I’m aware that Swedes in general might not have the same courtesy as many other countries. I may be half Swedish, but I’m also half Filipino which also mean I may have not been raised with the same manners as Swedes around me. With this said, I was very surprised over how unprofessional several reporters were acting towards the artists and each other.
Talking shit about the acts, interrupting people when they are doing interviews and pushing others to get their footage, are just a couple of things they were doing. Mind that, there were plenty of people that were very nice and behaved polite and professional as well.
During the week, there were several opportunities to talk with the acts at different press conferences before/after the dress rehearsals. Since Jenevia and I were the only ones from our outlet, we had to do all the work by ourselves. Jenevia was the one preparing for our interviews, made the research and came up with questions. Plus she was also the one editing our video footage. While I was the one recording the interviews, photographing during all the events that was happening during the weekend and I was also the one editing the pictures I took.
So, during the press conferences we made sure to be ready and set as soon it was our time to interview. Since it was just the two of us, we prioritised the five bigger acts that people were more excited over to see. Such as Samir & Viktor, Ace Wilder, Robin Bengtsson, Albin & Mattias and Mimi Werner. It was very nice talking to them, and they were so genuine and professional.
One thing I have to write about is Samir & Viktor. Maybe not about them, but how people were treating them, and with people I mean some of the press. When we were interviewing Samir & Viktor, they were very anxious about their English abilities. We were prepared and knew they weren’t as fluent in English as many people in Sweden might be. We made sure to tell them, it was fine and I would help them out to translate if they needed it.
(The lady in the picture has nothing to do with the unprofessionlism that was happening)
To wrap things up from the interviews, I decided to get some pictures of the acts posing for the camera. It was a bit harder than I though since the other press was everywhere swarming around the acts but as soon as the artists saw me, and after have asked them polite if I could take pictures, everything went fine.
More videos and pictures will be published during this upcoming week, so stay tuned for more updates!