Eurovision 2016 – Day 8 Jury Dress Rehearsal Semi Final 1 LIVE ROLLING BLOG – START 2100 CET- JUST REFRESH
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The Running Order is as Follows
And we zoom in on the Globen and a Melodifestivalen inspired performance of Mans and Heroes.
We then have an opening title sequence, which replaces the butterfly from 2013 with the dandelion of this year.
Mans and Petra make a good comedy pair by making us laugh in the Press Centre. Their linguistic skills aren’t too bad neither!
A fun and happy upbeat start to the semi final proceedings. This will keep the audience hooked for the evening – it’s just a shame the outfit hasn’t been changed from the Sky Blue creation we’ve seen time and time again. Borderline qualifier for me at the moment.
Greece has never failed to make the final. This year I am struggling to grow attached to what is essentially a mix of English rap, English pop, heavily influenced by Greek ethnic elements. There is no doubt they put on a show and the backdrop certainly incorporates the Rising Sun element. I can see Greece missing their first final unfortunately.
Lidia has transformed her outfit for the dress rehearsals and can possibly be seen as the remains of the San Marino Junior Eurovision dress from 2015. The astronaut is not Ovi from Romania, much to some peoples angst – however not really a surprise. The staging is dark blue and black to match the dress – actually the whole performance works. Qualifier.
Freddie, a drummer and three backing singers are all on the stage. Freddie really does tower over the others on stage, giving it 100% in the performance, if not more. In terms of staging, it is similar to Moldova, apart from the Blue lighting is replaced with Red. I don’t see Hungary worrying in terms of qualification.
Nina certainly knows how to stun, wearing the same strange over cloak thing in her previous rehearsals. Once ripped off by the two male assistants, it reveals a stunning silver/white ball gown which has reflective elements just like a lighthouse. With this and the blue lighting/stage, it portrays a lighthouse the middle of a sea. It really works. Qualifier.
Small Interval interlude for adverts – but our dear friend Emma features in a little sketch.
What can I say about one of the early favourites. It’s staging is Irish band/pub set up, which gives it a country element. The ten second gap in the centre of the song which is suppose to get reaction from the crowd really doesn’t work and has possibly ruined its chances of qualifying with the juries. SAD FACE
With this dark and moody performance, Iveta is a stunner in all forms and knows how to put on a show. Technically what you will see on your screens is more than what we see in the arena. Money has been thrown at this staging – the question is, can Armenia out qualify Russia?
Let the glitterballs spin!!! What is there not to dislike about Serhat and “I Didn’t Know”. Serhat is dressed in a maroon suit with matching hat. This oozes campness throughout and this is a fan favourite. The problem will be around qualification and the juries not taking a liking to it.
Sergey is dressed completely in black and gives a competent performance. My concern is that he will have in the back of his mind that full in his first set of rehearsals. Technically, the performance is stunning, however I still feel there are too many elements involved for it to win. Qualifier.
A complete contrast to what we’ve just seen and what is ahead next. Gabriela performs “I Stand” which is an understated song that works. Plenty of dazzling purple/pink triangle patterns on the screens. For the sake of Gabriela, I do believe this deserves to qualify and be the Czech Republic’s first Finalist.
Get ready to rock folks. Cages and a lot of dry ice create the setting for this entry – mixed in with howling wolves. Welcome back proper rock to the contest for the first time since Lordi. This is just your average Eurovision entry really… Well ok, but it is a sure qualifier.
Poor old Zoe misses her treadmill during this performance. With the brightness of the backdrop, I still believe Zoe is lost on the stage. I really want this entry to do well, but the way it is been staged won’t help its qualification chances.
Juri builds on his first lot of rehearsals here in a Casino Royale setting on the stage in Stockholm. As I said previously, it’s so much better than his National Final performance, but is a bit nicey-nicey for me. It’s the weakest of the three Baltic entries and is definitely a borderline qualifier.
The Land of Fire is here and fire is certainly produced from all angles of the back screen depending on finger pointing. With a gold microphone in hand and golden jumpsuit – could this Miracle prove another victory? Probably not with this slightly out of tune attempt, but probably a qualifier.
This is a scream fest to start off with and then a sort-of tune suddenly appears with words. Another rock entry in this semi final, but unlike Cyprus, this really doesn’t hook you in. For me, I cant see Montenegro qualifying – a first for a couple of years.
Iceland takes the use of Mans’ screen and expands it across the rest of the stage backdrop to put together a dramatic staging – at times making it even look 3D. This dark and eerie entry is brilliant and has a story behind it – see our interview with Greta from last week. This should sail through to the final and a potential top 5 finish.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
The story about the refugee crisis is portrayed excellellently throughout this performance. We even had barbed wire separating the two singers for around two thirds of the performance, giving that extra bit of emotion throughout. Once the rap mode kicks in, the two singers #ComeTogether. Depending on how viewers take this, its a borderline qualifier.
Up until this year, clips of Big 5 and the host country were shown in the semi final, but as of this year, three will perform in each Jury Semi live, with an extended highlights package shown in the live Semi Final. Tonight we are treated to France, Spain and Sweden. But before this change in proceedings, we have another Interval Act.
This is a dance troupe which is suppose to signify the refugee crisis that has effected Europe over the last year or so. Some see this as controversial, but I won’t spoil this for you – so tune in tomorrow night to see this special performance and let us know what you think by all our social media sites by clicking on the links to go.
Even though Amir isn’t judged on his performance tonight, he needs to come across well for the juries. There is just something at the moment that doesn’t say I’m a winner – considering he is the favourite. I can’t really say a lot else at this moment in time – sorry folks. I’m as disappointed as much as you are.
Barei brings fun and groovy actions to the stage. I’m glad this has already been handed the second half in the running order. This will do well, as long as if Belgium qualifies, it’ll be placed in the opposite half of the running order.
Here comes the teenage heartthrob that the girls around the continent will be voting for. He oozes the bad boyfriend image that mothers will dread if he was a first boyfriend for their daughter – we’re sure he isn’t that bad though! He has proven tonight why he is a potential winner and the crowd are going mad for him.
Dummy Qualifiers were announced tonight in the rehearsal. These were: Azerbaijan, Austria, Estonia, The Netherlands, San Marino, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Armenia, Hungary and Russia.
Thank you joining me, Richard, for another blog here in Stockholm. #JoinUs again on Wednesday when Roy and Lisa will be in the chair to guide you through a rehearsal each.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland
All Photos courtesy of Eurovision.tv
Thomas Hanses (EBU)