Azerbaijan kicks off this faster paced run of second rehearsals and Aisel appears more confident performing X My Heart. The staging is more sparkly and the camera angles have improved during the middle-eight and outro. What is Azerbaijan’s gain could seemingly be Finland’s loss.
With Iceland stuck in traffic, Albania were advanced to second in today’s running order. Eugent continues to standout with his fine vocal and authentic performance. There are some subtle low-level swooping camera angle changes that capture Eugent at his smiley best. The bass guitarist also starts on the satellite stage, but this change is barely noticeable. During the last run through, it seemed as if more strobing was added to the outro climax.
As mentioned above, Iceland were caught in a car crash this morning. There are no noticeable changes to either their staging or their chances of qualification.
Sennek now performs A Matter Of Time entirely from the satellite stage. The focus on the Sennek’s eyes at the start has altered and now sees Sennek covering her eyes with her hand. There is slightly more interaction with the camera, but there’s still something very distancing and vote-demotivating about the performance for Belgium.
Mikolas isn’t exactly fighting fight for Czech Republic, but he was at least pushing through the pain barrier to make the most of today’s rehearsal slot. After a few false starts, he settled into the new choreography-light routine. By the final run through Mikolas’ charisma and voteable personality was coming through and looks a more worthy contender now. FYI, one of his dancers is taking final exams today, so wasn’t present.
After a lovely KFC lunch, Ieva performed next for Lithuania. They’ve managed to soften the impact of the overlays, so the presentation is much more watchable. The only negative, in my view, is the pink hygge garb which looks like a £5 charity shop purchase. Admittedly, it gives her a girl next door appeal, but it looks awful when she walks over to the bridge. The final line of the song is now in english.
Israel have added coloured lighting to the cat cabinets. Other than that, nothing has changed beyond the camerawork and choreography looking much slicker on TV. The production and fun factor has really come together and is enhanced with a bubble machine during the outro.
is unchanged. It’s a crazy 3-minutes that appeals to some folk in that part of the world. Could be close.
Elina was off key during the first run-through but pulled it together for the remaining rehearsals, though she continues to miss her arpeggios. This still feels like a ‘look at our lovely projection’, rather than a solid contender for the victory. Elina also appear more human since her Sunday appearance. Estonia should be through ok.
One country went backwards today: the Common Framework just look in pain during every verse. Trey is breathy and off key during his first part and every other member of Equinox lack a sense of purpose and barely look at the camera. Then there’s the Sacha effect which sees distracting and unnecessary movements and camera effects. Zhana continues to look like an evil nun from a horror film. The whole performance is dreadful – there really is no way to put a positive spin on it. Bulgaria in a dangerous spot here.
Check this beauty from Tobbe Ek. I had no prior knowledge of this question. Honest.
Correction, FYRoM have also gone backwards. The sound levels seem off to me and it’s probably a technical glitch someone has yet to notice. Even worse, Marija now removes her tunic to reveal a skimpy, chainmail top which basically says ‘here are my boobs’. It’s not good.
Croatia and Austria seemingly have a crucial deciding factor in this semi; either one makes it or neither gets through. But both are very good making Bulgaria look and sound even worse. Both are very similar to first rehearsal with maybe Austria taking small steps forward. There’s still a massive charisma deficit for Cesár, though Nobody But You needs the juries to love it.
Next up Yianna Terzi was slightly off key for most of her rehearsals today. This improved for the final run through when the combination of smoke and wind added to the mood. Greece are 8th-12th in the reckoning here.
Last up was everyone’s favourite, Saara Aalto. The production feels a little slicker, but there’s still a sense of desperation etched on Saara’s face. And what looks really great today will be totally different when Cyprus comes along just four songs later. At one point this year people were talking up Finland as potential winners, now qualifying is seen as the main benchmark.