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Gavster

Owner & Chief Editor   I’m a qualified designer and the official geek in the crew, dedicating most of my free time to keeping the ESCtips show on the road. My family routes allow me to support the UK, Ireland and Italy.

Stage Design

There is very little an act can do to influence the design of a stage, as every year, each country is faced with host country’s generic creation.  With each stage design, there are a selection of accents they can alter …

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Choreography

Choreography may not be considered the most important aspect of a Eurovision performance, but once there is a dance routine in place, props to interact with, or a catwalk to navigate, the precariously balanced house of cards can come tumbling …

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Crucial Camera Angles

Camera angles are the principal method of involving and selling an act to the TV audience.   Without the stirring emotional looks, sexy stares and cheeky grins, a performance can feel hollow and false.  A proportion of the potential success relies …

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Deception

We witnessed a new phenomenon to Eurovision in Dusseldorf.  Ukraine stunned everyone by recruiting a sand artist to create motifs, which would then be displayed as a backdrop behind the singer.   Bloggers and betters were in two minds as to …

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A Firefly’s Painful Death

Here’s the first in a long line of Eurovision pain-barrier-pushing entries. Christina Metaxa’s Firefly was Cyprus’s hope for the 2009 Eurovision finals, that is until she had a crisis of confidence. Her ability to sing in tune – or rather …

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