I like to think people build personal relationships with places. Different cities talk to me – I mean it figuratively of course – and I either really like them or not. Berlin is one of those places I’ve been extremely fond of since the beginning. Good things have happened to me in Berlin. Berlin is where I met Mika for the first time during the acoustic tour and the energetic gig in Berlin 2010 was one of my favorite Imaginarium tour gigs.

Maybe for that reason booking a trip to Berlin to see the Rose d’Or awards ceremony without even knowing if Mika will be there or not felt a good idea. I followed the first Casa Mika season closely doing several trips to Italy and knew that seeing this ceremony would have a special meaning for me as well. I was thrilled Mika was nominated and his hard work for the show that way acknowledged. I want the world to see him like I see him and I want him to get the recognition he deserves. Golden Rose is an established award festival and I remember seeing it on media since I was a kid.

I heard just before my trip that Mika was expected to be present at the event and it cheered me up after feeling sad for missing the Peugeot gig in Paris. Being sad for missing one gig may sound silly after seeing this many concerts during years but I couldn’t help it. It was the only gig this year and I tried hard but didn’t manage to get a ticket. Realizing there was a super special acoustic gig and I wasn’t welcome to see it made me irrationally sad. Silly, of course, and I thought a day in Berlin would make me feel better and it did.

I arrived Berlin on Tuesday morning and had a breakfast with Karin at a cafe near our hotel. I had read about this bike themed cafe and I wanted to visit it and the place served awesome gluten-free breakfast indeed. Ani joined us and we walked to Checkpoint Charlie to meet Kanni who lives just a couple of minutes from the place. How amazing someone can live like that in the middle of Berlin! The weather was beautiful and we walked around the museum Island and had coffee at the Bode Museum cafe just because the building is so glamorous. Then back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.

We arrived to the venue and the security told the nominees would go in first and the rest of the audience after that. However, if I wanted to take photos I was allowed to wait at the red carpet and I naturally did that. I couldn’t recognize any of the guests before Mika and turned out neither did anyone else so the girl working for the event showed a list of the most important people with their pictures and names.

The man in the pic above was the host of the evening. I took quite a few photos while waiting and guessed Mika would arrive last minute like he usually does. Finally he came and smiled and posed for cameras for a moment. He noticed me and started to chat while posing and was really sweet and that took my attention and I laughed later when realized that I don’t have any really good photos of the moment even he specially posed in front of me.

I joined the girls and we went in and had welcome drinks before going in to the auditorium to take seats for the official part. The schedule was nice and compact. First drinks, then announcing category winners and their short thank you speeches and after that food, drinks and chatting. I had a good seat next to the aisle and saw that Mika and his group were guided to the first row. He had Giulio Mazzoleni and some other people from his team and Rai 2 with him and the lady representing Rai 2 went on stage with him when the category winner was announced. Mika introduced her and thanked her for giving the opportunity (if interested what he said I uploaded a small mobile clip of his thank you speech on FB).

Casa Mika is a high quality entertainment production and I had assumed Mika will win his category and seeing him being guided to front very near the stage gave me even more hope. Of course it was possible they only wanted to be polite to their international guest and to give more space for his long legs so I hold my breath a bit when the winner was announced and was relieved to hear his name. Afterwards all the winners gathered together for photos and I thought Mika looked genuinely pleased and almost shined holding the award in his hands. People congratulated the winners and we could have a little chat with him and tell how happy and proud we felt for him. Everyone was probably a bit overwhelmed in the middle of the crowd but it was a lovely and cheerful short moment, see our group pic here.

After that interviews and maybe a private celebration for Mika and his team and food, wines and relaxed chatting for us. See “our team” below. I’m the one on the left and next to me Karin, Ani and Kanni. I added a couple of pics from my mobile in the end as I rarely have my photos taken, the first one was taken by Kanni before the red carpet and the second one by Ani after the event. Thanks ladies for your company! It was a pleasure to visit Berlin, hope to do it soon again! X

 

Watching Mika winning the Rose d’Or Awards Entertainment category and getting his award in Berlin last night was touching and made me so incredibly happy for him. It’s good to see him getting official recognition, so genuinely and well deserved. I asked the ceremony organizers if I could take a few pics for my blog and they were super nice and told sure, it’s okay, and I took my camera with me. I’m not much of the photographer so I stayed a bit side not to disturb anyone. Mika saw me at the red carpet though, looked surprised and smiled directly in front of me telling “one for you!” and I quickly used the opportunity to take a pic. The ceremony was nicely organized and we had a possibility to congratulate him after the official part. A report to follow as soon as back home. X

The gig at Theaterfabrik in Munich last night was one of those small, happy Mika shows you never want to end. The atmosphere was hot (literally) and the audience bouncing and both Mika and the band were totally on fire. Even though the venue was not either fancy or stylish it was small, low and intimate and made him (and all of us) sweat so much he had to change his shirt to be able to continue. His voice was a bit tired but he was in a great mood chatting, joking and giving his attention to the crowd and the audience was dancing, jumping, singing and waving glowing hearts during Stardust, Origin, Happy Ending and Underwater. 1000 (the venue capacity) glowing hearts were prepared by the German fans and finished by our whole international fan group during the queueing. The hearts looked actually quite impressive and fit the theme so well, Mika seemed to love them and thanked for them several times.

The best part of show were all the high-energy songs (Relax, Rain, Love Today, Drunk, Celebrate and WAG) and especially Origin with the hearts but also Popular with the the fantastic Munich polkadot choir (at least Marion, Tina, Bubbles, Ruth and her husband were in) and Toy Boy added in the end. He did Toy Boy with Max like he did day before in Vienna probably because he haven’t performed it lately and can’t remember the lyrics but Max is somehow so tiny and cute and fits there perfectly.

After the show he said thanks and talked about a few songs he is going to add to the show in the future and was generally very sweet so the MFC group was first saying aww and then collectively awwwww and left home happily smiling (probably also smelling because it was such an incredibly hot night). This was my favorite gig from the tour so far but I’m not sure when I can write a proper review and I don’t have many pics or vids to share (our dancing and the heart waving project took all my attention and I wanted to just enjoy the show). Anyway, I have a lot to tell about the Vienna show in my next post and you can watch Toy Boy from Munich (with some chatting about the US election) below.

I travelled to see some shows in Germany (March 2010) and I was so pleased I decided to do it, I really enjoyed the trip. I loved it how everything was so easy. Germans are not too emotional and even a little bit distant. They are fair and straightforward and never make things unnecessarily complicated. I was happy too see only very little tension between fans, queueing was great fun and it was good to meet familiar people both from Germany and from some other countries as well.

I was really tired in Dusseldorf (after Scandinavia during the same week), and I must have looked like a zombie, but the gig was good and I enjoyed it a lot. I felt much better in Hamburg. We spent a relaxed day (as a group of fans) walking near Reeperbahn waiting for the gig (the pic above is taken at Grosse Freiheit near the venue) and even though Mika seemed to be a bit tired during the show he did well and I really started to look forward Berlin, which truly was fantastic, indeed. I loved it as I loved the Berlin gig during the Acoustic Tour, too.

The video below is from Berlin. Taking off his shirt in the end of the gig is a gesture. It’s a sign to the audience saying “you were great, this was fun/I have danced a lot and it’s so hot here”. He is having fun and he takes his shirt off letting all the excited girls and boys scream a bit. I don’t mind if he does it or not, but I really love the contrast in him. He can look so shy and quiet and suddenly so totally self-confident. He takes his shirt off knowing he looks more than gorgeous and still continues dancing his school boy dancing style, that’s simply sweet and charming and makes him special and interesting. Sometimes he does the whole gig shirtless if it suits the style (like at club gigs), and sometimes he touches his shirt but doesn’t take it off, and it always makes me smile because I imagine his mother giving him signs from the backstage. Noooooo Mika. It’s too cold and drafty.

My videos from Philipshalle, Dusseldorf/ Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg/ Huxley’s, Berlin are here.

  

The Berlin gig 2009 was a mind-blowing experience for me. It’s difficult to explain, because first of all, the sound was not so good as I had expected. It’s not just my videos, there was something wrong with the sound for real.

Secondly, it was the first gig of the tour so Mika was not totally relaxed in the beginning, not the same way on fire he was at the legendary Franco Parenti gig just a few days later. But I really, really enjoyed this Berlin gig, like I enjoyed the Berlin gig 2010 as well. Berlin and me, we seem to fit well together.

I took four videos at Passionskirche, you can find them here (I have just added Grace Kelly, found it from my video archives). This version of Love Today is still one of my personal favorites.