November 13: review of second round of rehearsals
VALLETTA, MALTA – Off we go for the fourth day of rehearsals. Today the second group of eight countries will perform their songs in the second round of rehearsals. Through this post you can see gallery and videos of the performances. Remember you can vote for your favourite stars at www.oikotimes.com/vote.
BELARUS – NADEZHDA MISYAKOVA
Although performing first, Nadezhda is not feeling nervous at all and gives her own fairytale version in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The story of the falcon who transforms later on is a sweet example of how kids should dream their lives and Belarus has a creative presentation this year, not only in graphics by the organisers but they have a great singer, a beautiful face on camera and a really artistic stage presentation. That ancient slavic instrument really impressed me! Perfect vocals for Belarusian singer as well.
MALTA – FEDERICA FALZON
Sometimes I really wonder why Federica does the rehearsals. She seems ready for this competition already. Nevertheless practice is always practice. What is really impressive with Federica is that she combines the JESC idea of having a young kid on stage while she performs as song that even Andrea Boccelli would envy. I think this year Malta risked a lot with a combination which actually few can understand unfortunately. Maltese passion about organising the event in combination with a great performer on stage can lead them back to the victory! Polls agree with me and if it happens Malta would have done a miracle winning twice in a row.
SLOVENIA – ULA LOŽAR
With confidence and use of pyros, Slovenian representative is making a good impression amongst the press and media representatives. Descent song with great vocals I will be very intrigued to see how Slovenia will be ranked on Saturday night since the country has (somehow) a good running order of appearance.
SERBIA – EMILIJA DJONIN
Emilija makes her second rehearsal. The solo performance with the piano up to the bridge of the song and her stand up performance makes me ignore the song and just listening the brilliant voice coming out of her. Serbia has somehow made a miracle making an old fashioned song, impressive enough through Emilija’s voice. I am so so curious to see if the juries will appreciate this voice in the right way. Think though, we have almost 13 great voices this year in Junior Eurovision and I think at this point that polls and predictions can easily miss out from the diaspora of the voting.
SAN MARINO – THE PEPPERMINTS
With colourful skirts for each one: red (Anita), yellow (Raffy), pink (Greta), light blue (Arianna) and dark blue (Sara), The Peppermints are performing their song. Not bad vocals (not though the best ones) The Peppermints are doing a descent job on stage. This song cannot be appealing though on Saturday night, the only catch thing in their performance is the chorus. Well we will see what happens.
CROATIA – JOSIE
Josie is wearing a red dress with yellow accents and I noticed she is making a solo choreography with her hands and legs, but somehow is doesn’t look confident. Maybe she is nervous although in the backstage video seems very relaxed and having a great time decorating her dressing room. The song “Game Over” is sounding a bit pessimistic as a title to begin with. The melody tends to be a bit monotonous all those three minutes. I don’t see something here unfortunately.
MONTENEGRO – MAŠA & LEJLA
The two girls come to the centre of the stage from aside. Not impressed with the vocals, I expected an improvement. Having said that and considering already this song a very indifferent tune, I don’t think the country will do well in the final scoring. Pink and yellow skirts for the two girls. The backdrops are vague and don’t give a good impression in the camera (so far). Unfortunately this song doesn’t have good chances at all.
GEORGIA – LIZI POP
The Georgian song sounds like a sweet lullaby to me. It’s a nice songs kids will love. Like Belarus, Georgia can surprise us all out of nowhere it happened in the past. Lizi is a sweet girl and gives a confident performance on stage. The song though reminds me of Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” somehow. For me it’s a good, sweet performance for those who want to see pure kids in the show. But unfortunately this year cannot see them winning.