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The first technical rehearsals for Big 5 and the organizing country opens Israel, with Kobi Marimi and the song “Home”. In the first round, because of a technical problem at the press center, there was no picture but he was very vocal. In the second rehearsal, Kobi is alone in the center of the stage wearing a black suit. In the middle of the song 5 people appear in the vocals. In the last chorus, the stairs rise to the side of the stage and head towards the center of the catwalk. On the screens we see the face of Kobi and the lighting is quite dark in black and white. The stage presence is quite simple as the song requires. Voice was good in general, although he did not make the last high crown in any round of rehearsals. At the last rehearsal, the well-known rain of fireworks was added to the last chorus, where the audience impressed the press center with strong applause.
ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS: He sounds amazing, I would dare to say like in the studio. However, the staging is underwhelming.
EUROVOIX.COM REPORTS: Naturally this performance gets a big applause from the home crowd in the Press Centre.
EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS: The work of Israel is very much gaining live – the stage is kept in very dark colors, the LED screens are not used here in principle. Camera shots very beneficial. The whole is definitely a plus.
Getting started we have a shot on his face. Moving forward the plan shows him whole. He wears a white jacket that leaves his belly uncovered and white trousers. At the end, the jacket has silver rhinestones. She wears a long blond wig up to the waist. As he sings behind, he portrays golden and white lines that form something like a door. To his left appears a plump dancer with white ballet clothes that makes pirouettes around herself. At the same time, the background shows the same as in an old movie. Then the dancer leaves and a brunette appears, who also wears white clothes. He makes similar pirouettes and leaves. Then they both appear and frame Bilal in the center of the stage. At the end, all three joined their hands behind Bilal’s head. In the second rehearsal, the projector falls on his face making various shapes. It shows him crying and beating. The same again with the dancers. At the end, the phrase “We are all kings” is changed to “We are all queens”. Bilal’s vocals are very good.
ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS: Bilal is not accurate all of the time vocally but sounds fair throughout most of the performance.
EUROVOIX.COM REPORTS: The revamped version of “Roi” is in a lower key and features more bass
EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS: The French pulled out of the show as much as they could – it is modern, the performance catches the eye, just like the white creation of the vocalist.
On the stage there is a large structure with 6 large squares with stairs and several other objects as if they were small rooms. Miki accompanies two men and two female dancers. The colors on the stage are intense and colorful and the whole sense of stage presence is a frantic party. In the middle of the show, a large puppet, directed by a person, appears. This great bright doll, with the use of the camera, seems to steer the gradient of the great construction. Finally, a dancer holding a GoPro pulls the world, which will appear live on the big screen of the stage. For many, the stage presence is quite loaded, but this can easily be changed by better use of mattresses.
ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS: Miki looks amazing and sounds good, the colorfulness is created joy, but the robot is superfluous in my opinion.
EUROVOIX.COM REPORTS: Another energetic run through from Spain
EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS: On the stage, we can see the most colorful visuals this year – something between fireworks and paint stains in all the colors of the rainbow. Vocal … somehow strange. Maybe it’s a matter of unfinished acoustics?
Mahmood appears with a colorful shirt and inside wears turtleneck. Together with him there are 3 dancers, one with a white jacket and two black outfits. Originally in the background, his face looks cracked like glass, and phrases appear in English. During the song, children, babies, shadows, etc. are shown in the background. The dancers are mostly on one side. Finally, in the background and floor, money is burned so they are related to the title of the song. In the end it ends up with a red circle both in the background and on the floor. At the same time, the message “Money can not buy your love” appears. The show is colorful. Voices were dispatching. In the 2nd rehearsal, the dancers changed clothes and they all wear the same ones: black trousers and a t-shirt and top silver shiny jackets.
ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS: It’s a strong message that can speak to a lot of people, but how will European react to Urban trap?
EUROVOIX.COM REPORTS: The Press Centre did every clap in perfect sync
EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS: Mahmood’s vocal support is probably supported by two men who are invisible on stage. In the press center, the first approach was applauded.
The second seems more certain, Italy sounds definitely better vocally. Unfortunately, the bookmakers are ruthless, at present Italy is losing the chance to win and they are in fifth place (previously it was fourth / third).
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧
In his first rehearsal we see smoke on stage but due to technical problems he fails to complete it. He is alone on stage and at the beginning the scene is quite dark. The vocals come to the scene at the end of the show in white, where with bright lights and fireworks create a very nice TV picture. Voice is very good in all rounds and gets great applause.
ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS: I would sadly say it is one of the most ineffective stages we saw this year.
EUROVOIX.COM REPORTS: Michael and his backing singers finish their performance above a circle of energy on the floor
EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS: On the stage of Michael Rice he supports a five-member choir – dynamic visualizations, depict … something like a sky. It’s just that it’s colored
The presentation starts simply. They are both at the edges of the scene, right and left. The blonde wears black leather trousers and black brunette black. The screens show a close shot of each one singing. Then they are directed towards each other and meet in the center of the stage. “Sorry” appears on the screens. In background there are photos from around the world with sisters, as is the title of their song. Voices are not very strong. Nothing reminds of their appearance in the national final of Germany.
ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS: There are some things to work on regarding the camera work, the staging seems to be not tight enough.
EUROVOIX.COM REPORTS: Carlotta and Laurita’s faces appear on the background as they sing in the first verse.
EUROWIZJA.ORG REPORTS: Vocalally average. Towards the end of the show there are quite tacky visualizations with pictures of women, implicitly sisters.