Belarus First Rehearsal

Well the biggest reaction of the day so far, doesn't come from Israel's performance but surprisingly, for Belarus. Donning the most bizarre wardrobe seen in recent years - a ripped shirt that looks as if he lost a fight with a Rotteweiler - Alekseev took the stage, rose in hand and then deposited it on the camera for it to then make its journey to his female dancer dressed in red trails...she then returned the rose to him via bow and once fired, it attached comically to his hand, before the end of the song we saw him turn around to expose a heavily made-up open back covered in fake blood and goodness knows what else. It seemed the laughs in the Press Centre were a mix of disbelief and hilarity. Vocals were generally sound though. It certainly wins so far on sheer entertainment value...