Just the second rehearsals for this year’s automatic qualifiers today. Later the betting table will disband to Euroclub for a few beers with the artists.
Frans was up first today and the TV footage is gradually getting closer to his Melfest final winning performance. He retains his white t-shirt/suede jacket look and even gave a few of his customary nervous smiles. Sweden will be in the mix next Saturday!
Amir hasn’t improved his vocal from the other day, in fact he was probably worse. Maybe Amir isn’t a morning person. The only change for France seems to be the camera angles, where Amir seems to ignore the TV cameras in favour of engaging the arena crowd. It’s a naive mistake and so typical of the French delegation.
Barei is still trying to be this year’s Ann Sophie. Her overconfident strutting and gesturing is totally non-voteable. The vocals have improved, but the backing singers still let the performance down during the “Say Yays.” Despite being one of only a few upbeat songs in the final, I can’t see Spain finishing top-15, in fact bottom-5 is more likely.
Jamie-Lee and her backing singers are on better form today, though the staging remains flat and lifeless. Jamie-Lee’s ridiculous costume is still the main drawback and will divide opinion, in addition to attracting a joke or two from Graham Norton. Not good for Germany given they had a great radio song to work with.
Francesca now wears a black, damask-patterned see-through top with matching trousers. Otherwise Italy is as before. Making a good case for top-10 and vying for top big-5.
Joe & Jake are in black leather jackets. The camera angles have improved from the other day and this is looking like the best staged UK entry for many years. The pyros really elevate the climax. How it’ll do is anyone’s guess. However, as I said the other day, it’s up there with Italy for top big-5 country (40/1 was available).
This brings us to the end of my daily in-depth commentary. I’ll be covering tomorrow’s dress rehearsals on twitter and publishing my 10 semi-final 1 qualifiers on Tuesday and so on for semi 2 and the grand final.
— ESCtips.com (@ESCtips_Gavster) May 8, 2016