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Eurovision- 2009: Georgia is out of European context

2009-05-19 13:11

2750.jpegMay 16 was the last day of Eurovision 2009 song contest held in Moscow with the record audience - over a hundred million viewers all over the world. Tbilisi Open Air - Alter/Vision music festival organized as an antipode of the event in Moscow with only 30 thousand of fans at the city hippodrome ended a day later.


Eurovision-2009 has become a historic event by its level of organization and the scope. According to the Norwegian journalists who represent the hosting country of 2010 Oslo is unlikely to stage an equal show, RIA Novosti reports. Only the Olympiysky stage is worth of attention with 1.5 km of total floor area! Unprecedented interest to the contest is also due to the number of accredited journalists from different countries - about two thousand and a half. Even two days after the Moscow final Eurovision-2009 is still the leader of headlines and news ratings. While information on Tbilisi Open Air has to be groped for.

"At the festival in Georgia unlike Eurovision everyone performs what they want and everyone has the right to express their opinion, - Anna Sikharulidze, an Alter/Vision organizer was quoted by Caucasian Knot on the second day of the event. - The whole territory is packed with people on 13 thousand square meters! We have around 30 thousand people here". We are left to sympathize with enthusiastic Altervision organizers for 30 thousand compared with a hundred million worldwide is a dispiriting figure.

Unfortunately the rating was not the decisive factor for organization of an "ideologically free" festival to spite Moscow. Neither was the opinion of Georgians. According to Diana Gurtskaya who sang for Georgia at Eurovision-2008 at the national qualification stage the organizers were miraculously inventive "deliberately offering bad sound and a bad quality of TV broadcast for really strong professionals", OSInform IA quoted. "Georgian people don't want that, - Gurtskaya is sure. - We have Maestro, an independent channel and common people don't stop calling there to express their concern and disappointment over the results of the national shortlisting".

As the time showed the people responsible for Georgia's participation in Eurovision-2009 were initially imposing a confrontational approach to the Moscow song contest.

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