Carlotta in black and Laurita in black/yellow stand on different sides of the stage. Their faces are on the background. They start moving to each other on the 2nd verse and meet in the centre corner of the catwalk. In chorus they sing against each other, then they stand back by back and then turn to viewers. They end rehearsal with some rapping.
Black and white atmosphere to start Michael Rice performance, there are a lot of stars on the background and it's quite dark. He starts moving on stage on the 2nd verse. Universe pictures become brighter on the 2nd chorus. The choir makes an entrance on the bridge and hall lights up. Vocalists are dressed in white, they make a circle and there are nice effects on the floor. Overall a performance gives a John Lundvik feeling with a bit of smaller-scale approach.
Performance starts with projections on the face of Bilal, then he walks to the front of the stage. There are lyrics displayed on screens. Plus size model - Ballet dancer appears on stage. I think it is a great idea to involve her. Another dancer who is doing sign language translation appears on the stage and interacts with Bilal, who then quickly moves across the stage and dances, in the end, all three artists join together in the central stage. This will really do well.
Kobi in a black suit with a bow tie start the show in the front of the stage, screens appear behind him. On the 2nd verse, he is joined by his backing choir and together they look simply stunning. There is a variety of screens behind, showing parts of Kobi's face. On the bridge, he starts movement close to the audience on the catwalk, while his team stays on the stage. The last chorus is sung while he is going, and he finally stops for the very end. It is not really a perfect solution in otherwise elegant performance.
Chingiz is closing today's rehearsals. I'm trying to understand what I missed in the first rehearsal that made everybody in the press room feel it. The rehearsal went the same as it was last time. Chingiz changes his hairstyle and looks better in my opinion. I think there were some sound problems, cause he entered after the music throughout the entire song.
Tamara Todevska takes the stage once again. Nothing much has changed from the first rehearsal. It's a solid powerful performance. Tamara's voice takes time to warm up, but once it does it can melt icebergs. She's a powerful performer with a lot of presence. The last image shows her and her little girl.
2nd rehearsal to favorites to win. The Netherlands still leading according to all the bookmakers. The rehearsal went very well. On top of the keyboard player, they've placed a transparent plastic cube and on top of it a round shaped lamp, instead of the lamp that was there before. The stage is moody with heavy clouds in sunset blue. Duncan sounds magnificent. The colors of blue and purple contribute to the melancholy atmosphere, and the backdrop really enhances the drama.
KEiiNO takes the stage for a 2nd rehearsal, The trio gives another good vocal performance and are supported by a video backdrop that goes from the snowy mountains to space. The spirit can be seen as an amorphic colorful image in space. While Fred is Jojking, there are tribal patterns forming in the backdrop, as well as on the LED floor. Towards the end, the flight in the backdrop accelerate and the cold colors of the mountains and space are combined with the spirits to create warmer colors.
Jonida Maliqi's rehearsal is good vocally as always. She now has her hair tied back. The camera shows us the backing singers, who now moved a bit forwards. They got rid of the black eagle in the graphics. Her see-through black dress gives her a nice silhouette. Camera work has improved, and there is a video of flames in the background. On the LED floor there's a video of a nest, where people gathers, as a metaphor to Jonida's cry for immigrants to come back to Albania.
Another strong rehearsal for Sergey Lazarev. The illusion of the mirrors is being created by an actual mirror Sergey is looking at in the beginning. Then he moves to center stage where mirror-like LED screens awaits him. The effect is very strong and is complemented by Sergey perfect vocals.