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Eurovision invites you for a coffee - Part One

28 May 2017 at 08:00 CEST
Romania backstage 2017 Thomas Hanses
Whilst rehearsals for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest took place, we set up a camera in the coffee corner of the Delegation Bubble. We chatted to everyone who passed by including artists, Heads of Delegation, songwriters and many more.

The delegation area, or Delegation Bubble, is a secure area with dressing rooms for each country participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. The area has huge screens where the live shows and rehearsals are broadcast. There are also offices, catering facilities and even a massage room. It's not only an important place for work, but also relaxation and the ideal setting to recharge your batteries over a cup of coffee. 

You for coffee?

We caught up with Romania's Ilinca and Alex who were first to approach the coffee corner. The yodeling duo were unsure whether coffee was indeed good or bad for the voice but insisted that it's the ideal refreshment regardless. Alex Panayi was next in line, he represented Cyprus in both 1995 and 2000 and was the backing singer for Greece when they won in 2005. Alex was in Kyiv again this year as a vocal coach for Greece's Demy and described Eurovision as "the Olympics of music."

Georgia's Tamara shared her thoughts ahead of the first Semi-Final and said that the stage was where she felt most at home. We also caught up with Borislav Milanov who wrote songs for Bulgaria, F.Y.R. Macedonia and Serbia this year. Check out the video below.

The Delegation Bubble is always a hive of activity. Did you spot the volunteers dancing to Moldova's Hey Mamma

Which Eurovision star would you like to go for a coffee with?