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Eurovision 2018 🇵🇹 The May 04 second round of rehearsals live update plus the first round for the finalists
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🇫🇷 FRANCE – We start with a black background& smoke on the ground. Jean Karl is playing his guitar as Émilie begins to sing. The camera pans around her. We then see flashing lights that pan out. Émilie then walks down the bridge& the camera follows her.
🇮🇹 ITALY – A song about terrorism and the fight against it, against the fear attempted to be created. Towards the end of the song the 2 singers walk away from each other in opposite directions, both standing on the 2 bridges in opposite sides. This is then followed by a nice instrumental. Two great singers with powerful voices in a red set of lights, stage.
🌟 NORDIC PARTY 🌟
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BIG 5 & HOST COUNTRY RANKINGS IN THE BETTING ODDS
FRANCE 🇫🇷 04th
ITALY 🇮🇹 09th
SPAIN 🇪🇸 13th
GERMANY 🇩🇪 15th
PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 21st
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧 24th
🇩🇪 Watch the German rehearsal footage ➡️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwrPpjGyDhQ
🇩🇪 The staging has been changed with handwritten writing in the background. We then see a series of old photos. Michael struggled in the chorus, accidentally singing too soon. At the end of the song Michael puts out his arms. The background behind then copies this, showing giant arms that flash in black& white.
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💡 In this first round of BIG 5 and Host Country there will be (as we did in thee first four day) presentation of the ideas on stage and no real review
🇬🇧 UNITED KINGDOM – SuRie seems to use something similar like Finnish troops with diamond shapes. She wears a futuristic dress and there is a use of pyros. Surie delivers a performance full of energy. She walks around and looks like she really wants to be there.
🇨🇭 Time for thee first interview of the day: Enjoy Zibbz ➡️ https://wp.me/p2TaQz-ho9
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
🇨🇾 Cyprus in the top five of the booking odds for the trophy!!!
PORTUGAL 🇵🇹 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Vocally it sounds quite ok but the early draw position (Portugal will perform as #8 in the final) – could harm the chances for a good result.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The vocals are good. When Claudia sings you she seems like she’s in pain which reflects the feeling of loss in the lyrics, but I do find this song quite dull. It’s nothing compared to their song last year& I think this could struggle in the final.
ESCXTRA.COM: Claudia’s vocals are absolutely stunning, with her unique vocal tone and overwhelming emotion. Isaura provides support where needed but does in no way overshadow Claudia’s delivery.
EUROVOIX.COM: Portugal brings a strong rehearsal, no changes in their performance.
🇵🇹 PORTUGAL – The host country is conducting its first rehearsal. Cláudia Pascoal has a perfect imperfect voice (this is what her composer said, not us). You love this song because it’s unique and comes from the soul. Yes, Portugal will not win again but this is a song which will make all Portuguese proud for hosting the contest for the first time in their history. Congratulations / Obrigado Portugal and thank you for the wonderful hosing so far.
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RTP is trying today to bring some press conferences on time, but still they failed to have them live and allow us all to enjoy it via the web. Well at least the uploading of the recorded footage is faster today – it seems someone alerted them
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⏱ Time for the BIG 5 and Host Country to have their first rehearsal round – stay tuned
DENMARK 🇩🇰 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Solid rehearsal for Rasmussen in the first run already, it sounds and looks well on screen, however it all feels a bit forced to me.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: I think this will qualify& will appear about half way in the final.
ESCXTRA.COM: Rasmussen’s vocals can’t be faulted and he works in perfect harmony with the backing vocals.
EUROVOIX.COM: The vocals and levelling in the microphones has improved greatly over the three takes. His vocals are a lot stronger and match the power of the song.
🇩🇰 DENMARK – Rasmussen has the ability of presenting a sweet version of a barbaric story: the Vikings. It becomes interesting to see how ethnic works in the nordic countries. All of the performance use a subtle choreography, which again I feel works well but the vocals needs to be slightly improved, maybe they re saving their voices. I am not sure how this song will qualify but I wouldn’t be surprised if it does. The snow effect is not exactly working yet well for Rasmussen but that’s just a detail.
🇵🇱 POLAND – TVP just confirmed participation in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
SAN MARINO 🇸🇲 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: The vocals are not on point everywhere, especially in the last chorus. Apart from that, San Marino are doing their best to make us laugh again with the texts on the cards the robots heard – now ‘this is just a rehearsal’ and ‘justice for valentina’. What else will we get?
ESCBUBBLE.COM: For me the staging is quite cheap& feels quite amateur. I don’t think this will qualify.
ESCXTRA.COM: A competent vocal performance by both artists upon the stage for San Marino today.
EUROVOIX.COM: This seems to be a harder routine for the producers to get ready. Once again a few of the ‘robot chorus’ were a little static or moved in the wrong places, this will need to be polished before the live shows in order to make the final performance as slick as possible.
🇸🇲 San Marino – Jessika and Jennifer are doing their acts and the funny part with the robots will surely attract the viewers attention mostly causing the most laughs on the night of the second semi final. I can hardly see how someone will vote for this song
SERBIA 🇷🇸 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Vocally it sounds flawless, apart from some timing issues in the first run but that may have been a sound issue as is not unusual today, so expecting to have that improved in further rounds.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: This is a good quality song with good vocals. I think this will qualify, but I don’t think it’ll go far in the final as I think there’s better songs out there.
ESCXTRA.COM: All of the Serbian performers are sounding great, Danica sounds either more restrained with her vocals today… or the sound levels may have been altered. Nevertheless, this still sounds very effective.
EUROVOIX.COM: All vocalists have remained strong for all three takes. This is probably the most on point and focused delegation of the day so far.
🇷🇸 SERBIA – Unlike the ethnic song of Greece, the ethnic song off Serbia is maybe too much for the audience. The vocals performance is great but this sever standing still appearance not the group with no story telling cannot appeal (at least to me)
ROMANIA 🇷🇴 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: As before, better camera during the theatrical parts. Interesting because not what you would expect from a rock song staging.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Overall I think this is quite a good song and as it’s in Semi Final 2 I can see it qualifying.
ESCXTRA.COM: The vocals are absolutely perfect from Romania. There’s not a single way that I can fault this.
EUROVOIX.COM: The backing dancers are incredibly in sync with their moves.
🇷🇴 ROMANIA – One of the best theatrical and vocal performances and Romania can qualify despite the odds and poll predictions.
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🇳🇴 Norway is topping the second semi final odds, second in the overall win Eurovision 2018 odds and now second in the Europrediction poll ➡️ http://www.oikotimes.com/vote
NORWAY 🇳🇴 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Betting markets have Alexander Rybak second favourite for the win. To me the package looks more competitive in the context of junior eurovision.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Vocally, and despite the in ear issues, he is very solid, and I’m thinking this is the song to beat in this Semi Final, despite being drawn 1st.
ESCXTRA.COM: You already know that Alexander Rybak has delivered an extremely competent and composed vocal performance! Nothing unexpected here!
EUROVOIX.COM: He does seem to be struggling in the chorus and relying on the backing singers quite a bit. The lighting does work well for the performance and give a nice relaxing opening.
🇳🇴 NORWAY – Rybak seems to have realised what you need to win Eurovision again and take the fame of the modern Johnny Logan. He is back with his violin but with something totally different than his 2009 entry. The song is not the best tune of the contest this year but it has the disco element and the underdog brainwash gimmick which can make you vote for it without you actually realise it. Alexander wearing an electric blue jacket, black button up shirt and black trousers, however halfway he removes the jacket and gives a professional performance despite the initial sound problems – after all it’s a rehearsal! I think this entry might surprise us all and if you close your eyes you can easily see it closing thee show of the Grand Final with the closing tittles scrolling in the end of the show. Somehow he might bring the trophy back to the s0-much-expensive, Norway
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We have no concluded with the second run of the first semi final participants’ rehearsals. Five more countries will rehearse from the second semi final and then wee have the first run of the BGI 5 & host country – stay tuned!
💶 Cyprus is now 2nd in the first semi final odds!
🇳🇱 The Netherlands: OG3NE announced as the Dutch spokespersons
CYPRUS 🇨🇾 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: I like that there are not any props in use, apart from the visual ones where we have the fire circle that cannot be seen on stage.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The only downside I have with this is the imagery on screen – there’s animated red flames, which look really cheesy and cheap. Otherwise this is one of the strongest Cypriot entries in years and will sail through to the final in its current format.
ESCXTRA.COM: There’s is no other artist this year doing so much dancing and singing at the same time, but Eleni manages to keep the vocals solid for the majority of the performance while putting so much energy into her moves. It’s all very impressive. The backing vocalists give Eleni the support she needs and Fuego comes across competently as a vocal package.
EUROVOIX.COM: The opening is phenomenal and memorable. The on-screen graphics are quite mixed.
🇨🇾 CYPRUS – It is clear that Eleni is the only participant this year doing so much dancing and singing at the same time. She is simply excellent. The performance begins with Eleni in front of a blue tunnel effect that is created by lasers. This effect changes to red for the first verse, in which she is joined by her four backing dancers. No other entry this year performs choreography to this advanced level, and the effect of Eleni and her backing dancers performing this in sync is mesmerising. The betting odds predict Cyprus 3rd to qualify in the first semi final and also 7th to even win the Eurovision Song Contest. Amazing! Eurofans dream comes true!
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🇮🇪 The bad thing for Ireland is that next to present tis entry is Cyprus and we all know that the attention will be on Eleni for sure (no matter the result) #QueenF in da house!
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🎵 Watch ZiBBZ and Cesár Sampson in a joint mashup of their Eurovision entries ➡️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn-rDF8EAzE&t=52s
IRELAND 🇮🇪 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Improved lighting. As much as I’m not a fan of the dancing at least it looks professional.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: I think the mix of shots between Ryan and the dancers is also not optimised. Ryan doesn’t sell the song particularly well, as Melissa rightly points out, but in all honesty he doesn’t have much opportunity. It feels like he’s only actually on screen for about 45secs of the entire piece.
ESCXTRA.COM: Ryan actually sounded slightly out of tune for his first run through…he soon picked it back up slightly, but it wasn’t great. For his second run through, he sounds a lot better!
EUROVOIX.COM: Vocally he performed much better, and didn’t struggle with the chorus as much. This will struggle with both the televote and the jury and I can’t see it qualifying in this state, while being in between two much stronger songs.
🇮🇪 IRELAND – Ryan and his dancers are bringing a sweet re-creation of the video clip on stage. It is not a bad song but I am afraid it will not be appealing enough the audience and I will agree with thee betting odds which at this moment predict Ireland out of the Grand Final. But I have to admit that the performance and the vocals are not bad at all.
🇦🇹 In other news: “Operação Triunfo” vocal coach Kiko Periera will support Austria’s Cesar Sampson on stage at Eurovision 2018.
SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: Effective staging at the start and the middle eight. Movement on stage fine line between cool and sluggish. Good vocals despite in-ear issue in first run.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: I think the performance for this has been good. Full of energy and I really like how Corinne talks to the audience saying “If you’ve ever been hurt raise your hands” I think this would really engage the audience& it describes to the audience/people at home the message of the song.
ESCXTRA.COM: Really strong vocals from Corinne and her backing vocalists, no improvements needed here!
EUROVOIX.COM: Much stronger opening vocally. They both connect well when interacting with each other. The flare that is lit during the address to the crowd works really well. No faults can be made with this run, the staging works perfectly for the song.
🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND – One of the most underestimated entries this year is this of ZiBBZ. The two siblings from Switzerland have proven to be the party fellas we all all wanna join and they always party with their own music and even beatboxing. Swiss rehearsals is nice despite the obvious sound problems and the vocals are very good. This is a powerful performance and for me one of thee best entries of Switzerland in the recent years. The reason for making me believe that is that those two are musicians and they use music in all of their everyday life to express happiness, sadness and even open a discussion with you. I am definitely voting for them no matter what the betting odds say (and they don’t say the best for them)
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ARMENIA 🇦🇲 ON THE WEB
ESCKAZ.COM: There seem to be some sound issues in the first round as a few rods are missed. Otherwise Sevak sounds very well. There is however not much happening on stage.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The staging, lighting and choice of shots on this entry is spot on and this might actually surprise everyone with their Semi Final result.
ESCXTRA.COM: Absolutely pitch perfect. It is an incredible vocal performance by Sevak, which actually elevates the performance as much as is physically possible.
EUROVOIX.COM: Qualification isn’t completely unachievable, but it will be incredibly difficult due to the stronger songs surrounding it.
🇦🇲 ARMENIA – Sevak’s wearing a long thick cardigan and his vocal performance seems to leave everyone with open mouth. The camera work is exquisite and boosts this song which previously has been very much underestimated. Armenian entry this year is not doing well in the odds, despite been considered as a safe qualifier. Many doubt it will qualify but let’s not forget of course the Armenian diaspora in combination with a great vocal performance.
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🇰🇿 Viewers in Kazakhstan will once again be able to watch the contest live, as Khabar confirms it is broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
🇵🇹 Catarina Furtado one of the hosts of this years contest has revealed that Filomena Cautela will play the role of the Green Room host.
🌞 Bom Dia Europe, this is Lisbon calling. Today we have the rehearsal of the semi finalists alongside the BGI 5 and host country. Stay tuned and keep calm! Check and vote in Europrediction ➡️ http://www.oikotimes.com/vote. More than 27,000 unique votes already cast. Cyprus 🇨🇾 (first semi final) and Sweden 🇸🇪 (second semi final) lead the poll at the moment