Hello Fleethearts, hello World, hello Universe and beyond, this is Berlin calling! As you already noticed, we will celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in our very own special Stonewall way, with an amazing and highly enjoyable Fleet-event, the Stonewall #yourovision
. The Party will be on Friday, May 11th, at the shores and beaches of Risa and Dranuur, as well as in the clubs and bars of Nimbus and Earth Space Dock (ESC on ESD, you know?). In this post we'll keep you informed about what the ESC is and how we will embrace it. Please keep an eye on this post, because as the event planning progresses we will unfold additional informations for you here.Please note: When the headline begins flashing in Rainbow colors, all infos to the respective topic have been posted.
The Eurovision Song Contest has a very big community around the world. Every year in spring the Contest is accompanied by various parties, in which old and new stars and singers perform their hits. Here is a list of the official parties. Watch out on the internet for actual live-streams!
- March 24 ~ PreParty Riga ~ Estonia
- April 5 ~ London Eurovision Party ~ Greatbritain
- April 14 ~ Eurovision in Concert Amsterdam ~ Netherlands
- April 21 ~ Eurovision Party Madrid ~ Spain
Please note: As we approach closer to the Stonewall Yourovision Fleet-event we will post here the event schedule with respective times for your timezones.
- May 8 ~ Semi Final 1, Lisboa ~ Portugal
- May 10 ~ Semi Final 2, Lisboa ~ Portugal
- May 11 ~ Stonewall Yourovision ~ Risa, Nimbus, Dranuur, Earth
- May 12 ~ Grand Final, Lisboa ~ Portugal
All in the Eurovision Song Contest circles, as the name states, around the songs. Everything else might be important, but the songs are essential. The Contest was started with the intention to unite Europe with the means of a language that we all speak: music. That's why the most important part of the contest are the songs and their composers and writers, then the performers and musicians, and last but not least the show around it.
Every participating nation in the contest has different methods of choosing a song that should represent their country. Some are chosen by a jury of some kind, others are determined by a competition like the Sanremo-Festival in Italy or the Melodifestivalen in Sweden. However, at a given date end of March, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) closes the application, and the participants are raffled into two semi-finals. Only the so-called Big Five (that are the countries which finance the contest: Spain, Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom) and the host country will have a guaranteed ticket for the grand final. In 2018 there are 43 countries competing.
For a full list please take a look here: Wikipedia: ESC 2018Please note: As we approach closer to the Stonewall Yourovision Fleet-event we will post here the order of the songs that qualified in the semi-finals as well as the Big Five/Six. We will stream them in our event via Discord. If you don't have Discord and want to know how to set it up, please look here: How to join SGN Discord
All Eurovision Song Contest fans out there know, when it comes to how-to-win-the-contest, one important component is the style. You can break the rules of fashion and your chance to win shall grow. Costumes make up much of the unforgettable impression you get from a performance, as the swedish winner ABBA showed us with their victory in 1974. Also, costume changes live on stage can help too, as introduced by the british winner Buck Fizz in 1981. To honor and enjoy the eye candy factor of Eurovision, we will do fashion contests as part of our event.
Keep an eye on here, where we will publish the categories and voting rules for our fashion contests as we approach closer to the Stonewall Yourovision Fleet-event.
There are so many facts and useless knowledge around the ESC, it's almost like Star Trek Canon! First we have the rules, for example since 1957 every Eurovision Songs can only have a maximum duration of three minutes. The stage crew can consist of up to six artists who are at least 16 years old doing - anything, like ice-skating for example, but no animals. And, ehem, theoretically, songs with a political message are not allowed to enter the contest at all. Then we have the stars - gorgeous icons and divas like Conchita Wurst, Celine Dion, Johnny Logan and Patricia Kaas and so many more.
Get a glimpse of it all in our Eurovision Star Quiz, in which we try to present some interesting facts around the love in the stars. And don't be shy to take part in it, as it will be mostly a multiple choice quiz!
Do you remember the times back in the fifties and sixties, when the contestants in the 'Grand Prix de la Chanson' where just standing around while singing their song? Nowadays most singers and artists give their best in impressing the audience with their moves, like Ruslana did in 2004 with her winning song 'Wild Dances'. We will try to do the same, as we want to do some silly and fancy group dances with you!
Watch out for the instructional videos and the choreography, that will be posted here as we approach closer to the Stonewall Yourovision Fleet-event.
In the Eurovision Song Contest there is no recipe on how to win the contest. There are some switches that you can turn on to improve your chances, as the famous swedish host Petra Mede and the swedish winner Måns Zelmerlöw stated in their great performance about how to win the ESC:Love, Love, Peace, Peace.
But you never know and the contest also has a history of surprise winners that nobody expected, like Salvador Sobral last year. That's why we will do a heavy betting, in which you can win fantastic prizes (that means a lot of EC) with your bets on the winners and losers.Stay tuned to when the bets are accepted in April so you don't miss your chance to predict the results of the ESC 2018! Look here to see how it will work!
There are many many different songs in the Eurovision Song Contest. Not all of them are to be liked, and not all of them are good either. But some of them are rather special, and many are really great stunning masterpieces. What do you like? What do you dislike? We will do a great poll amongst our fleet in a seperate forum thread, so you have the chance to express your personal favorites of this years contest. We will also calculate all our votes up and this will give us the results of the Stonewall Jury! There will be a small participation reward for telling the community your thoughts, so have a look here now and then in April, when we post the link here.
Meanwhile, have fun, please be patient and enjoy the Eurovision Song Contest
while you wait for (y)our #yourovision