Jamala has had an emotional day. She has been to the ABBA museum, where she met her idol, Loreen. Ukraine has now moved up to be the second favourite of the bookmakers. It irritates her a little, because she just want to concentrate on being a singer and not think about, what the bookmakers think.
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Lighhouse X was very comfortable on stage today. However Martin is still struggling with finding out where to stand, so he doesn't get burned by the pyro. Martin is soon to be in the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has about 8 weeks to prepare for the role.
Poli wanted the same composer as in 2011, so she called 3 days before the deadline and asked if they could make a song in 3 days. Poli wants to bring people together. Unite them. And she is so happy to be back in Eurovision. Poli sings better in English than in Bulgarian, so that is one of the reasons, why her entry is in English this year.
The choreography is a combination of teamwork and brainstorming. ManuElla tries to be natural for the camera and show the emotions to the camera. Jannik, the Danish acrobat is symbolizing the guy running out of his life. A journalist compared ManuElla to Nathalie Imbruglia, which made ManuElla very happy, because she admires her much.
Dami's song was written specially for Dami and Eurovision. But they wanted to be something, that could be heard on the radio as well. And Sweden has already the Australien entry on their charts. Concerns were raised, that the audience thought, that during the rehearsal the backing sounded a bit loud. The delegation was gratefull for the observation, and will listnen to it again.
Donny's experience from 2012 is that you have to enjoy, what you do. Sometimes you feel fear. Especially with so many viewers. But you need to enjoy yourself. He wasn't prepared for all the attention at Eurovision either, because Lithuania is a small country. He almost felt relieved, when he came back, at nobody wanted to ask questions all the time.
Nicky seems to sound a lot less nervous than he did a couple of days ago. Vocals have been tidied up and that's a major improvement.
Everything else has pretty much stayed the same in terms of his performance. There's a bit more communication going on now with the audience, when Nicky uses the catwalk to the smaller platform.
A major improvement, well done Ireland!
Hovi from Israel is slowly but surely becoming one of the acts, fans genuinely want to qualify this year.
Israel is most certainly in with a change this year. As I said before this is easily the best staging we've had from Israel in a few years. Add to that the power vocals of Hovi, and you have a very pleasing package on offer.
A whole lot of improvement for Rykka from Switzerland. The song now has a much more pixie/fairy tale feel to it which means the dress, with the smoke doesn't look as awkward anymore.
With her hair, lighter blue now too and straightened, Rykka looks like a complete pixie and it really suits the song.
But don't go too wild Rykka, don't make these really really big head movements all the time, because it is kind of distracting.