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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Euro Tickets on Sale As Party Zone Opens

Journalists knocked back sweet white wine, and a DJ played "Save Your Kisses for Me" as the Eurodom party zone opened at the Central Manezh Exhibition Center.

The Eurodom, or Euro House, will hold the opening and closing ceremonies as well as news conferences and parties held by each national delegation; although sadly, it's only open to those with Eurovision accreditation or invitations to events.

The compere, Dmitry Shepelev, promised Tuesday evening that Eurodom would make previous efforts look like "communal apartments." A curtain swung back to reveal a vast ground-floor area with disco balls and a 26-meter bar.

Upstairs, there are two further floors with bars, a food area and even a karaoke zone.

A DJ launched into a medley of Eurovision hits on a podium in the center, prompting a few brave souls -- mainly delegation members -- onto the dance floor. Among these were Lithuanian contestant Sasha Son in his trademark trilby.

Things got hotter later with a concert featuring previous Russian Eurovision entries Yulia Savicheva, Natalya Podolskaya and Mumiy Troll, as well as Ani Lorak, who represented Ukraine at Eurovision last year, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported.

Russia has a reputation for putting on the most lavish entertainment at international events. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, sportsmen and supporters flocked to the Russia House, which was called "the hottest party spot" by The New York Times.

For those who can't get in Eurodom, tickets are still available for both semifinals and the final, as they are being released gradually. It's possible to order tickets through Channel One's web site, eurovision.1tv.ru, or by phoning the hot line numbers: 363-6060 or 646-3463. Tickets are also being sold by ticket agencies. Cases have been reported of fake tickets being sold, so look out for the bar codes on the real ones.

Ticket prices start at 300 rubles for rehearsals of the semifinals and final, which have the same lineup and program as the televised shows but are held earlier in the day. Tickets for the semifinal start at 800 rubles and for the final at 1,000 rubles.

At the Eurodom opening, Channel One director Konstantin Ernst gave a news conference where he refused to reveal the names of presenters at the contest. He did rule out one possibility: Dita Von Teese, the burlesque star who will perform with Germany's entry on stage. Singer Alsou and chat show host Andrei Malakhov are among the other names mentioned as possible presenters.

Pop singer Filipp Kirkorov, who will head the Russian jury, also appeared on stage wearing a dramatic dragon-printed jacket. Ernst said he couldn't name the other jury members until the final so that they won't come under pressure.