Eurovision 2018 Rehearsals: Day 5

Eurovision 2018 – With two weeks to go to the contest, daily rehearsals start this Sunday and of course the Eurovision Times will do its best to cover them; here’s for the second rehearsals to the first half of semifinal 1: pics and vids will be officially released and we get to discuss, debate, analyze, predict…

So this is how it’ll work for the next 10 days or so: we will resume the system from the last three years. There is an article for the day’s rehearsals published in the morning (or the night before) with the calendar (this year, the new style and format of the official site don’t seem to help look for rehearsals, so on this article you can see a recap). You can comment all day on it, based on all the info you can gather around and as soon as I can, I’ll get working on a recap article with links to pictures, videos, etc. However, I do work (even if both 1st of May and 8th of May are days off in France, which will help) so I’ll do that at the latest in the evening, sooner if possible, depending. Usually, the girls are down there and as you know, this year the girls couldn’t make it to Lisbon.

So we’re all counting on you guys to post in the comment section all the links you find and discuss all material out there. Hope it works out great for everyone, and already a big cheers to all the sites who will post their own made materials.

Here’s tomorrow’s schedule: Semifinal 1 – Half 1 – Second rehearsal

  • 11:00-11:20 Azerbaijan
  • 11:25-11:45 Iceland
  • 11:50-12:10 Albania
  • 12:15-12:35 Belgium
  • 12:40-13:00 Czech Republic
  • 14:05-14:25 Lithuania
  • 14:30-143:50 Israel
  • 14:55-15:15 Belarus
  • 15:20-15:40 Estonia
  • 15:45-16:05 Bulgaria
  • 16:30-16:50 FYR Macedonia
  • 16:55-17:15 Croatia
  • 17:20-17:40 Austria
  • 17:45-18:05 Greece
  • 18:10-18:30 Finland

There will therefore be 15 countries getting their second taste of the stage. The second rehearsal is 20 minutes long.

This is how it works. As usual, in second go, countries reveal much more. It is also followed by an official press conference.

The official site publishes photo sets from rehearsals and a a few seconds of what it will actually look like on TV!

415 thoughts on “Eurovision 2018 Rehearsals: Day 5

  1. Also big props to Sennek once again for a vocal delivery that sounds almost identical to the studio version – this girl knows how to deliver – vocally and emotionally :) It’s a song tailored to her and that is more than obvious.

  2. P.S. I wonder how many people will find themselves on the apologizing end again after the final and 2 weeks of bashing against Belgium and the belgian representative…

          • Hmmmm both those terms sound familiar indeed – in fact I would suggest them to you and few others around here on many occasions, I don’t need either – I know what I see and hear and I know what I was reading last year as well at about the same time.

        • Just reminding you how bush others artists and countries so lecturing others it really isn’t your area of responsibility. So control yourself.

          • This is a tad precious coming from you don’t you think ? Also I do not take orders or advice from you. Now, I had a really long day, do we really have to do this ? Isn’t it wonderful when I ignore you and you ignore me ?

    • Performance-wise it’s much more up my alley than most of the other entries. Only the execution of the high notes in the chorus could be better, but it is technically demanding to sing. A few adjustments, and it could work very well.

      • Yes she is the most disliked video of the day again on the official footage posted by the official channel…Anyway I am trying to get over it at this point but this whole thing seems purposeful against Sennek.

  3. Czech Republic : The editing with the cuts here to the dancers in front of the white background is smart and really helps to make up for how static Mikolas has to be now. He definately puts an effort, looks and sounds good and I hope he will be even better on Monday.

  4. Barzilai sounds even worse today especially at the beginning…but the media and fandom love her of course after they are done bashing Sennek. Sophistication and quality is officially dead in esc – we are back to the 2000s…

    • Depends on what you follow and what we listened with our own ears..which was quite bad in my opinion.

  5. Mikolas has switched the other boy from hos posse to a girl. Wrong move for this little lad anthem. The other one is still wearing the silly skiing jacket that looked unbelievably cool when Don Johnson wore it Aspen mid 80’s.

  6. No reaction on Azerbaijan, Lithuania at green, some reds or no reaction about Belgium.

  7. LOL. Ieva in a wool pink dress. This like a Sunday evening setting watching smth light on tellie while holding a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallow. LOL. Too fragile and sweet for my taste. It is effective though and I can understand why some people praise her rehearsal so far.

  8. Bulgaria sounded very strong but I still think that it is too cold to win. In the past years (ever since ‘Only Teradrops’) all winners were very humane.

    • This is a much better rehearsal and I do sense that Israel has worked hard on their staging, but I somehow miss something from her performance. She signs well, the backing vocals are good and the staging is decent, but there’s a “spark” missing to make the fireworks go. This will either win by a landslide or suffer an Italian result from last year (bad karma potentially)….

      Love her outfit though, makes her stand out in the best way possible!

      • Hope it pulls an Italy. I don’t think the contest can stand another credibility hit now. It needs to rebounce.

        • I love the song and the message behind it, her outfit is perfect for the occasion and the studio version makes me want to dance and have a drink along the seaside of Barcelona. However, there’s something lacking in the live performance, maybe because the song will sound better with a live audience joining in, but i believe it will compete for the “party vote” alongside the Czech Republic, Norway and Sweden. Therefore, I sense that a song in its own league might sneak by unnoticed, i.e. France, The Netherlands and Estonia. We shall see what happens….

            • Nope, they don’t have a chance of winning the final I think that’s unrealistic! However, I believe Waylon could sneak into the Top 10 as he’s a fairly “unique” and quirky act in this line-up and alone in his genre of country/pop-rock, which can bode well with the public as they tend to like entries that don’t sound “too ESC-like” if you know what I mean? I do believe though that France will be competing for the win together with Norway, Israel, Czech Republic and Estonia or Sweden.

          • I detest it. It is every negative stereotype people associate with esc in one package and an israeli victory will discourage more credible artists from participating imo. I can totally see Belgium to talk about something I know going back to Patrick Ouchene times, especially given the treatment Sennek and Blanche got the last 2 years. I don’t think its comparable to any of the ones you mentioned especially CZE and SWE. As for Norway I am dazzled by people calling it “childish” while full figured girl in kimono, with golden cats on stage clucking is the epitome of maturity tbh. I just hope other more competent uptempo songs cut its momentum and send it to do an Italy result. The contest needs something else in terms of winner imo to bounce back a bit.

            • I understand your point and might agree with it to some extent. We all have different music tastes and love one song more than the other, but I agree that Belgium could do well but her staging and lighting would’ve to be changed or be more contemporary than it is now (again camera angles playing a part in this). In regard to Norway, it’s a far cry from “Fairytale” but then again this is a completely different type of song from Rybak we hear. I don’t like the song and find the lyrics themselves a bit cringe knowing what a good writer Alexander is, but the song itself is really effective and makes me smile while listening to it. There’s nothing wrong with it, and I can imagine this being the Romania of last year and reach another Top 5 for Norway this time. Who would you prefer as a winner, Belgium?

            • How should anyone stage such an atmospheric dark song other than very simple ? This will look as it should on camera imo – it has the atmospheric start with the line of light gradually widening to reveal her face from darkness and she delivers a sultry look to the camera that will be very attention grabbing and will make it pop out of the crowd. This will look a lot better with audience on stage. Sennek has said she is a “no gimmicks” person.
              I do not want to defend Norway as some kind of masterpiece. It is a basic song brought to life by an immensly charismatic performer – I like it because it does not pretend to have any oh so important message – it’s simply fun. My problem with both Italy and Israel this year is the pretentiousness, the oh so deep meanings supposedly.

              When you are part of a television show on primetime what will the majority care about when you bring an extravaganza on stage ? Who is going to think “oh I will vote for this because it is oh so feminist ?” – for the majority it will be “I will vote for this because of fully figured clucking girl with chicken dance.” And Barzilai knows that same as Gabbani knew votes would come in for the gorilla. There is pretend substance to these acts in my opinion and the next day she will be the “clucking girl that won eurovision” and be all over mainstream media as the usual example of how tacky eurovision is. This is my problem – the contest’s reputation.

              Yes Belgium would be such an ideal winner now. Both credible and contemporary and with potential to survive after eurovision musically as a song. Bulgaria and Sweden would also make great winners imo. France is divisive and I would like to avoid a political clout over the contest if I could – still I like the song and the message.

  9. I never though I’d say this at the start of ESC when I ranked “Mall” as the second-worst entry of the year, but the folk-like sounds in his entry and together with those epic vocals and lovely staging colours: THIS MUST QUALIFY! <3

    Being the only rock-entry for SF1, unless you count Switzerland as a rock-entry "light", I believe that Albania will surprise and qualify and get a decent placing (5th-8th). I get goosebumps when he hits the high-notes and his staging is simple, yet effective. As you can tell, I'd love to see Albania qualify over Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus…

  10. Lithuania : Very sweet, excellent direction and Ieva sounds great. The close up to the hands at the end is gold. In serious Q contention now. My only criticism is the weird way the outfit looks with the lighting used.

    Israel : It’s like a bad 2000s flashback literally..Dustin the Turkey meets Rodolfo Chikilicuatre adding some irrelevant golden kittens – super tacky in every way. Backing dancers are cringy, vocals especially at the effects sound off as well. How can this win a song contest in 2018 is beyond me..

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