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Eurovision 2018 🇵🇹 Second Semi Final press rehearsal live blog
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
The vocals are very low on this with the melody entirely overpowering it. It’s very dark too and although the focus is on the dance, this is very similar throughout
Song ends abruptly. Camera zooms to audience and then we go back to hosts.
The camera simply pans onto Benjamin moving from right to left…
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 In darkeness, Banjamin appears now wearing black leather. There is strove red lights behind him, which turn to white and then blue. He is very much centre stage and camera focuses on him and his dance moves which are very subtle until the beat of the melody increases
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 Sweden is now back to perform as there were problems so we have the review…
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Molovin takes to sit in front of a piano and fire emerges around him. A fire effect as the song reaches its crescendo. The song ends abruptly and camera pans to audience and then green room.
UKRAINE 🇺🇦 Our singer is on stage with a further four backing dancers as strobe lighting takes centre stage. Flash lighting now joins in and out singer dances choreographically to the music. The camera moves around the stage, walking towards front of stage as the music suddenly stops. They restart with flashing lights…
Apologies for the somehow incoherent review of the rehearsals but we have scuttled feed from the arena… last country to perform Ukraine!
SLOVENIA 🇸🇮 Our singer is on stage with a further four backing dancers as strobe lighting takes centre stage. Flash lighting now joins in and out singer dances choreographically to the music. The camera moves around the stage, walking towards front of stage as the music suddenly stops. They restart with flashing lights!
💡 We kinda lost the feed in the press area for the rest of Sweden and few moments of Montenegro. We are forced to move to Slovenia!
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 Benjamin appears on stage wearing a chequered suit which is overshadowed by the blue lighting. He is accompanied by four women dressed in white and they surround him.casually moving around him.
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 Technical issues again. We go to the green room. Now we return to Sweden…
LATVIA 🇱🇻 Laura is wearing a red dress and starts singing surrounded by red light. She is using much hand gesturing as the camera zooms out then in again. Some spotlights emerge and this adds focus to the stage performance. The song is constant as vocals flow well, not overshun by melody. Laura doesn’t move from her stage position, only doing so to take a few steps from right to left. Camera simply pans around stage and there is a disappearance of light at certain moments of the performance. It ends suddenly as camera pans to audience.
HUNGARY 🇭🇺 A dark stage with emergence of blue light. The drummer wearing a vest, the guitarist a t-shirt. The main singer is wearing some military style shirt and the song involves a lot of firework lighting and the singer running around the stage. Changes of colour on stage from blue to red and back to blue. The camera zooms out, panning the audience and focussing on the energy from the main singer. The guitarist appears front of stage to encourage audience participation as the singer runs around and the lighting fireworks emerge again and the group is surrounded by bursting lights. The stage dive a success again! The song concludes with a lighting show.
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MALTA 🇲🇹 Christabelle is on stage wearing balck and accompanied by two panels as the camera zooms in and out. Lighting alters from blue to red with fire emerging from the front of the stage. There is flashing light and strobe lighting throughout. Vocally a sound performance but only towards the end does a dancer appear to add some vibrancy to the song. Christabelle encourages the dancing and then positions herself centre too the stage once more to conclude the song.
POLAND 🇵🇱 We suddenly start with Poland as all members are on stage wearing black costumes including hats. The performance includes a dance midway and the song has a lot of hand gesturing throughout. The camera zooms in and out constantly, panning the stage to capture all performance members. The vocals are a little drowned by the melody and the main singer runs around the front of the stage to encourage audience participation. Camera panning is rather sudden as bursts of light emerge from front of stage. Song concludes suddenly.
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POLAND 🇵🇱 Technical issues once again… waiting for the act to start!
GEORGIA 🇬🇪 On stage lights come on and go off, then return to a shimmering blue. Our performers are on stage wearing tuxedo style suits. Each one surrounded by smoke. The light changes from blue to red. The camera pans 360 around the stage. Members move around the stage and take alternative positions. Camera zooms in and out, panning audience where possible. The vocals are constant but there seems to be a lot of monotony as the melody stays ambient. Some strobe lighting towards the end of the song and an image of a side musician. Song ends with camera zooming out towards audience.
AUSTRALIA 🇦🇺 Jessica appears on stage wearing a blue sequened dress. There is some moving lights behin dher as she moves on centre stage. The camera does gradual zoom in and our with some panning of audience. There is a lot of hand gestures from Jessica and vocally its strong, easily moving from low to high pitch with ease. There is minimal movement and Jessica stays in the centre of the stage. Towards the song, she breaks out in a dance and some lights erupt at the front of the stage, with this, Jessica proceeds to move around the stage but returns to her central position to conclude the song.
THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱 Waylon is on stage with four musicians, three with guitars and the other a drummer. Waylon is wearing a cowboy hat and a colourful jacket. The vocals are sound and match the melody, one of the musicians breaks into a dance. The camera zooms gradually in and out. None of them love from centre stage. Suddenly Waylon is placed in the centre as the others suround him and break into dance. The camera zooms out and then in to end the song and flashing lights throughout.
Darkness on stage. We have some technical issues and our hosts emerge. Brief interview with Australia. Now The Netherlands restarts.
MOLDOVA 🇲🇩 Flashes of light on sdtage and immediately the music starts as backing dancers proceed to open and close doors to a setup stage. Our singers emerge from each door and now the song begins. There is an interaction between both performers on front of stage and the setup behind them where doors are opened and closed. Vocally sound and matches the melody, this is upbeat throughout and has good chareographed moves between the performers. One wering black, another yellow and the last, red. These are then mirrored by three backing dancers wearing the same clothing as the song reaches its end. Camera stayed on stage throughout with panning of audience at the end.
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💡 A slight break as we are taken to one of our hosts. We now go to the green room. An interview is undertaken promoting the portuguese language as the host moves from one act to the other in the green room. Went to talk to San Marino but they were not at their respective table. We then return back to the main stage.
RUSSIA 🇷🇺 Rasmussen emerges on stage, clibing some stairs and begins to sing. The stage is in a total blue light. Suddenly some backing singers join Rasmussen on stage and camera pans the stage and there is minimal windswept effect throughout as all five people remain rooted to the centre of the stage. Camera zooms in and out and all five people sway from side to side. Rasmussen uses some hand gestures to show passion as the song reaches its conclusion and a flag is raised by on eof the backing singers. The song ends with the camera zooming into the audience.
DENMARK 🇩🇰 Rasmussen emerges on stage, clibing some stairs and begins to sing. The stage is in a total blue light. Suddenly some backing singers join Rasmussen on stage and camera pans the stage. There is minimal windswept effect throughout as all five people remain rooted to the centre of the stage. Camera zooms in and out and all five people sway from side to side. Rasmussen uses some hand gestures to show passion as the song reaches its conclusion and a flag is raised by on eof the backing singers. The song ends with the camera zooming into the audience.
SAN MARINO 🇸🇲 A dark stage erupts to flashing lights. Jessika is on stage and immediately starts singing, wearing a right red dress and surrounded by two backing dancers. There is a featured robot who mimics the dance moves of the three people on stage. Now Jenifer joins in, wearing another red costume, although this is more kimono style and the robot proceeds to lift a sign “Sometimes” and both singers continue performing. Jessika approaches the robot and they tough hands and then she moves away continuing to dance as lighting flashes. Camera pans the stage as the song reaches it’s conclusion.
SERBIA 🇷🇸 Sanja and Balkanika take to the stageas lighting erupts to the sound of the melody. Our female voice in on stage accompanied by two backing singers. Our male singer emergers from behind and proceeds to join in and form a little circle of four people. The camera pans towards the drummer and then zooms across the audience. The vocals are very notable here, with both vocals and melody flowing well together. Little movement on stage except the females move around the male, who remains rooted to the centre of the stage. The lighting is simply constant flashing and the song concludes gradually with the camera zooming out.
ROMANIA 🇷🇴 The Humans appear on stage, one female removing her mask and walking across the stage. The female singer, is joined by a male duo who encircle her as masks are removed. On stage the camera is solely docusses on the main singer with a zoom in and out effect across the audience and as the tempo escalates, the singer proceeds to move across the stage, passing by people to place herself next to two cello players. Again camera zooms in and out and the singer is wearing a flowing purple dress and there is a windswept effect as the song progresses. The ending is fairly sudden, with singer and backing people huddled together
The vioin returns and Aleksander performs a small dance with his backing dancers as the song ends casually. A sound performance with no faults of note
NORWAY 🇳🇴 The first song is Aleksander Rybak for Norway, the former 2009 Eurovision winner. He immediately appears on stage in a blue top mimikin instrument playing. Sitting on stage, he immediately rises to his feet as flashes of light emerge. The vocals are a little down on this, the melody being slightly louder. Aleksander is now joined by two dancers on stage and the camera rotates between this and the audience. The lighting is intermitent flashes as camera pans to zoom out and then immediately in.
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