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1st Rehearsals of the 2nd Semi part 2 - Ukraine is back and Bulgaria tries hard

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 5, 2016 at 5:30 AM

It's the 4th day of rehearsal, but still the first day for many delefations step into the Globe and run their first experience on stage. 8 countries will be today in the arena.


Slovenia started with their happy song red and blue. The stage is strong in red and blue colours. ManuElla is flirting a lot with the camera and the audience at home. Only the pole dancer at the end didn't work during the first rehearsal. For sure that the slovenian delegation will work on that.

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The next country was the favorite Bulgaria. The staging is powerfull, the performance simple but very good. The dance moves are supported by a multiplied dancer on the screens. And for sure there is also some good old eurovision features with pieces of the clothes lighting up at the end. Anyhow it looks modern a quite cool. And Bulgaria is one of the less countries showing the background singers, even being at the end, they don't hide them, like all the other countries.

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Denmark needed three starts to be able to run the first of the rehearsals. There were sound issues with one of the singers. Denmark's staging stays like at the national final. Simple. It fits to the three guys and to the song. So let's see how the voting will be for Denmark. Being so simple it is already outstanding again comparing with a lot of other participations this year.

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Ukraine is always doing good at eurovision an also this year they are back with a strong singer and song. There were a lot of discussions before including Russia sending complaints to the EBU. Now Jamala is now on stage and there was no doubt about the good vocal performance of her. The doubt, if there was any, was about the staging... This colourful and creative backgrounds of the stage brought a spontaneous and loud applaus in the press center.

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The Icebreaker from Norway is in the row of the basic lighting show on stage. Just one dancer, thats it. The song, which seams like being two songs in one, due to the two different tempos, works well on that stage. Playing a bit with smoke and air fountains. The singer is working very well with the cameras and once again Norway is on his way to the final.

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Maybe the surprise of the day was Georgia, maybe because the expectation was so low, maybe because they just did well. A rock song with crazy screen sharing views and colourful lightnings. Every year there is a kind of freaky or crazy performance, which is a kind of "must" in the final. Maybe it is Georgia getting this role this year.

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Albania is always one of the first countries choosing the song. This year it was almost the last one to be on stage for the rehearsal. One more of the simple performances using lights, noraml effects. Let's see if the fairytale will continue.


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Belgium sends a uptempo song to eurovision. Not being one of the favorites of this year the Laura Team did a really good job preparing a good performance. So not about playing with to many special effects, just about using good old stuff to get points. Let's see how it works.

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So now all semi final countries have been known. And once again it will be a diverse performance and song combination... thats what Eurovision is about.




Categories: Eurovision 2016, Special Report, Bulgaria

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