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Eurovision 2015: Semi-Final 1 – Vienna Preview

With the jury rehearsal out of the way, and with 50% of tonight’s points already allocated, the list of likely qualifiers and non-qualifiers has become somewhat easier to predict. In fact, the market reacted during the first dress rehearsal to the likes of the …

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Eurovision 2015 Rehearsals: Day 5 Review

Each artist is restricted to twenty minutes today, but Moldova suffered a few technical issues, throwing a spanner in Austria’s carefully planned schedule. Eduard continued his strong vocal form, however, the risqué staging does risk being penalised by the juries. …

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Eurovision 2015 Rehearsals: Day 4 Review

The atmosphere was charged this morning and expectations were high given the lacklustre start to semi-final 2 reviewed yesterday. First up, Nadav Guedj injects some much-needed life into the semi with his lively, multi-genre pop-stomper. After the initial down-tempo intro, …

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Eurovision 2015 Rehearsals: Day 3 Review

Vienna lies under thick veil of cloud today, which sets the mood for song six in semi-final two. For now though, we start with Lithuania’s sunny, feel-good love song. Their staging is refreshingly bright and it has echoes of Portugal’s …

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Eurovision 2015 Rehearsals: Day 2 Review

As per yesterday’s rehearsals, we were thrown into a gay disco extravaganza to start the show. Bojana Stamenov is centre stage, dressed in a silver sequined dress for Serbia and surrounded by four flag-bearers in long white coats and carnival …

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Eurovision 2015 Rehearsals: Day 1 Review

Our first day of rehearsals is complete and the two-week onslaught has well and truly begun. The sun has been shining all day and the thought of returning to chillier and more expensive Scandinavian shores is far from appealing. Eduard …

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Eurovision 2015: Semi-Final 2 Preview

Semi-final 2 is a higher quality affair, but like semi-1, it is fraught with danger given 2015’s higher standard. As such, I still advise a degree of caution until the staging reveals in May. Once again I have added my …

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Eurovision 2015: Semi-Final 1 Preview

Following the draw in January, Semi-final 1 was widely tipped to be the strongest, but with all songs selected, it now appears that the second semi-final leads the quality stakes. Nevertheless, the first semi does look like it could claim …

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Semi-Final 2: Dress Rehearsal Notes

Yesterday’s second rehearsal from Ruth Lorenzo has precipitated a flood of precipitation over the streets of Copenhagen. Thankfully, calm has returned to the press centre after last night’s storm of enthusiasm. On the subject of storms, I hope you all …

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