This year stand-ins got no chance to perform on public, but were allowed to publish their rehearsals post show.
2. Czech Republic
3. The Netherlands
25. United Kingdom
Video clip in two parts;
ФИНАЛИСТЫ ИЗ ПЕРВОГО ПОЛУФИНАЛА:
ВАУ! 8/10! Нежданчик...
As usual, every year ESCKAZ team selects our own Miss and Mister Eurovision, the decision is based on everything, not just on the looks, but on the overall personality of the artists. This year, our choices are Nina Kraljić (Croatia) and Freddie (Hungary) and the winners received surprise announcement on that during the Red Carpet event yesterday - see their reaction in the video below.
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.
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.
На второй репетиции мы наконец-то увидели сценическое платье Нины. Под огромной накидкой, которую снимают с Нины к припеву, оказалось длинное белое платье с перьями и блёстками. Мне до сих пор не понятен выбор такого наряда для Нины и то, как оно сочетается с той песней и образом. Бэк-вокалисты одеты в чёрные балахоны.
Вокально сегодня, неожиданно для меня, достаточно слабо. Финал под вопросом.