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Liveblog: Press Conferences 14 may

Today, we will have Press Conferences again for the Eurovision Song Contest. We will keep you updated about them all the time. 15:31 Jesper Groth van Fyr & Flamme legt uit dat ze in het Deens zingen omdat ze dat zo fantastisch vonden aan het oude songfestival: dat was net een ansichtkaart uit ieder land. De mannen zeggen geïnspireerd te zijn door de muziek van eind jaren 70. Dat was niet een speciaal zo bedoeld geluid, maar door het schrijven ontstond dat zo. De heren geven aan dat ze alleen maar door het songfestival geïnspireerd zijn. Ze vinden de sfeer fantastisch. Ze waren ook nog erg onder de indruk dat ze een ooievaar gezien hadden. Een nieuw album zal waarschijnlijk in het Deens zijn, maar ze sluiten helemaal niet uit dat het anders wordt.  15:06 Gjon’s Tears is satisfied with the second rehearsal. He is happy that the team is heading in the right direction. Gjon’s Tears says about his clothes that he likes to work with people he knows. He thinks it is important to give Swiss talent a chance. He collaborated with Sacha Jean Baptiste on the staging. He says it has changed something in him. He thought he couldn’t dance but she convinced him to do it anyway. Gjon’s Tears is happy to have people around him who change him. He is talking about melody and text: he lives from melody, but in this case the message of “Tout l’univers” is in the text. He adds that he is not only here as a singer, but that he is also active here as a composer and lyricist. That is his livelihood. Gjon talks a lot because he says: people listen to me here. That may not be the case in five years. He was happy that his style is immediately recognized in his song.  14.49 Samanta Tina from Latvia sings a song by the Russian group A-Studio. Samanta speaks of the different roles she has: at home she is a mother, a sister and a daughter. As a teenager she was searching. She has participated in national finals for a long time and often. It brought her to tears when she first came on stage. She indicates that she would like to participate again if she gets the chance, just to experience it again. She doesn’t know yet in which genre she will sing. It is different every time she is on stage, so looking ahead is not her forte. She doesn’t want to be framed, she likes to mix genres. What she does know is that if she returns to the Eurovision song contest that it will be as a singer and not as a composer. “The stage is my place,” says Samanta.  13.12 The second rehearsal of the Finnish band Blind Channel went well, pyrothechnics are added, and the gentlemen do not care anymore if something goes wrong, for example if someone has to vomit during the performance. It’s rock ‘n’ roll. They think representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest is cool because they show what Finland is good at: rock. They also like being number 1 in the Finnish charts, but they actually want to be number 1 everywhere in Europe. Presenting themselves as Finnish rockers all over Europe is something they like even more. For the grunt at the end, they got advise from Lordi (ESC 2006): he opens his voice with Pepsi Cola and chocolate. Yet they don’t just listen to rock songs. A favorite Eurovision song they mention is “Euforia”. They don’t want to cover that song though; they would like to work with Loreen. Beforehand they had heard negative stories about the Eurovision song contest in Finland, but they especially like it very much. They do what they have been doing for eight years: perform.  12.47 VIKTORIA indicates that there are still some small things to be done about light and camera work. The delegation leader adds that these are very normal little things and thanks the people of the technology for their work. She tells about her father, who can be seen in the photo in the act, that he has ALS and therefore cannot be there to support her. When he saw the photo he burst into tears. VIKTORIA says to be very careful and to stay in her hotel room. The most important thing for her is to be able to perform here. The team used the time to write a new song, among other things. The subject is uncertainty and confidence in yourself and your own personality. Her personal victory (= viktoria) would be if she could make good contact with the audience and get the message across. Her inspiration often comes from movie soundtracks.  12.22 The members of The Black Mamba wrote their song about a woman from Amsterdam. They themselves have no clear memory of Amsterdam for reasons that they will not go into further. They very much hope that the woman will recognize herself in the lyrics. But they met the woman in The Bulldog, a coffee shop in Amsterdam. Perhaps that says something. They like to be called hypnotic, just like the snake after which they are named they like to hypnotize their audience. They then administer their positive poison. The Black Mamba does feel some pressure now that they are seen as “dark horse”, but they also say: they are just numbers. At the end of the press conference, the members of the group sing another song.  11.58 The rehearsal of Albanian Anxhela Peristeri went very well. The first is a bit more to explore the stage a bit. She indicates that she has learned here that an experience like the Eurovision song contest changes you in a positive way. She says she now knows she was born to sing. She likes the way she is treated in the Netherlands. She enjoys it. They spend a lot of time in the hotel room but have a good time together

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Liveblog 2nd Rehearsals Semi Final 2

Also today we follow the second rehearsals in Ahoy Rotterdam. We keep you live updated. In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists. Photo & Videocredits: EBU 13:55 – Denmark The guys from Fyr og Flamme perform a cozysong in Danish, which would have done well in the 80s. The gentlemen are not lacking in enthusiasm. Vocally, there could still be some finishing touches. With a 27th place in the polls it will be a just yes/ just no qualification for the final.   13.30 – Switzerland Gjon’s Tears once again puts on a rehearsal that is rock solid. Although opinions about the staging (busy, messy) are very divided, we see a total picture that suits Gjon and his song. Final? Without any doubt. Top 5? Most likely yes. Winner? Who knows.   13.05 – Latvia Samanta Tina is dressed in green, just like her background singers (with mudguards). With a song like this you expect a bit more spectacle in terms of dance and visuals. Actually, that doesn’t happen at any time. Samanta has a strong voice, nothing wrong there. Whether it is all enough for a place in the final is doubtful.     11.40 – Finland Everything you can expect from a rock act passes in review … x 10. Blind Channel rocks with devotion, and with red-colored middle fingers through the three minutes. With an 11th place in the polls, we will certainly see them back in the big Final.   11.15 – Bulgaria In a beautiful setting (Victoria is standing on a platform in the water) she sings her powerful ballad. Quiet, modest and full of conviction. With a 6th place in the polls, we will certainly see Bulgaria in the final   10.50 – Portugal The Black Mamba starts again in a black and white setting. And as during the 1st rehearsal, Pedro Tatanka sings as if it is all very easy. A calm, restrained act and staging, relaxed and full of conviction. Will Portugal provide a surprise? Who knows. In any case, they allready have a scoop , since it is the first time that a Portuguese participant sings in English. A place in the final is certainly possible .   10.25 Albania Anxhela is alone on the stage. Just like during the first rehearsal, vocals are fine. The graphics in the background are more organized. Anxhela is one of the few who sings in her own language. In a nutshell, her song is about how she used to laugh when someone was in trouble, and now that she’s in trouble herself, another laughs. She certainly has problems in terms of ranking in the polls; 37th place. We will most likely not see Albania in the final either.   10.00 – Georgia Tornike is alone on stage in jeans and a white shirt. The setting is sober. The lyrics of his song are projected in the background and on his head when he is seated. Vocals are very okay,  and yet it does not get through. He looks rather angry, but that may have to do with his ranking in the polls; very last. We suspect that the Eurovision adventure for Georgia will end after Thursday.      

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Recap 1st Rehearsals Big 5 and The Netherlands

Today we have watched the first rehearsals of Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Spain. In our opinion the most impressive rehearsal was from Barbara Pravi from France, closely followed by Italy and the Netherlands. United Kingdom and Germany both had an okay  first rehearsal. Spain still has some work to be done. 

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1st Rehearsal Spain.

Blas Cantó starts his act, dressed in black, without music. He is alone on stage with a starry sky and moon in the background. Blas does not impress. Appears insecure, and this does not benefit his voice. There is work to be done for Spain. In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists Photo Credits: EBU

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1st Rehearsal United Kingdom

James Newman stands on a platform between two huge trumpets. He is dressed in black and wearing a long leather jacket. He is assisted on stage by 4 dancers in white. The act is cheerful and dynamic. Vocally, James is not completely stable in the bass. In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists Photo Credits: EBU    

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1st Rehearsal France. Barbara owns the stage!

Barbara Pravi is alone on stage in black pants and tank top, in a sober setting. Only 1 spotlight is on her. Not much is happening in the background, visual birds just fly through the image for a moment. The action and chemistry comes from Barbara herself. Her singing is amazing. She radiates dynamism and self-confidence. For the 2nd time today we asked ourselves: Did we just look at the winner of the festival? In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists Photo Credits: EBU

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1st Rehearsal The Netherlands. Jeangu Macrooy impresses.

Jeangu is dressed in a blue suit. There are also 3 backings on stage, including his brother Xillan. The background is colorful, with the text “You won’t break me” Jeangu appears confident and relaxed. Singing and dancing are an excellent match for the song, and are rock solid. Jeangu did not very well in the polls so far. We are curious if this will change in the coming days. In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists Photo Credits: EBU

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The Roop wants a yellow world tomorrow

Tomorrow, friday may 14, Lithuanian band The Roop wants everybody to colour the world yellow. This is what they stated on their instagram: Important message! We need your support! On Friday, May 14, we are announcing Yellow Wave Day! The greatest support and support is the unification of Lithuanians (and not only) all over the world. This is the day when everyone concentrates on sharing the THE ROOP song, video clip, photos on their social networks with the hashtags #LithuaniaGoesYellow and #Eurovision. This will spread the word about the world and introduce Lithuanian representatives to the competition. And in the evening of the same day, 8 p.m. (Lithuanian time), we invite everyone to play the discoteque song in their homes, yards, cars and start the biggest disco on Earth!” So people….. let’s get yellow! in cooperation with Eurovision Artists photo credits: EBU

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1st Rehearsal Germany. Wiggeling middlefinger on stage

Jendrik is dressed in a pink jacket and blue pants. He is assisted by 4 musicians / dancers, 1 of which is dressed as a “wiggeling middlefinger”. The background is successively blue, alternated with text blocks. The act is colorful, happy, busy and energetic, just like the song. Vocals are fine. The question is if  this will be very successful. In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists Photo Credits: EBU

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1st Rehearsal Italy. Måneskin rocks!

Måneskin’s lead singer, Damiano David, is dressed in silver pants, with a bare-chested. The drummer is placed on a platform. The lighting is mainly red and busy, which suits this rock act perfectly. You love it or you don’t, but this is a great rock act.  Is a top 5 listing possible? In Cooperation with Eurovision Artists. Photo Credits: EBU

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