The stage is taking shape.

Host broadcaster NDR has released pictures and a video showing how preparations for the stage in the Esprit Arena are coming along and I have to say, it’s all looking rather marvelous.

It would have been nice to have the artist’s renderings to look at well but in this way, the reveal is bit more exciting. Design-wise, NDR seems to have combined the scale and simplicity of Oslo 2010 with the glamour and production of Moscow 2009. Of course, it’s too early to tell but with an 18×60 metre LED screen running along behind the stage, that massive lighting rig above and those running LED lights all across the stage, it looks like it’s going to be one of the best stages in a long time. Plus, having the audience completely surrounding it brings something completely new and unique as well.

I’m particularly intrigued by the running LED light sections on the floor, originating from the main stage and projecting outwards. My guess is that these lights will be visible from amongst the audience members and will serve to visually integrate them with the stage, much like how the overhead lights from Oslo 2010 did.

Another point of note is that it would appear that they are placing the Green Room directly behind the LED screen/stage like last year. I loved how the winner was introduced, with the entire backdrop being majestically raised to reveal Lena’s awestruck expression.

I’m also intrigued by these sculptures that are constructed along the sides the stage. I wonder what they are.

All-in-all, I think the stage is looking fantastic, even if it is on the verge of being derivative from previous stages. However, the 360 aspect is completely new for the Eurovision Song Contest and no doubt the production values of the German broadcaster will lift the show to new heights.

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