Macedonia

Stand-in rehearsal Eurovision 2016

This year stand-ins got no chance to perform on public, but were allowed to publish their rehearsals post show.

Semi two predictions from us two.....

From Mike;

Latvia Yes
Poland Yes
Switzerland No
Israel Yes
Belarus Maybe
Serbia Yes
Ireland Yes
Macedonia Maybe
Lithuania No
Australia Yes
Slovenia No
Bulgaria Yes
Denmark Yes
Ukraine Yes
Norway No
Georgia No
Albania Maybe
Belgium Yes

I am really unsure about Ireland so may swop that with Macedonia or Belarus

From Daniel;

Latvia Yes
Poland Yes
Switzerland No
Israel Yes
Belarus No
Serbia Yes
Ireland Yes
Macedonia No
Lithuania No
Australia Yes
Slovenia Yes
Bulgaria Yes
Denmark No
Ukraine Yes
Norway No
Georgia No
Albania No
Belgium Yes

Daniel is unsure about Albania and Belarus and might swop those with Slovenia and Latvia

Live blog second Semi Jury Show

Rolling live blog of Jury Show Second semi

Keep Refreshing this page;

Opening;

Views of Globen and crowd shots and COME TOGETHER. Seem like quite a crowd in the area too which is nice.

Now we have lots of Swedish humour and comedy form the hosts, but this washes over me and leaves me very cold I am afraid. All a bit too much MF for my liking.

Both hosts resplendent in silver jacket for Mans and a dress for Petra....all very sparkly. And now we have a duet from the two of them....very smorgasbord like in Malmo

Latvia

The Balkans know how to party

Last night, ESCKAZ were invited to join the participants of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina to their joint Balkan party event.

The delegations made us very welcome by treating us to wonderful drinks and accompanying food and astonishing performances.

Balkan Party Photos

Anna Sahlene, 2002 Estonian representative in Eurovision, and this year's backing vocalist for Australia's Dami Im, kicked off the party with a few performances, including her entry Run Away, which were followed up by the Croatian backing vocals team this year, presenting Yugoslavia's impressive back catalogue of Eurovision songs including Rock Me and Hajde da ludujemo.

After their performance, it was time for Serbia's representative Sanja Vučić ZAA to take the stage with her backing singers. She treated us to a powerful, classy, gutsy medley of soul music (Duffy, Amy Winehouse ) which she topped off with her eurovision entry Goodbye. Sanja's a class act and I'm very keen to keep an eye out for her, after Eurovision.

The performances kept coming in, with Highway performing their Eurovision entry, and proving they also have a soft spot for disco and soul, as they performed their rendition of Get Lucky, amongst other songs. It was a great party that showed much more than just the artists Eurovision entries. Bosnia Herzegovina's one off Eurovision collaboration group, also performed their entry Ljubav Je, but also made it possible for each artist to shine individually; Ana performed one of her own songs, Jala rapped his way much to the delight of the audience, Dalal showed her girl power and Deen treated the Eurovision fans to a much liked return to 'In The Disco', his entry in 2004.

Topping off the highlights of performances was Albanian entrant Eneda Tarifa, who treated us to three songs too, showcasing what an all round entertainer she is.

Guests Ivan from Belarus and at the last moment, San Marinos entrant Serhat, also joined the party, each performing their respective songs. Serhat climbed the stage for a rendition of his entry I didn't Know, alongside Sanja and Eneda and Highway, much to the delight of the crowd, which danced until their feet hurt.

Throughout the evening, we also spoke to some of the entrants, and asked them what their favourite balkan entry this year was.

A fantastic evening, which we're unlikely to forget any time soon.

Thank you to all the delegations involved for having us.

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