Australia's performance is much like the first one. Kate slays the vocals and the camera work serves the song well. The video art creates a 3d feel to the performance. The press is impressed (...), but I'll say it all looks a bit too circusy to me. Kids will love it...
Oto Nemsadze was very impressive in his first rehearsal. He comes back on stage for the 2nd rehearsal for his dramatic "Keep on Going". Everything stays more or less the same as in the first rehearsal. It's a very lyrical performance with the Georgian mountains in the background, a river and a bridge on the LED floor and barbed wire across the video art. Fire, lightning and a lot of national pride. There's a handshake at the hand on the video art that I assume portrays the bond of Georgian and Abkhazian people.
Eliot is back now for his 2nd rehearsal. What has been changed since the first one? Not much. Performance is solid, with Eliot wearing a blue jacket with red ends. The two drummers now wear shirts with two red V signs on them. Video art shows red lines, vertical and horizontal. Smoke erupts towards the end of the song. I must say something with the song doesn't connect to the performance.
ZANA has changed her outfit. She wears a crop top in pink, white and black, shorty white shorts and high boots. She has a matching a jacket, that is being taken off by the dancers early in the performance, but it's not done in the most elegant way. The two female backing singers also changed outfit and wearing urban outfits in black, white and red. The dancers wearing short sleeve top in black with what seems to be some tribal shape in white in the middle. ZANA seems to keep her vocals for later.
Joci Papai takes the stage again. The performance is strong as always and Joci channels the emotional song very well. They they still have the fathers' floating heads, and there's a yellow tree starting off at the floor and then moves to the background. This one ooses class. The stage is covered in gold, which looks great with Joci's black outfit. In the last run of rehearsal, we had the rain of firework at the end of the performance.
Zala and Gasper impressed almost everybody in their first rehearsal so the expectations are high. Zala had some problems with her earpiece, sounded a bit weak and looked distracted. Maybe somebody went last night to an Independence Day party and partied too hard...
Polish rehearsal had to be stopped after a few seconds. It seemed the camera work was all over the place. It's also the 2nd rehearsal I noticed they are using the wrong flag, specifically the flag of the country that is to perform afterward. The 2nd attempt was better. There are a lot of zoom in shots on the band members and the camera also cuts to the audience in the part of clapping. I love the song! but will admit it lacks an extra oomph to stand out.
Sebastian Rejman and Darude take the stage. I've heard word Sebastian is not feeling well, and that might explain the weak vocals. He's walking on the catwalk, which I either missed in the first rehearsal or they've simply changed the staging in that way. Everything else looks the same. The dancer does a good job, but overall and ironically the whole act seemed low on energy.
Montenegro 2nd rehearsal didn't have many changes. The guys sounded well and the staging remained the same. They got rid of the loud shout in the middle of the song, which is good, but they still need to find a better way to end the performance; they just dance with each other and it looked very weird, almost like a school play. At the last note, they're holding one of the girls, as if she's about to fall. Rizo was moved to the front at the last shot.