Eurovision 2017 – The full dress rehearsal of semi-final 2 has just finished and after 2 false starts we eventually had an almost problem-free run through giving us an idea of what tomorrow’s show will look like.
The show starts with two of the hosts deciding to play traditional Ukrainian pipe and accordian and do a Eurovision hits medley Ukrainian-style, eventually helped by Ukrainian dancers in national dress and a choir. We get ‘Euphoria‘, ‘Fairytale‘, ‘My Number One‘ and ‘Rise Like a Phoenix‘. They had to re-start twice due to technical issues.
Postcards were unmemorable and no-one stood out as anything special. The hosts were similar to yesterday, same standard of jokes.
All of the acts breezed through their performances except The Netherlands who came in slightly too soon.
Serbia – See through dress is quite effective stage and screen. Other than that, nothing memorable. Smattering of applause
Austria – Nathan on his moon. Doesn’t look as good in the arena. Lots of support, but due to his popularity rather than the song I think.
FRY Macedonia – The plus side of being at the back of the arena is you can’t see the bad dancing up close.
Malta – Breathlessly… more like easily. Claudia nailed it and it was big and impressive in the arena. Emotional.
Romania – Colourful, fun, energetic, will have the arena rocking tomorrow night. Alex managed to wheel his cannon on and jump on it successfully. Big applause.
Netherlands – Everything about this screams fake to me, no passion. The vocals didn’t do it for me live. No energy. Not the best camera work. Dull in the arena.
Hungary – Well performed, some energy, visually interesting and different language also makes you watch and listen. Not sure of mass appeal. Lots of pyros.
Denmark – Vocally fine, visually same as ever. Golden waterfall behind her at one point.
Ireland – The balloon swayed around a lot at first. Nice vocals. Split response in arena = marmite entry.
San Marino – They were having fun. Jimmy got his arms out. It was as bad as always but it doesn’t matter as they’re loving it.
Croatia – I can’t decide if it’s genius or a car crash.
Norway – The mask didn’t light up, not sure if that was intentional. I think it looks utterly dull in the arena.
Switzerland – How to take a half decent song with potential and ruin it by getting the staging totally wrong. The yellow stairs and dress still look awful and out of place. Looks bad in arena.
Belarus – Energy, fun, everyone singing along and waving arms. Looks good on screen and in the arena. Happy days.
Bulgaria – Great light show in the arena, loses it a bit on screen and the half-baked special effects look like they’re not finished. Flawless vocals, big round of applause in the arena. Staging could blow it for him on TV though.
Lithuania – As dull in the arena as it is on the screen. Hardly any applause.
Estonia – Very popular, large applause. They still look like they don’t know each other.
Israel – Lots of pyros. Pyros everywhere at the end. Pyros. More pyros.
Verka is back for her second segment during the voting, showing us around Kiev and she raised a few laughs, and then another interpretive dance routine.
France, Germany and Ukraine shot their performances for tomorrow’s interval too.
France – Very different perspective in the arena of the backdrop, it works much better and you see what they were trying to do with the huge swirling city and buildings. It the arena is distracts you from Alma and the song though.
Germany – Sounded good, but so much grey still has you questioning why. The special effects at the end are fireworks coming down from above like golden shooting stars.
Ukraine – Sounded shaky at the start and almost thought they would re-start. Lacklustre. Works on screen and not in the arena as well.
Everyone now filling time in the press centre before tonight’s jury final. Romania and Estonia came out to do interviews after performing. There are lots of guided tours going on and we feel like we’re in a zoo as tourists keep taking photos of us.