Editorial: First & Second Rehearsals – Day 6

Photo by: Andres Putting / EBU

A couple of hours ago, the first 11 acts – two of the first semifinal and nine of the second – rehearsed for the second time at the Expo Tel Aviv. Today, was also the first rehearsal of the Big 5 + Israel.

Note: For my first reaction check the previous editorials (Days 2-3).

  • Second Rehearsals

Greece 🇬🇷

Wow! Katerine has perfect vocals and the whole staging is amazing! I love the song, I love the vocals, I love the graphics!

San Marino 🇸🇲

Such a happy song, but it is sad how small countries of Eurovision, most of the times are underrated!

Armenia 🇦🇲

The second time on stage was much better for Sbruk. Although, I don’t like very much the outfit.

Ireland 🇮🇪

Still on the same page for Ireland. I cannot believe that is on the bottom of the odds for the second semi.

Moldova 🇲🇩

I agree with my first reaction and I can see it on the final.

Switzerland 🇨🇭

Well… I have developed an idea about Switzerland. As I look more closely into the appearance, I believe that has a lot in common with Cyprus’ 2018 appearance. However, as much as Eleni killed it, I don’t like Luca’s attempt.

Latvia 🇱🇻

I like the Latvian song, but I’m not a huge fun! The entry is more likely to not be on the top-10 of the night.

Romania 🇷🇴

This song feels a little bit awkward. Ester’s movements, the underwater graphics and even the guitarist.

Denmark 🇩🇰

Love is forever! The song is so cute and so is Leonora. I don’t think that is going to win, but it’s a good effort.

Sweden 🇸🇪

Nothing change for John today.

Austria 🇦🇹

One of this year’s surprises is the Austrian song. Today, I liked it even more.

  • First Rehearsals

Israel 🇮🇱

More people on stage than I thought. The song makes me think of a single man singing and that’s all… all by himself. With this said, I understand completely why Kobi’s appearance ends with a close up on him.

France 🇫🇷

The hair was longer than I expected… very longer! I liked the graphics and certainly the whole “Be Yourself” theme. I’m not a huge fan of the song but ok!

Spain 🇪🇸

Love it! Since day one, “La Venda” may not be my favourite from OT’s Eurovision Gala, but I still love it. The power of the song and the non-stop movement of Miki suits the song perfectly. I heard it in January and until today I still hear it on replay (hi Tamta! 👋). Nice job from Spain. Someone spent their budget wisely.

Italy 🇮🇹

Mahmood gave us a nice first rehearsal, but simple. I think is nice. I have to admit that wasn’t one of my favourites when it was selected, but now I like it!

United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Michael’s song has a very nice meaning. “Cause I can feel the universe when I’m feeling you breathe”. It’s sad if you think that it will be probably one of the underrated songs.

Germany 🇩🇪

Last but not least, Germany. Female empowerment. One of the three feminists songs of the contest I can think. I like the graphics… the changes in the photos are really nice, although I don’t like the emptiness of the stage.

That was my opinion about the second rehearsals of the first and second semifinal and the first rehearsals of the Big 5 + Israel. Tomorrow, the rest of the second semifinal’s countries – Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, Norway, The Netherlands, North Macedonia and Azerbaijan – will perform their songs for the second time on the Eurovision stage.

What do you think about the second rehearsals? What do you think about Big-5 and Israel’s first rehearsals? What are your favourite and your least favourite act so far? Let us know on the comment box below!

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