It was the second rehearsal for this year’s automatic qualifiers today before things start getting real tomorrow.
I think it was dress down day for Portugal today. Vocals more secure and camerawork more effective during the songwriter reveal and outro.
The BBC have worked wonders with the camerawork for Storm. It’s such the shame the song is so forgettable, though. SuRie works the cameras well, which was always her main strength going from her national final performance. Regardless of the first-half/second-half draw, it will still be difficult to prevent a bottom -3 finish for the United Kingdom on Saturday.
New outfits for Spain with Alfred in an Airforce-Blue suit and black shoes with no socks (again!). Amaia’s dress looks like it was passed down from Montserrat Caballé and is most unflattering. We’re joking on the betting table that they should have staged this like Verona. The camerawork and interaction is much better, but Alfred always looks like he’s thinking more about how to walk than singing.
The weakness of Germany has been Micheal’s inability to land the opening note. He managed it for every one of today’s rehearsals. This is looking fantastic on camera in terms of its ability to connect on an emotional level. Germany back in the game and now a value contender in the ‘top big-5’ market, but slightly hampered by the first half draw.
France remains the same in style but with some slight alterations to start. Monsieur starts just behind Madame and doesn’t look at all weird or stalker-y. The presentation didn’t really work for me until the final run-through when smoke was added. I can appreciate the chic visual and musical appeal of Mercy, I just haven’t seen where the televote support comes from yet. This might be my blindspot this year, so I’ll be keeping France well green.
Italy really on for their worst result in years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them match Emma Marrone’s result from 2014 when she finished a lowly 21st. Nothing much more to add here.
The draws so far are: Portugal (slot 8), UK (1st half), Spain (1st half), Germany (1st half), France (1st half) & Italy (TBC).
That brings to a end our daily report of rehearsals. Coverage will now be on Twitter as prepare for tomorrow’s semi-1 jury rehearsal. Our semi-final 1 preview will be published on Tuesday.