Day 4 review

Desiree on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:01

So all semi-finalists have rehearsed once now. Today we got to see the second half of the second semi-final, starting off with some of the songs that are not viewed as the biggest candidates for the top positions this year. San Marino comes across professional, both singers are good performers but the song is still a big question mark. Croatia was completely over the top, in my opinion it looks great but it's still a very cheesy song, might do better than we all think (and maybe hope?) but it could also be disregarded for being just too much.

When it comes to Norway, Estonia and Lithuania - they gave similar performances to the national final, solid for what it is but maybe not enough to stand out. Disappointments for me were Bulgaria which feels a bit cold but has some really nice graphics and Israel where a lot more can be done with the choreography, as long as the vocals are kept into account as well.

I can't say too much about Switzerland as we have hardly seen it, it's colourful and bright but maybe a bit too much. Then finally to my highlight of today, Belarus. Songwise it stands out for me being sincere, happy, upbeat, warm and it was so much better on stage than I had imagined it would be.

So from tomorrow I will spend a lot of time in the hall as the second rehearsals begin and we can see and hear what it sounds like from there. I'm excited, can't wait so stay tuned for tomorrow!

Israel First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 15:22

I really like the first 30 seconds of Feel Alive's staging. Imri has the superstar looks and introduces himself with some very polished camerawork, from two different perspectives.
Unfortunately it falls apart a little after that. It seems like he's not getting enough vocal backup. And the choreography isn't anything special, which is unfortunate because he is clearly a very good dancer.

Estonia First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 14:39

I really like the monochrome stage visuals for Verona.
They had a similar concept in Eesti Laul, but this looks much bigger.
The backdrop shows a light fountain.

What I don't understand is the choreography. Is Koit just getting a bit confused with where to stand on the stage or are they literally trying to communicate they are lost in Verona?

Belarus First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:28

Ok, so Belarus have a flying boat, sort of, as the boat is not really flying but the backdrop LED creates that impression.
Fun performance, the two have excellent chemistry and the staging looks less static than what we have seen from them before. Vocals are also good.
I'm not sure I understand the relation between staging and theme of the song.

Norway First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:50

Norway is a very cool and relaxed performance.
The scrambling video effect known from MGP seems to be a work in progress, not sure what went wrong there, but we even lost the signal once.
All in all I believe Norway played a little too safe here, by just replicating their NF staging. But it should qualify because the song is credible and modern.

Croatia First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:23

Jacques Houdek is a very secure vocalist and the schizophrenic elements of his song are caught from different camera angle shots. I feel like they could have done a bit more to make this entry fun, but they probably don't want to be considered a novelty entry, so one should respect that.
The imagery of sunflowers and rainbow gives the performance a cheesy touch, but also provides uplifiting sense of feel-good.

San Marino First Rehearsal

ChrisB on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 08:16

Valentina is back and brought Jimmie Wilson with her. The two are harmonizing quite well, and the press centre is clapping along.
Visually it looks like an eurovision entry from more than a decade ago. Valentina has a handbag with her and is wearing a glittery cap. But that is how you go clubbing in San Marino I suppose. Charming.