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Eurovision 2019 Rehearsals: Day 2


Eurovision 2019 – With two weeks to go to the contest, daily rehearsals start this Saturday and of course the Eurovision Times will do its best to cover them; here’s for the first 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 four years. There is an article for the day’s rehearsals published in the morning (or the night before) with the calendar (this year, tthe 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 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 the Tel Aviv rehearsals.

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 2 – First rehearsal

  1. 10.40 – 11.10 Belgium
  2. 11.20 – 11.50 Georgia
  3. 12.00 – 12.30 Australia
  4. 13:40 – 14:10 Iceland
  5. 14:20 – 14:50 Estonia
  6. 15:00 – 15:30 Portugal
  7. 16:00 – 16:30 Greece
  8. 16:40 – 17:10 San Marino

There will therefore be 8 countries getting their first taste of the stage and first impression from it. The first rehearsal is 30 minutes long.

This is how it works. As usual, in first go, countries rarely reveal everything from their staging, definitely not the clothes. But the fans get an idea of what direction the performance is heading towards. This is mostly a rehearsal for delegations: in-ear monitoring, checking the dressing room, etc. Then the delegations check the recordings and adjust if necessarily. After this, they work on the make-up, and then the Press Meet & Greet takes place.

Usually, the official site publishes photo sets from rehearsals and a short clip (around 90 seconds) about the artist’s impressions around 40 minutes later. Last year it was not possible for any fan sites to record anything else, so you’ll have to just read what everyone there thought about it without seeing more with your own eyes (and of course hear with your own ears).

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419 comments on “Eurovision 2019 Rehearsals: Day 2

  1. San Marino looking crisp, elegant and very disco after Greece.

    • rather good for Iceland after all was said, while Australia and Greece polished quastionable acts… the rest…

    • People still believe Estonia will qualify?

      • I never thought it will, just like I never thought Belgium will.

        • Yes, trouble for Belgium and Portugal too. Thing is Telemoveis has more hardcore esc fans who watch semis behind it than Wake Up so it will all depend on jury vote regarding which one ranks higher between the 2 overall

          • I thought about it last night: Belgium might get a surprise huge jury support, and if televote gives it more points than the obvious NO (Montenegro, Finland, Georgia, Estonia), then it’s not that hopeless overall, even if a lukewarm televote (to Q that is)

            • Well, it’s all blurred in my mind right now. The balance between jury and televoting support for each country could determine most of 1st semi’s qualifiers.

      • Fans of the Bachelor TV show might.

        • Besides, EST qualifies every 3 years!

          • Estonia was one of my favorite ESC countries for a while but the last couple of years have been dreadful. On the plus side, this is better than Verona.

            • Verona is SO S!sterz !

            • U want to have 3-way with Verona duo, too?!?

            • Do I ? :o

            • Don’t you like cruise ship karaoke performers?

            • Like Dami Im? :P

            • Never – she’s too understated. True story – a friend of mine lives in Brisbane and her daughter went to HS at same high school as Dami, 2 years younger – at the time she was well-known as a quiet, slightly nerdy kid who played the piano very well and nobody had any idea she could sing.

            • Estonia was the best esc country in 2009-2013 era

            • Continue to 2015…. Goodbye to yesterday is one of my all-time faves – I mean it’s a situation we can all relate to!

            • yes, they had two good songs in a row in 2015-2016 with Stig, 2015 being an absolute wonder and my runner up that year (2016 is a good song with a very awkward performer who was incredibly cute and made me want to do dirty things to him, being last was quite unfair even if the semi was tough)… and then Verona. This year is another Stig song and i think it’ll do quite well with juries who might turn away from Portugal/Iceland to favor it, but will it escape bottom 3 in televote?

            • I didn’t get appeal of 2016; it also looked terrible in Arena at semi though I might see it more favorably if it had been performed by Latino fitness coach.
              I really dislike this year but it could benefit from its position in the running order after 2 numbers that many people will see as noise. Also while I find the guy dislikeable, clearly a lot of women seem to go for that. It’s lucky it’s in the weaker semi IMO.

    • Considering its almost exclusively fan media at this stage, I’d say AUS and GEO going up is the main story of the day – other than that seems pretty much in line with previous expectations?

      • I’d say that CYP, ISL, GRC failed to ignite some sort of fire but are simply good for what they are? It does not look like the winner is from this semi and things are getting rather predictable…

        • yes, people had lukewarm reactions to Netta as well, and fired to whoever surprised them! so maybe the big surprise is in semi 2 (Russia and Netherlands can’t be it as they’re already expected) or there is NONE and everyone will do as expected this year :/

        • That was kind of predictable though… I’d say for a while it’s been clear (to us obssessives following the contest already anyway) that the winner is likely one of ITA – NL – SWE – RUS or s!stärz. OK, one of the first 3 anyway.

  2. Mi list today rehearsals
    1 GEORGIA
    2 ICELAND
    3 SAN MARINO
    4 ESTONIA
    5 BELGIUM
    6 AUSTRALIA
    7 GREECE
    8 PORTUGAL

  3. So my 10 qualifiers after getting an idea of vocals and stage approach ( in random order)

    SVN
    GRC
    ISL
    CZE
    AUS
    PRT
    CYP
    POL
    GEO
    SMR / HUN (But since I prefer both POL and GEO in the ethnic genre, my 10th ticket goes to SMR instead of HUN as we need fun!)

    Out : HUN, BLR, EST, SRB, BEL, FIN, MNE (personal taste NOT prediction)

  4. Last year, between Premath and Aftermath, only two countries left my top 10 (Greece and Belgium) and I think it could be the same this year (though I think I love the Belgian song enough to save it around 9th or 10th)… However, the countries sitting outside my top 10 aren’t secure a good live yet (Armenia, Albania…)

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