Grand Final - Dress Rehearsal - Part Two - Songs Nine to Sixteen

9. United Kingdom
Postcard: Rather aptly SuRie goes tea-picking before enjoying a nice brew. Some of these postcards are perfectly suited to the artists and their countries.
Performance: Complete with her stage prop, SuRie shines and brings the song to life. It may even trouble the top of the second half of the scoreboard based on this performance.

10. Serbia
Postcard: Sanja and Balkanika team go wine-tasting in Porto. Another appropriate postcard sequence given the group's love of the grape.
Performance: A deserved qualifier from last night, vocally they just keep getting better and better. Reverting back to the initial Nevena Ivanovic-designed costumes they first wore before they were refitted for the semis, they really shine. From the betting odds, it seems it may have come in at 10th place in its semi but it is worthy of a good placing tomorrow night.

11. Germany
Postcard: Another country walk with waterfalls and forests before Michael paraglides.
Performance: Solid all the way vocally. One of the better performers of the Big Five on the scoreboard this year?

12 Albania
Postcard: Eugent takes a gondola-style boat trip.
Performance: Incredible vocal - as always - exactly why he has earned his place in this final. Great song, powerfully delivered. If the contest was judged solely on vocal ability, Albania would be beating their best finish (5th) of 2012.

13. France
Postcard: More scenery and a funicular ride for the French duo, before busking.
Performance: Immaculately and simply staged with just enough understatement to see it creep up. Still my tip for the winner and it may pip Cyprus to it just yet. France for the first since 1977? C'est possible...

14. Czech Republic
Postcard: Carnival time for Mikolas Josef.
Performance: Still lacking the gumph that the original acrobatics gave it, it will easily give the Czech Republic their best ever result. A finisher between sixth and eighth, or maybe a little higher on the night depending how it's received.

15. Denmark
Postcard: Rasmussen head to a library among other things. Maybe to read up on Viking history...
Performance: The chorus and the chanting coupled with drum beats make this incredibly catchy. Could see it finish top 10, but unlikely to conquer Eurovision as much as the Vikings did Northern Europe all those years ago.

16. Australia
Postcard: A quick rooftop and waltz around Lisbon before some guitar/banjo playing.
Performance: Jessica can relax a bit now after weathering the storm and making it through after much undeserved and unfair criticism in the last week or so. Some lovely vocal adlibs - especially in the second verse - and the vocals will be spot-on come tonight for the juries and tomorrow. A top-ten finish should still be in the offing - especially if she continues to sparkle like this.

German Embassy Reception with Cláudia Pascoal, Michael Schulte and Mariza

AidaK on Fri, 05/11/2018 - 14:04

On the occasion of Eurovision in Lisbon, the German embassy held a reception in the garden of the Goethe-Institut.
After welcoming words of the Ambassador Helmut Elfenkämper, the Director of the Goethe-Institut of Lisbon Elisabeth Völpel and the Head of German Eurovision Delegation Christoph Pellander, the stage has been opened for Eurovision contestants.
As Portuguese representor Cláudia Pascoal sang her entry “O Jardim” supported by the composer of the song Isaura Santos.
Of course, the main act was the performance of the German participant. He sang the ballad “Collide” from his new album “Hold the Rhythm” and his entry “You Let Me Walk Alone”. As a bonus, Michael performed a medley of “Fly on the Wings of Love” (in Danish), “Satellite” and “Amar Pelos Dois” (in Portuguese).
During a “commercial break” when the audience waited for the next musical surprise, Michael and the host of the German national Final Linda Zervakis were chatting along. However, even if they ran out of topics very soon, Linda and Michael managed the situation by joking around like the hosts of actual Eurovision Song Contest.
The surprise guest was Portuguese fado singer Mariza who performed in a characteristic dramatic way the song “Trigueirinha” (“the darkhaired girl”) from her new album and a classic fado ballade “Quem me dera” (“if only”) accompanied by a Portuguese guitar. Starting her show in a theatric manner by stepping out of the audience Mariza finished it in same way.
It’s not to say if the reception will help Michael Schulte marketing-wise, but the bookmakers already see him making 6th place in the Final. Fingers crossed!

2nd Rehearsal Germany

AidaK on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 12:00

Shortly before the first run of his second rehearsal Michael seems to be a little bit nervous. This is clearly noticeable during the first performing moments. However, he is gaining confidence as the song continues and develops the strength of his voice at its climax.
The show uses private family pictures sent to the artist by the fans. It is a good idea to create a connection to the audience, for sure. But will that intention be recognized by people who don’t follow the coverage on ESC and just switch the TV in the evening of the event?
All in all: Germany delivers a solid performance and a radio ballade on a very personal topic. That could work. Good luck.

Germany second rehearsal

Desiree on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 11:40

The next country is Michael Schulte from Germany. I was quite sceptical about the first rehearsal, so let's see if this second one will feature any changes and/or makes me change my mind by seeing and hearing it live.

There have been no changes to this rehearsal as far as I can see and hear. Michael is wearing black and sounding well in the first run. Still not sure what to think of the visuals in the last part of the song, but the first part beautifully makes clear what the song is about for those who may not speak the English language.

Germany first rehearsal

Desiree on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 17:09

Germany seems to have also brought their own LED wall.

Michael Schulte stands on his own on stage - it's very very dark through most of the song we see white projections on a white wall, showing keywords and images of the song. In the second verse we get to see the pictures sent in by fans.

After the bridge we get psychedelic red-black circles going round which don't fit the song at all. Vocals seem to be better than at the national final, the second time already sounding even better, but I'm afraid I really don't like how it looks on stage.

Day 6 of rehearsals - it'll be a mixed day!

Desiree on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 09:46

In just about 15 minutes the first rehearsal of today will start, which is Armenia.
We start the day with the remaining 4 countries of semi final 1 who will each do their second rehearsal which will be blogged live from the arena like yesterday. The same goes for the first five countries of the second semi-final.

After all these we get to see the first 30 minute-rehearsals from the BIG-5 countries + Portugal. These rehearsals will go on well into the evening, so loads happening today, stay tuned!

Germany Second Rehearsal

ChrisB on Sun, 05/07/2017 - 09:40

Germany probably have the best opening shot in the competition, unfortunately the staging doesn't build a lot from there.
But this has improved from German NF on so many levels.
Levina gives much better camera, vocals still could be a little better though.
But the overall feel of the entry is uplifting and cool, even though the song is not.
In contrast to Desiree I have the opinion that the outfit is pretty much perfect. Many delegations tried to go for sci-fi inspired costumes. Most of them failed, Germany did not.
Very surprised about Germany, as I did not expect them to do anything. And they will still struggle, but should avoid last place this year.

Germany second rehearsal

Desiree on Sun, 05/07/2017 - 09:29

Have the Amish gone through some revolution and now decided that it's ok to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest? Oh forget it.. it's just Levina on stage in her long 2-shades of grey outfit.

Vocally it didn't sound well in the hall the first time but also Levina is improving the second time. I still think it's all too grey, would be nice to hav esome colour added to this. Or to the song, but it'll probably be too late for that. And just as I write this a pyro rain falls from above and we get pyro fountains. It adds something, but not sure if it can save Germany from another result in the gutter of the scoreboard..

This time the pyro came on the 2nd instead of the third run. Would this mean that it has not been decided yet whether it will be used next week?

Germany First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Fri, 05/05/2017 - 15:33

Levina starts lying on the floor in a mesmerizing shot from above. The look of the presentation is very modern, although not much happened after that opening shot.
She also gives much better camera than what we have seen in the German National Final, she also shows more stagecraft and confidence.
The Germans have been putting a lot of effort in this as they clearly don't want to finish last for the third time in a row.
For the third run there is a pyro curtain behind Levina which doesn't add anything really in my view.

With very low expectations we can actually call Germany a pleasant surprise.