Finland were briefly overloaded leading to momentary frustration from the normally extremely relaxed and patient Eurovision fans. Still through it all the team of editors behind kept fans everywhere current with steady updates. At least Barry did. The rest of us were too busy trying to get through the phone lines ourselves. You'd hope that we'd have a glamorous inside source to tickets since we do write for the largest independent Eurovision news site. But we don't. That's what independent means.

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