Since 1962, every year the country has been looking forward to New Year’s Eve for many reasons, and among them, of course, in a prominent place was the desire to see the Blue Light. At first, television was generally entertainment, far from accessible to everyone, there were only two broadcast channels, and people didn’t indulge in frequent concerts, good movies and cartoons.
Therefore, programs like Ogonyok … were for people one of the few ways to get news about the cultural sphere of the country, details of the personal and creative life of pop stars and movies. In short, the New Year turned into the brightest and most significant media event of those years.
Although, of course, in the spirit of that time, it was not only an entertaining, but also a report-ideological program, with obligatory speeches of the best workers of the production, party functionaries and others.
Years passed, and the prototype of the first talk show on the air became increasingly free in spirit, began to include a kind of summing up over the year in popular music, art and cinema, bold humorous numbers.
The script began to consist not only of performances by type of concert, but also of informal communication with the participants, their staged congratulations to the country. The scenery became more and more expensive and bright, and the festive atmosphere was emphasized by the explosions of clappers, swirling tinsel and serpentine.
During Perestroika and in the 90s, the television was searching for other formats of New Year’s live entertainment for the people, but in 1997 the Blue Light was revived, adding a toponym on Shabolovka to its name. Such a Soviet and Russian pop star, Alla Pugacheva, took him under his personal patronage, and since those issues the programs have been released annually with enviable regularity.
Very soon, in just a few months, preparations will begin for the traditional shooting of the next Blue Light.
And here it should be noted that since its revival 12 years ago, every year the grumbling of the public intensified, that the main New Year’s program of the country was occupied by monopolists, such as mastodons like Prima Donna and all members of her family, as well as performers close to her, Nikolai Basque and all persons supported by the Meladze brand.
In fact, the show turned into their benefit performance, a story about them and, sadly enough, for them, because the people have long become boring and have ceased to make at least some impression.
No, of course, no one even thinks to detract from the talent of these stars, but too much they barred all the screen horizons, and if in the 90s an inexperienced viewer quite enthusiastically accepted all this, now it requires completely different …
Therefore, in recent years, a new tradition has appeared to allow people to choose for themselves who they want to see on the Blue Flame. True, the list of nominees is made by the producers of the show themselves, and the voting is carried out at all in Odnoklassniki – social networks, which, as usual, are a platform for the older generation and do not take into account the interests of the young at all.
But, compared with the dominance of pop mafia, as they called this phenomenon among the masses, this is already a breath of fresh air, which made the program much more lively and more interesting for the viewer.
Another interesting know-how was the invitation to record the program of extras from ordinary citizens who managed to submit applications on time, and their profiles were selected and approved by the party organizers.
If you want to take part in all this, it is better to start tracking news on the topic already from the end of summer – beginning of autumn, both on the sites related to the event and on thematic groups in social networks.
Of course, many people here are trying to try their luck not only because of a purely symbolic payment for participating in the shooting and being able to stay close to their idols, but also to light up on the screen, wave, and if they are lucky, congratulate their relatives on a television program – just like mom Uncle Feodor from Prostokvashino.
Filming will traditionally take place at Mosfilm, the appropriate dress code is required, a sufficient amount of free time, as well as full adherence to instructions from the instructors of extras.
By the way, if you could not get through to the studio itself, you can try to get to the camera in another place – on the skating rink on Red Square. Where, as usual, are made mini-inclusion in the festive broadcast. True, during the filming and there the number of entrance tickets to the event is limited and they are distributed, by analogy, through certain channels.
As usual, it is much easier to get the cherished right to light up on the screen from the rink, if you actively participate in the life of the city, in discussing initiatives for its improvement and are not indifferent to violations (there is a special system of enrollment for all this points), you are an employee of the city hall and other related institutions – part of the tickets they necessarily stand out. Or have time to buy a ticket on the free market.
As for the celebration program itself, most likely, they will try again, besides the old guard, to diversify the performances of the now popular performers and groups. So, it is worthwhile to wait for the start of voting for the participants and by nationwide efforts to try to influence the casting.
According to rumors, the humorous component of the show should become richer – besides the traditional endemics of the Curved Mirror and Full House, there would have to be Comedy Show stars. As always, the personalities of the couple leading to the very moment of the start of filming remain a mystery to the general public, but here, in theory, it is also worth waiting for fresh faces.
As for the rest, as always, there will be a lot of fun, bubbles of champagne, confetti and Bengal lights, as well as an incendiary entertainment program and the ballroom toilets and fancy dresses in their exquisite elegance. Well, it seems that this is a wonderful and sufficient reason to wait with particular impatience for the Blue Light of 2019!