Eurovision 2012 – The afternoon’s rehearsals saw semifinal 2 acts take to the Crystal Hall stage for the second time. Rehearsals and press conferences from Serbia, FRY Macedonia, The Netherlands, Malta, Belarus, Portugal, Ukraine & Bulgaria took place. See what you think to their second rehearsals. Serbia’s Željko Joksimović was a class act. The song has grown and grown on me. It looked good on the screens for TV despite the lights and backdrop not looking particularly special in the hall. People seem to like violins in Eurovision too.
Kaliopi put in a fine vocal performance for her rehearsal for FRY Macedonia. The strobes are a little bit busy in places and the band a little static.
Joan Franka from The Netherlands is still persisting with the full red indian headdress, apparently her trademark look. Not the strongest of vocals at all.
Malta’s Kurt Kajella does some nifty feet shuffling along with his guitarists as a fake crowd on the backlighting go wild. Some pretty effects, and an ok voice.
Litesound were up next for Belarus, with the musicians in the band making strange contortion type shapes over their arty mic stands. A bit gimmicky? Interesting graphics used for the backdrop.
Portugal’s beautiful city scene lighting actually helps the song sound prettier, but it’s still lost for me in a sea of ballads despite Phillipa Sousa‘s great vocals.
Gaitana has made me change my mind now, and I think Ukraine will probably qualify like they normally do. Effective use of backing screens to make it look like there’s more dancers, and very brightly coloured. Strong vocals.
Sofi from Bulgaria has poor moves, on a boring stage set. No dancers for what is essentially a dancefloor filler. The backdrop changes from not enough to too much throughout the song. I’m really not a fan of this presentation which seems to have had little thought go into it.
What did you think to these second rehearsals?