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Yulia Samoylova

Russia second rehearsal

Desiree on Sat, 05/05/2018 - 10:16

We are on day 7 of the rehearsals, the last full day starting with Russia.

No changes to the Russian performance after the first rehearsal it seems. It's still not sounding that good and also the act on stage is not very convincing, though it's hard to say what else could be done really. On a positive note, in the studio version I think the latest part with all the repetitions of "'cause even in the darkness, even in the darkest night.." does sound better live than in studio.

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?