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It was Memorial Day in Israel yesterdat and everything fell quiet in Eurovision land. We’re back today as the second rehearsals start for many semi-finalists.

The organisers will be sharing video from the camera feed for the second timers, so you’ll get a better idea of how things will look and sound next week.

Click here for the Thursday timetable

We’re here bright and early to keep you posted with our regular mix of ill-informed bias and baiting (© Reddit).

In the meantime, here’s a recap of what we said about the first (technical) rehearsals:

First semi-final

CountryRead what I had to say about itIs it going through?
Australia'Water cooler moments, but for all the wrong reasons'Yes
Belarus'She couldn't pull it off'No
Belgium'Half-arsed and messy'Borderline
Cyprus'Eurovision by numbers'Yes
Czech Republic'All decent stuff'Borderline
Estonia'There remains a lot to do here'Borderline
Finland'More meh and ouch rather than excellent'No
Georgia'Pisses all over the chips of the songs around it'Borderline
Greece'This song had literally everything.'Borderline
Hungary'A downgrade of his entry from two years ago'Yes
Iceland'Delivered everything I expected, really'Yes
Montenegro'Messy, boring and repetitive all at the same time'No
Poland'Four girls on stage shouting for three minutes'Borderline
Portugal'The deafening silence in the Press Centre spoke volumes'No
San Marino'A recipe for unbridled genius'Yes
Serbia'Below standard Balkan plodder'Borderline
Slovenia'Europe could confuse ethereal for boring'Borderline

Second semi-final

CountryRead what I had to say about the rehearsalIs it going through?
Albania'Bloody bonkers'No
Armenia'A lot of looking down the camera and being edgy'Yes
Austria'Has this been hiding in plain sight?'Yes
Azerbaijan'Chingiz can certainly do no wrong'Yes
Croatia'This song could have been something'Borderline
Denmark'Cheeky nods and winks and smiles'Borderline
Ireland'The vocal wasn't the problem here'No
Latvia'Forgettable was the mot du jour'No
Lithuania'Flat and missing something'No
Malta'Michela didn't put a foot wrong'Yes
Moldova'It passed me by'No
Netherlands'For me, there was a lot wrong here'Yes
North Macedonia'No styling och consulting mis-steps this year'Yes
Norway'Crumpled like a pack of cards'Borderline
Romania'A nag set to music'No
Russia'Russian television have thrown all their Roubles at it'Yes
Sweden'Clearly one of the ones to watch'Yes
Switzerland'Good Job Luca. Still top five'Yes

 

 

Image Credits: Andres Putting.

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Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Croatia – Angels with a golden wings. If one wasn’t enough.

Malta – somehow they managed to worked it out and let it look fresh and fun.

Lithuania – still boring

Russia – a lot of Sergey’s on stage.

Albania – lame animated Albanian eagle.

Norway – spreading them all over the stage just make them even more disconnected from each other.

The Netherlands – piano staging is a wrong staging.

North Macedonia – they managed not to f*** up the staging and she sing it well, but using the same props as Russia, is this wise?

Azerbaijan – the surprise of the day. They managed to get the staging right and it add a dimension to the song.

That’s all folks

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Croatia – Angels with a golden wings. If one wasn’t enough.

Malta – somehow they managed to worked it out and let it look fresh and fun.

Lithuania – still boring

Russia – a lot of Sergey’s on stage.

Albania – lame animated Albanian eagle.

Norway – spreading them all over the stage just make them even more disconnected from each other.

The Netherlands – piano staging is a wrong staging.

North Macedonia – they managed not to f*** up the staging and she sing it well, but using the same props as Russia, is this wise?

Azerbaijan – the surprise of the day. They managed to get the staging right and it add a dimension to the song.

That’s all folks