Today is the shortest day of rehearsals before tonight’s red carpet event. It’s the one time us gamblers visit Euroclub and indulge in a few beers and dance the night away to trashy Eurovision classics. From tomorrow the schedule gets serious as we view multiple dress rehearsals before Tuesday’s first live show.
This will be the last daily review and our coverage will now focus on semi-final and final predictions. All other updates will be on Twitter.
O.Torvald are in similar form to first rehearsal. Time is competent if not rather anonymous despite the rock USP. The floor LEDs now form a body under the head during the final shots. Ukraine doing the bare minimum here.
Francesco has been partying at Euroclub for 3-days straight judging by the bags under his eyes. Nevertheless, with one smile he lit up the whole of Kyiv. It’s the only song the press centre falls quiet for. Francesco just oozes charisma, and where every other act is choreographed to the nth-degree, Gabbani just lets loose and even has the confidence to improvise in each run through. He now performs a manikin challenge during the middle-eight as the gorilla bops away. I can’t see anything else coming close to Italy this year regardless of the first half draw.
Manel was sounding horse this morning. The staging remains the same, but vocals sound much worse. Not much to add other than Spain will struggle to avoid last place, even from the second half. Likewise, Germany could suffer the same fate given the lack of interest in the press centre. Even more pyros are deployed to add life to this lifeless piece of shopping centre musac.
Lucie started well below par this morning, but her vocals soon warmed up. This is probably the best UK package since Jade Ewan finished 5th in 2009, but the UK is sailing in very different waters nowadays and I don’t see the televote being quite so enthusiastic when there are one or two better ballads to choose from. The juries could have it their top-10, though.
France retain their Google Maps staging, which switches to flying apartment blocks before settling in Paris. Such is the lack of impact and relevant narrative, France has guaranteed themselves a ‘filler slot’ in the final.
That’s it from us, we’ll be back for tomorrow’s dress rehearsal and jury rehearsal for semi-final 1. Keep an eye on Twitter for draw updates.