The Euroclub is a bit out of the way, over in Vesterbro a half hour walk and bus ride from my hotel in the Indre By (downtown area). So I had been a bit hesitant to bother–it’s a late night venue after the shows and events each day for the press and accredited fans to listen to DJs playing Euro-hits, and each night five or six of the competing artists will get up and do a mini-set. I caught a bit of the show on Saturday night, and when my friend Mathias from Germany mentioned that some of the biggest stars this year would be performing on Sunday I made an effort to get there.
Two performers really brought the house down. English/Spanish rock diva Ruth Lorenzo is representing Spain this year, and got up and did a lovely, polished version of her self-penned entry “Dancing in the Rain”. Then her backup girls sang a quick a capella version of “Amazing Grace” while Ruth went backstage to change into something flashy. She came back out in full Tina Turner shimmy dress and scorched the stage with her “Proud Mary”. Then France’s alternative/hiphop party boys TwinTwin came out and did a full set of four songs that got the crowd bouncing. Hersi from Albania performed an accomplished “I Will Always Love You” and then her contest entry.
But the next performer was the one everyone was waiting for and she did NOT disappoint. Conchita Wurst of Austria was the paparazzi’s darling on the red carpet earlier, and she is more and more the fan favorite this year. After she did a vampy version of Cher’s “Do You Believe” and then smouldered through her own “Rise Like a Phoenix”, the crowd simply would not let her leave the stage. She launched into “The Heart Will Go On” from TITANIC, and then had to perform “Rise Like A Phoenix” again a second time to keep the fans from rioting.
When Greece’s Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd took the stage to perform “Rise Up” and then cover some of the past great Eurovision winners, it was time for me to head home–all that stage intensity left me spent.
Oh, one thing that also made my night! Host of the Euroclub stage is Tim Schou, the great-looking lead singer of Denmark’s 2011 popular Eurovision entry A FRIEND IN LONDON. I had met and chatted with Tim last week at LAX as we checked in for the flight to Copenhagen, and he was really cool and friendly. Last night he spotted me from the stage and took a minute to give me a shout out as his friend from LA, and recounted a conversation we had at the airport. So I got my own little moment in the spotlight among all the Eurovision stars.