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Eurovision 2015 – Day 5 Full Rehearsal of Semi Final 1 – LIVE ROLLING BLOG – START 10:20 CET – JUST REFRESH THE PAGE

Eurovision 2015 Semi Final 1

Eurovision 2015 – Day 5 Full Rehearsal of Semi Final 1 – LIVE ROLLING BLOG – START 10:20 CET – JUST REFRESH THE PAGE

It is DAY 5 In the ‘Big Brother’ Eurovision house and Eurovision Ireland will be here for you to whet your appetite for what’s going down, dow low in the old Wiener Stadthalle! We now go back to Semi Final 1 today Friday May 15th and the 16 countries that compete in Semi Final 1 will ALL rehearse for the second time! Will any of them make changes from their first run throughs on Monday and Tuesday? See HERE and HERE

You can follow our LIVE BLOG HERE – You know the drill by now. JUST REFRESH the page for our live updates. We start at 10:20 CET. You are in capable hands of the team for the day – Garrett, John, Elaine, Andrew and Phil (our good friend from ) – So if you want an honest opinion of how the rehearsals are going then tune in here.

What is the Running Order? 

1 – Moldova

2 – Armenia

3 – Belgium

4 – The Netherlands

5 – Finland

6 – Greece

7 – Estonia

8 – Macedonia

9 – Serbia

10 – Hungary

11 – Belarus

12 – Russia

13 – Denmark

14 – Albania

15 – Romania

16 – Georgia

REVIEWS

1 – Moldova

Andrew:

The second rehearsal day and this is looking a lot more slick and polished. Guys and girl are all still dressed as cops and they use the scaffold to the max in their dance routine. The girl is certainly using the sexy card to the max as well and my she is so supple! It’s a good run through and its fun. I am sure this will be remembered enough when it comes to vote to pick up enough to qualify.

Elaine:

Well Moldova will do one of 2 things as the starter to a show. It will make people think WTF?? and turn over in their droves or it will make people think WTF??? -this is hilarious and stay tuned. Either way WTF seems to be the theme.

If you like your police men and women in tight leather hot pants then this is the performance for you. It is irritatingly catchy and I find myself singing and dancing along. The back-flip off of the frame is a tad risky – there was a near “face plant” moment in the first run through but overall it is an enjoyable start to the show.

2 – Armenia

Andrew:

Still looking good here, it’s a polished performance put together really well and vocally all sounds good. This is a vast improvement on what I would have expected and brings a song which was near the bottom for me to a certain qualifier.

Elaine:

Armenia looks very slick and professional. This is one of my favourite stagings this year although I do not like the song. Not much has changed from the first run through and Nicki French still wants her ticking clock dance move back!!!!!

3 – Belgium

Andrew:

Well seems to be a theme this morning. Another slick run through which is a lot better than 1st rehearsal. Choreography has tightened up significantly. Loic looks good all in black now. I find the concept to be a bit weird though maybe just me. But its giving them a better chance of progressing.

Elaine:

The Belgian choreography was much improved today, Having Luïc in his black stage outfit contrasted well with the white background. The whole routine was tighter and looked polished and professional. I am still not sure about the qualification credentials of this song but a definite improvement on Monday’s rehearsal.

4 – The Netherlands

Andrew:

Much much better now. We have a dress change which got a round of applause in its own right. She is wearing a black dress still showing some cleavage and a short leather jacket over it and looks so much better. Sounds good  overall and has brought The Netherlands back into the game. Another run through she switches to a red leather jacket with patterns on it.

John:

Thankfully Trijntje has gone for a new outfit which suits her much better. She switches between a black leather jacket, a patterned red leather jacket, and no leather jacket. I prefer the black one. She has definitely listened to opinion and the Dutch seem a lot more content. The vocal is OK and Trijntje seems more confident. Camera work is lots of close-ups so she’ll need to make sure the make-up is spot on on Tuesday.

5 – Finland

Andrew: Little change here from the 1st rehearsal. Its what it is a rock/punk song that lasts not long at all. I personally hate it and cannot tell if it will have enough to help it qualify.

John:

This still does what it does. A punk song of a typical length sung by a slightly atypical punk band. It bumps along as nicely as a punk song can without too much fanfare. I still think it won’t qualify as the genre is just too niche for a Tuesday night audience. However, the backstory to PKN may generate a bit of interest.

Elaine:

I was in the arena for Finland and it is the same as it has been from day 1. It is not my cup of tea but I know there is an audience out there for this sort of thing. I did however think respect when after doing 5 run throughs they still had 5mins rehearsal time left and said – ah we don’t need it – Bye!!!!

6 – Greece

Andrew:

This is excellent, a quality ballad sung very well indeed. Greece have also upped the game here and certainly have a strong chance to qualify to the Final.

Elaine:

I only saw Greece from the arena but it looked stunning. Maria performs flawlessly and the backdrop is simple and unfussy. Greece should continue their 100% record of getting out of the semi finals.

7 – Estonia

Estonia have tightened up their camera work and it all looks better on screen. Stig is working the camera better and it looks like Elina has changed her dress. I am not getting all the hype but it is a sure qualifier.

John:

This is one of my favourites and remains so. Stig and Elina look the part and there’s that ambiguity on who’s done the wrong thing and who should be apologising. They both almost stand on the shadows on the stage floor and if they can get that right they should be home and dry into the final.

Andrew:

This is pretty much the same as the last rehearsal although they did have some technical issues with some lighting which shortened the time they had to run through.

Watched this in the arena.

8 – Macedonia

We also had a fun interview with Daniel

Phil – I’m back!! – Missed me? – of *course* you did!! – Daniel is all sorts of beige on screen and it’s a beige kinda performance.  It’s all “ok” but nothing spectacular.  I hear there were high hopes for this qualifying but after these twenty minutes of nothingness… i’m not so sure.

Elaine:

Macedonia have polished up their dance routine and it all looks a bit slicker and more rehearsed than it did during the first rehearsal. I love the back drop and I love the song but the whole performance is lacking that “grabs you by the throat and makes you think VOTE FOR ME” aspect. I fear this is now a borderline qualifier and this upsets me as I love it.

Andrew:

The choreography is now a lot slicker and working better. Still sounding good vocally and gives itself a good chance to qualify.
9 – Serbia

Andrew:

Mr. Jazz hands dancer is still in and this is still ticking all the camp boxes. A good solid performance and lots of fun towards the disco bit at the end.

Elaine:

Serbia is fun fun fun! Bojana is really up for it and the tempo change in the song is brilliant. The dancers strip off their white outfits to reveal their colourful ensemble underneath. They were rehearsing with white flags on Tuesday and for the first run through today however they changed to coloured flags in the second run through and in my opinion, they look much better. It takes the KKK resemblance away from the performance.

Love this :-)#

Phil : Oh lord… Camp as a holiday in Butlins it’s Carry on Eurovision! – To me it didn’t need to be ruined by the staging of the song, but that it RTS’ call I guess, but to me they have called it badly wrong.  It’ll be on clip shows for years as “high camp Eurovision” and thats a bad thing as far as I am concerned.  I suspect it knows its audience but…..

10 – Hungary

Phil : When you follow it with this, you can see why it’s not qualifying.  Boggie will calm everyone down with her quiet little understated song about being a fighter.  It’s not all about being a warrior, it’s about the message and boy does she get this across.  The understated performance is all about the message.  She looks calm and confident in her own skin and song and just simply presents the song.  This should qualify safely.  Not sure it will, but if the stars align…….

Andrew:

Again this is getting better and better on each run through. Definite qualifier for me.

11 – Belarus

Andrew:

Performance is much the same as rehearsal 1 and there is not a lot wrong with it. But it is not giving me the right feelings and is not really screaming qualifier at me right now.

12 – Russia

Andrew:

This is superb. Nothing wrong with it at all. It has everything you need to persuade people to vote for it. I would not be surprised if this won this Semi Final which gives it a great chance to win the whole shebang.

John:

This is dangerous. Very dangerous. All of the right ingredients are there for a good result. Polina can sing and holds the notes well. The staging is very good, with lots of white, plenty of swirling patterns and a nice globe to finish. And no trees. And it’s an uplifting number that ticks all the ‘let’s get on with each other’ boxes. As I say, it’s dangerous and a serious contender to win.

13 – Denmark

John:

I watched this one from the arena and it came across OK and got a good reception. It’s not a last place, but I don’t think it’s a winner either. The shuffle-pop band thing is what the Danes do very well, and the youngsters from Anti Social Media are very enthusiastic. On another viewing on the press centre screen it’s OK. Nothing special, but just there to sell the song without too many bells and whistles.

Andrew:

Again not a lot wrong with this one, it’s a stand out song and should qualify. But this is a cut throat Semi with 6 ex Soviet countries and the likes of Denmark could fall victim to a Soviet bloc vote en mass.
14 – Albania

Elhaida knows how to rock a caped jacket like I did as a child when pretending to be a superhero and I don’t mean like Måns Zelmerlöw. There is something effortless about this song and performance from Elhaida. The simplicity of the somg and the staging make this one that your sit up and listen to especially coming after the Beatles tribute act from Denmark.

Authentic is the word I use and the one I think the jury will use too. The catchy hook in the chorus should see this song hopefully get into the Grand Final

15 – Romania

‘Pack Up Your troubles’ with the sea of suit cases that are awash on the Eurovision Stage. It looks a little like ‘Deal or No Deal’ with the volume turned down. Will the banker give you a good deal on your case?

The message of this song will resonate with a lot of people and let’s face it – Most of Europe have experienced people leaving home over the past 5 years or so going to countries where you could get a job. Though not one of my own personal favourites I can see this scoring well with the more mature voter and jury member as opposed to the teen vote.

Romania have a 100% qualification record in the modern Semi Final era and I would not discount it. Would I be devastated if this did not qualify no. If this qualified over say Serbia – you would have one VERY annoyed man who has just gotten out of hospital and would probably end up back in A&E with heart failure

16 – Georgia

Well Well Well – What can I say about our pint sized ‘Warrior’. She is utterly AMAZING! How she inhabits the huge stage both vocally and physically is amazing! The atmospheric lighting at the start is like the dawning of a super natural being. Then when the chorus comes in you have – as Tyra Banks would say – One Fierce Woman!

If you want a song that could be a commercial hit from a singer that looks at ease on an International stage then this for me is your song! Powerful, energetic, moody and totally modern – this song has to go through or I am going to have one serious tantrum and I will have several hundred other ‘Warriors’ from the Press Centre following me. Forget about the Power Rangers, Forget about The Averngers – We have NINA and that is more than enough for me. She of #FAB!

So there you have our reviews and videos for the day. What songs were you happy with? What ones disappointed you? What ones surprised you?

Let us know.

Author : Eurovision Ireland Team

Source : Eurovision Ireland

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