Croatia

Croatia Second Rehearsal

Houdek is wearing a jacket with two different sides to it. And he turns around for singing with different voices with the different sides.
But the camera angles don't quite work to put this to full effect yet and the Croatian delegation could also look into lighting as there is still a bit potential unused here imo.

There is a pyro curtain for the last run.

Croatia second rehearsal

Croatia is very impressive in the hall. I hoped that being here would give me more of an idea of what is going on at that stage but it doesn't really help at all! At the start after all we get the very distractive video backdrops of Jacques singing..

One trick is already revealed though.. Jacques is wearing two outfits in one. For the Italian opera parts a classic black smoking (on the right side of his body) and on the left a more casual black/white leather suit.

It is still completely over the top but sounding and looking great. I'd be surprised if it doesn't qualify..

Montenegro Reception at the Hotel Opera live in Kyiv

Montenegro Party....

Montenegro Party

This year we had a fantastic treat from the Montenegro Delegation as they prepared a reception for the the delegations from Slovenia, Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Macedonia and obviously their own performer, Slavko.

Hosted by the Hotel Opera, the reception, which started at 7pm began with food, wine, brandy and vodka. The invited press and local VIPs were given plenty of food and allowed to mix with the singers and other members form the delegations that were there. As this is a social occasion we refrained from taking interviews form the performers, but you can check all the previous interviews with them on the ESCKAZ.com youtube channel.

After about 30 minutes the food and drink was put to one side and the delegations too to the small stage and sang their songs one by one; video clips may be found here;

There was also a short speech from the Head Of Delegation Sbrejia (check name etc) which can be found here;

Some photos from the event may be found here;

Montenegro Party 2017

Finally I enjoyed myself immensely when Omar Naber was on stage by standing in the audience with the singer from Serbia,Tijana Bogicevic and sang his song together - we noticed that the Serbia National broadcaster was filming this so this will for sure appear on their news programs at some point - OH NO!!!

Finally we found this to be a great party, and we send great appreciation to the delegation of Montenegro for inviting us to it, with special thanks to Ervin Juhász and Sabrija Vulic

Day 4 review

So all semi-finalists have rehearsed once now. Today we got to see the second half of the second semi-final, starting off with some of the songs that are not viewed as the biggest candidates for the top positions this year. San Marino comes across professional, both singers are good performers but the song is still a big question mark. Croatia was completely over the top, in my opinion it looks great but it's still a very cheesy song, might do better than we all think (and maybe hope?) but it could also be disregarded for being just too much.

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