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Eurovision 2018: Day 1 Review

It’s the first day of Eurovision 2018 rehearsals live from the Lisbon rabbit hutch that is this year’s press centre. One could say it’s cosy. Anyway, a barefoot Aisel starts the show for Azerbaijan dressed in a white negligee. The …

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Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 2 Preview

Semi-Final 2 might be lighter on talent compared to the first semi, but it’s just as hard to pick 10 qualifiers at this stage. Making it: Not only will national commentators talk about Alexander Rybak’s record-breaking victory in 2009, but …

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Eurovision 2018: Semi-Final 1 Preview

This year’s semi-final of death has been condensed into a first-half of armageddon. There are around eight songs of qualification quality, yet since 2009 only a maximum of five songs have ever progressed from the first half. The strength of …

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Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 2 Preview

If I give one of you an editor account, would you be able to write this article and pick 10-qualifiers for me? Wading through this swamp of mediocrity, I’m struggling to find 10 songs I think could qualify, and I only …

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Eurovision 2017: Semi-Final 1 Preview

Last night’s jury rehearsal cleared the fog for most of us, yet there are still one or two frustrating ambers on my list. I suspect it will be incredibly close at the bottom end of the qualification threshold. So in no particular …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 7 Review

Today’s metro journey was rather entertaining. It was only escInsight’s Ewan and I travelling in today and we were immediately spotted by an Indian man asking if we spoke English. We both acknowledged him and he proceeded to tell us …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 6 Review

The big-5 and Ukraine join rehearsals today, which means we’re entering the business end of the Contest and can now start zeroing in on our top-4 and 5 nations. Finishing off the second rehearsals of the first semi-final, Armenia were first up …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 5 Review

Having seen all of this year’s semi-finalists, we now get to judge any minor changes or tightening up of camera angles and choreography. The EBU will be publishing excerpts of the official TV feed for each country on their YouTube …

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Eurovision 2017 Rehearsals: Day 3 Review

We opted for the taxi again this morning. By we, I mean the escinsight crew I’m staying with in Kyiv. It was a white knuckle ride through a deserted Kyiv city centre hurtling past various landmarks and Eurovision selfie points. …

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