Zala and Gasper impressed almost everybody in their first rehearsal so the expectations are high. Zala had some problems with her earpiece, sounded a bit weak and looked distracted. Maybe somebody went last night to an Independence Day party and partied too hard...
Slovenia has one of the most unique and enchanting songs this year. Zala and Gašper are on the stage by themselves. They are wearing white outfits, much like they had in the national final. The atmosphere is intimate and spacey video art works very well with the mellow melody and dreamy singing and production. Video art is also featured on the floor. Nothing much going on stage, it's a very minimal stage performance, as it should be. Vocals are on point, and I was thinking for a second I was listening to the studio version. Would love to see them in the final.
Omar returning to Eurovision for Slovenia after 12 years. And I quite like what I'm seeing here. It's a very musical theatre like performance and the song is certainly not everyone's cup of tea. Vocals in the second runthrough weren't pitch perfect, but as long as he hits the notes on the night of the semi, Slovenia might finish a little higher than most of us anticipated. Still borderline at the moment.
ManuElla from Slovenia gets to open the first rehearsal of day 4.
Her outfit has changed from the national final. She is now wearing a long white dress with black touches and long split. The biggest change is of course the revamped song, which opens now with a slightly different opening than its original. That's a pretty high note to sing first thing in the morning. Vocals are good and keep getting better as the song progresses.
As many songs, the backdrop is mainly blue and red during the verses, which is the only fitting colours for this song really. I really think SVT have to rethink the backdrop used for a lot of countries, but this blue and red scheme is getting very annoying now. Not a criticism to Slovenian delegation team however. Bonus point is however that in the chorus, the backdrop has several stills of ManuElla's eyes featured.
In terms of the act, ManuElla is on the stage alone for most of the time, but she's joined halfway through by the Danish acrobat Jannik Baltzer Hattel, who's basically twisting his body around a pole. Not entirely sure what it exactly adds to the message of the song though.
In the third run, pyros have been added to the performance, which kick in during the key change. Those are all around the stage by the way.
Pretty good first rehearsal.
Hannah is 2nd artist in a row who uses the satellite stage. It puzzles me why. She starts on the main stage with 3 Maestro dancers jumping around her. It is a typical Eurovision choreography. A lot of flashing lights, blue colours. Hannah is in leather and looks good. Sings good too. In mid of the song she is moving to the satellite stage with dancers and they do some acrobatics there. She is then returning to the main stage. A disaster recipe really. The walking is always-always mess on the screen. Just stay somewhere on one of stages ppl.