Day Five – You know what we said the other day …

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It’s a long way from Baku to Helsinki, it’s even further if you throw in random stormtroopers, waving cats and a fancy frock. But the guv’nor went above and beyond to bring you a flavour of Eurovision 2018 today. Enjoy these edited highlights.

Previous reviews: Day one | Day two | Day three | Day Four


Aisel
Aisel on a wave

Azerbaijan

It looks professional, and now has on-screen graphics. It’s still choreographed until it begs for more, although now the lighting cues are in it looks less messy.

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Iceland

The performance is very static and isn’t helped at all by the Israeli-esque coming together at the end.

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Eugent Bushpepa
Eugent giving it loads

Albania

On Monday, Eugent was in third gear and was clearly going through the motions. This time round he’s moved it up one.

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Belgium

Sennek has upped her game since her first rehearsal but, quite frankly, that wouldn’t take much.

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Mikolas Josef
Not his best angle

Czech Republic

The question rather than is this qualifying? is – for me – is Mikolas strong enough mentally and physically to overcome this and give this the performance it deserves?

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Lithuania

It looks and sounds – as they say – on point, and is beautifully staged. Ieva does a cracking job of underselling this song by building to when she walks over a rainbow bridge to her husband (her actual husband, mind) … and you feel that you totally believe her and buy into the concept of someone passing over and gathering memories along the way.

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Israel

The Israeli team has literally polished a turd. This really was substandard on Monday, and served to confirm all my conscious bias towards ‘Toy’. The delegation has gone away and talked.

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And if you’re a fan of mash-ups …

Belarus

Someone, somewhere, must have had a dissenting voice. Surely somebody said: “What will Europe think if we present this?” No?

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Elina
Does my bum look big in this?

Estonia

The televoters of Europe are going to look at this in the context of everything that went before (and will come after) and think ‘erm, no’.

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Bulgaria

It’s all shot darkly and looks very negative – and a little bit weird, with too many effects for its own good.

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Macedonia

I believe we told the delegation on Tuesday that the dress that revealed a bit too much was somewhat revealing … and we were assured that Marija had seen the rehearsal footage, realised it was indeed unflattering, and that she would get this sorted.

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Franka
Crazy for Franka

Croatia

I believe we told the delegation on Tuesday that the dress that revealed a bit too much was somewhat revealing … and we were assured that Marija had seen the rehearsal footage, realised it was indeed unflattering, and that she would get this sorted.

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Austria

He’s still being very Kanye West-a-like on the stage, and there is a moment where the camera pans back to reveal him on the background, so he can unhook himself from his contraption.

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Greece

There are some rehearsals that make you question why you bothered to turn up and watch. And that’s how I felt through the last twenty minutes.

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Saara Aalto
You wait here, Ill just get the Sabatier

Finland

The Finnish performance has got a lot tighter and it looks less like amateur hour at the Eurovision, and more like a polished show.

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Image Credits: Andres Putting, Thomas Hanses, Thomas Hanes.