Today we get to see the second rehearsals for this year’s automatic qualifiers which also brings an end to our daily reports. A preview will be posted for each of the live shows several hours prior. All other updates will be posted on Twitter.
The hosts were first to rehearse this morning. There are very few changes for Israel, just a few camera changes and more pyro for the close. This looks like a safe bottom-5 for the hosts.
France remains in first rehearsal form and is still ramming an equality message down viewers’ throats. It is most definitely a big improvement on the national final, but it’s too over the top in my opinion. Even so, Bilal gives a passionate and convincing performance. France will perform in the second half.
After a confusing first rehearsal Miki delivered the party tune we all knew he was capable of. The camerawork is more dynamic and perfectly captures the party vibe of La Venda. Spain now need a second half draw to maximise their potential… Spain got their wish and will perform from the second half and will likely close the show.
There are a few visual changes for Italy – all positive. However, there’s still lots of untapped potential here, which sort of sums up Italy’s approach to Eurovision; they always seem to undersell their entries. Mahmood continues his aloof anti-performance, but the backdrop visuals are more effective in narrating the pain of the lyrics. Soldi has its fans and it could still surprise on Saturday.
Michael is over-singing again, as well as giving diva looks to camera. Aside from the negatives, there’s a nice overhead shot of the circle of backing singers and floor LED graphics. The UK hasn’t made the progress of Italy and France, so it looks like they’ll be battling it out for last place with Israel and Germany. Talking about Germany, their performance hasn’t changed much either and is a rightful favourite for last place.