San Marino

Dress rehearsal 1 - Semi-final 2

Desiree on Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:29

No time to keep thinking of what happened yesterday as the first dress rehearsal for tomorrow's semi-final is already in full swing! Later on we will fill you in on what happens on the postcards as well..

01 Norway
This is becoming a solid favourite for the win, the performance is slick and it's a cheerful opener. But the question remains how much juries will take this song seriously. Alexander seemed to be saving his voice.

02 Romania
Vocally this is very strong again, but the performance is too theatrical, too kitsch for this song. I will not be surprised if this will be the end of Romania's perfect streak.

03 Serbia
Good performance in this rehearsal, it keeps getting better and better. After Romania I think this has a chance.

04 San Marino
The robots and Jessika and Jenifer as well are back! Size doesn't matter was one of the messages on the cards held by the robot. It may distract from the sometimes weak vocals at the end.

05 Denmark
Another good and solid performance from Rasmussen, really not much to say about this, it looks and sounds very well, no issues at all here.

06 Russia
The vocal arrangements in the chorus seems to have been altered a bit, it sounds a lot more shouty now especially during the long notes. Really hard to predict what will happen here.

Time for a little break now in the greenroom, with a little game with Alexander Rybak among other things..

07 Moldova
Not sounding that great today in the hall, could be that they are saving themselves for tonight. It's still a fun performance though.

08 The Netherlands
Putting Waylon's stage together apparently takes a bit more than the time of the postcards, as just after the postcard we got switched to one of the hosts in the audience for a very awkward conversation that went completely wrong. Let's say "It's just a rehearsal" as San Marino reminded us a few days ago.

Now, to the actual performance. Vocally it sounds really good and it is not completely my genre but I feel we're back to real music after a few weaker songs. There are far less shots of the crumping dance right now, so it looks better. I think there's still a chance for the Netherlands.

09 Australia.
Back to the greenroom again! That's how they fill three extra minutes it seems being this the semi with one song less.
Very strong vocal performance from Jessica. It's one of the few straightforward pop songs and still think this could really have an instant appeal. I do think however that the shots during the bridge where Jessica is dancing are not that great.

10. Georgia
There seemed to be some issues with the sound at the beginning as it started a bit weak. Iriao soon got back on full strength though. With a few of the ethnical entries out from the first semi-final gone it could really stand out in the final if it qualifies, which I hope, as the last part was absolutely beautiful.

11. Poland
Vocally not the best performance. The many pyro fountains and the catchy song might distract from it.

12. Malta
Lots of flames at the beginning of this performance, very strange, likely to be a technical mistake. There seems to have been done a lot of work on the lighting of this song as there are now many laser effects. The light show could get the audience to go for this more than we expect now.

After these 6 songs it's time for another break in the greenroom.

13 Hungary
Those were three very intense minutes - very energetic performance as always and it does stand out.

14. Latvia
Still a very theatrical performance as well even though Laura seems to have toned the hair swinging down a bit and that's only for the better. In the bridge she struggles vocally.

15 Sweden.. or maybe not as we switch to the greenroom and then go to:

A very special guest in the press centre today!

Desiree on Mon, 05/07/2018 - 17:53

Earlier today, just before the start of today's first dress rehearsal the press centre was honoured by a very special guest - one of San Marino's robots! Apart from dancing as you can see below, the robot can also speak ánd has a will of its own as first he was a bit shy and wouldn't move, but in the end the gathered press convinced him to give away a special performance.

San Marino second rehearsal

Desiree on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 14:04

Jessika and Jenifer are now wearing what are most likely their stage outfits. Jessika's red as her hair - and Jenifer wears a white jumpsuit with a red thin cardigan over it. The vocals are not on point everywhere, especially in the last chorus. Apart from that, San Marino are doing their best to make us laugh again with the texts on the cards the robots heard - now 'this is just a rehearsal' and 'justice for valentina'. What else will we get?!

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!

San Marino first rehearsal

Desiree on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:07

OK, where to start with San Marino? Jessika is wearing a black cape which is taken off by two dancers, under it she's most likely not yet wearing her stage costume. The robots are back and even got company of a third one, and even better, some signs that cause huge hilarity - saying - "I am not your robot" and "Will you marry me?". Behind them on stage there are many flashing lights.

For the rap part Jenifer joins from under bridge, she looks relaxed but the rap doesn't sound very convincing.
Jessika is supported by backing vocals but it still doesn't sound all too convincing and the choreography by the dancers towards the end is ridiculously cheap. Suited for a workout, but not for a Eurovision stage.

However, huge round applause in the press centre, only not sure whether in the good way....

San Marino First Rehearsal

San Marino continue our third day of rehearsals. A hooded Jessika starts off proceedings with bizarrely, a few toy robots strewn about the stage. They end up becoming quite big stars of the whole proceedings by displaying slogans "I am not your robot" and "Will you marry me?" Two random dancers interspersed, lots of clustered lights and various other distractions before Jenifer raps away. Bonkers as it gets but they may as well give it a go given their place in the betting market and last year's single point in the semi-final that saw them finish bottom of the pile.

San Marino second rehearsal

Desiree on Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:50

Still a good performance from Jimmy Wilson and Valentina Monetta. Both are still in the same clothes as in the first rehearsal. The song is still the biggest question.. not crazy about Valentina's outfit. I could hope that it's not her final outfit but since it matches to Jimmy, it probably is. No issues with the vocals and of course it looks very bright and colourful in the hall!