Today we are kicking off the second round of rehearsals with the first semifinal countries on Malmoe Arena stage. The entire thing will kick off at 12:00 CET and we will also cover the press conferences live and in text on oikotimes.com on on oikotimes web TV here. Let’s see in this post how’s Slovenia, Estonia and Austria doing today.

SLOVENIA – HANNA MANCINI – STRAIGHT INTO LOVE
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Blue stage, white strobs and three backing dancers and Slovenia kick off the rehearsals today. Hannah Mancini is perfect in performing today and gives a very powerful performance although some notes are missed especially at the end of the song. Overall Slovenia gives a very good professional presentation today and I would love to see it in the final. Nevertheless the rehearsals are avergae especially in the third attempt. Hannah needs to be more confident!

ESTONIA – BIRGIT ÕIGEMEEL – ET UUS SAAKS ALGUSE
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You can not really understand what color is the stage but it seems a bit minimalistic. There are some problems with the sound but in the overall Birgit is giving a very sweet and harnonic performance. Maybe wrong choice of a white dress but the powerful performance remains. I am almost sure we will see Estonia in the final. The backing vocals inside the arena sound very good with Birgit’s voice in the front. Wise choise for male backing singers.

AUSTRIA – NATÁLIA KELLY – SHINE
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It is very simple presentation and the singer is giving a very confident performance today. Natalia Kelly is proudly singing Shine for Austria and she is on the center of the stage looking great how the camera work is done. The backing vocals are also helping the song to be boosted. Would be great to see it in the final although unfortunately it’s not a memorable song for the viewers. Could do well in the juries though! You never know with Eurovision, right?

CROATIA – KLAPA s MORA – MIŽERIJA
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The vocal performance of the Croatian group Klapa s Mora is simply amazing in the arena, although the song is totally indifferent. The camera work seems also amazing and there is powerful sentiment in and around the stage. Hmm can they surprise us and make it to the final? Still doubting…

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