Russia

Russia first rehearsal

Desiree on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 14:36

Probably the biggest questionmark for today was going to be the rehearsal from Russia, and it still is for me, after one run I'm not really sure what to think of it.

Yulia has again been turned into a big mountain as we already saw in the videoclip. Vocally it's better than the one performance we saw before and everyone is eager to get out of their heads, but the chorus still sounds questionable. Her dress is not really visible.

On stage with her are three backing singers and two dancers, for both of them I think it's good to have them on stage as Yulia herself logically doesn't move. Despite this, it still comes across as static, I'm not convinced at all how this is going to be, could this be the second country in this semi-final to 'break' their 100% qualification record?

Winner predictions from Daniel and I

Mike;

Still calling it for Russia this year, with either Australia or Ukraine in second place

BUT I would love to see Austria do it, that would be simply amazing but unlikely to happen and of course I am totally hoping for a top 10 place for Georgia

Daniel

Think that Russia will still pull this off, with a dark horse as Serbia and France possibly having their best score for years.

Would love to see Russia win this all in the end BUT at the same time Bulgaria should hopefully do well too, good luck to Poli

Semi One predictions from Daniel and me

Mike;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus Maybe
Austria Yes
Estonia Maybe
Azerbaijan Yes
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

So someone will miss out from my predictions, and sadly I think it will be Austria

From Daniel;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus No
Austria Yes
Estonia No
Azerbaijan Maybe
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

Some slight disagreements here, but more or less we agree this year

Anyway what the hell do we know.....though we usually get 7-9 out of 10

Douwe Bob bar opening in Stockholm

Wonder on Sun, 05/08/2016 - 16:04

Yesterday Douwe Bob had a special of opening his bar in Stockholm where you can drink a beer and listen to a music you retro-pop stuff you should like if you're into Douwe Bob's music, 70s pop-rock and intimate atmosphere while spending a nice evening somewhere out.
A lot of delegations have arrived to check the opening - Russia, Finland, Estonia, Spain, San Marino and many others. Cyprus have got a special present for Douwe - Cypriot pomace brandy.
Later everyone have moved to ground floor and Douwe has performed few songs including "Slow Down", then Amir came up to the stage with a cover of Michel Fugain's "Une belle histoire". The set was finished with all guests singing The Beatles' "Hey Jude" on a small intimate stage.

Douwe Bob bar opening

Press Conference for Russia

Liza on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:35

Probably the most visited press conference of today is Russia. Filip Kirkorov said that, what we saw on stage today, was only 50 % of the show. They still have things to fix. Sergey's brand are the wings, that we see in the grafics on stage. But he also has the wings as tatoos. He says with twinkle in his eyes, that he can fly. I guess he doesn't need to learn this from IVAN from Belarus.

Russia first rehearsal

Saved the best for last?

Absolutely! Sergey's most definitely putting out all the stops; Visual presentation is key here, and Sergey is undoubtedly delivering.

Wings, 3D Effects, climbing the LED wall, you name it Sergey has it.

Vocally, Sergey's in top form too.

Great first rehearsal, which undoubtedly is going to keep the momentum going for Russia. It will be up to its other close competitors, (ahum France) to challenge Russia.

Well done.