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Eurovision 2016: Semi-Final 1 Pre-Rehearsal Preview

Having digested both semi-final running orders, it appears the first of this year’s semis is the most straightforward in terms of visualising SVT’s masterplan: those songs not wanted in the final have been buried, whereas promising songs from the likes of Russia and Malta …

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Eurovision 2016: Pre-Amsterdam Rundown

As we approach Saturday’s concert in Amsterdam, I thought I‘d chuck a few thoughts together describing the utter confusion that exists among those trying to find a victor from the 43 entries striving to win this year’s Mediocre Song contest. …

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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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