Today’s rehearsals kick off at 11:00 local time, 8:00CET, and will feature the second-half of acts from Semifinal 2! Today will see Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Georgia, Turkey, Estonia, Slovakia, Norway, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Lithuania hit the stage for their very first rehearsal in the Baku Crystal Hall.
First on stage this morning was the very talented, and very young, Eva Boto! The track Verjamem was penned by Vladimir Grajic, the composer of the winning Eurovision entry for Serbia, ‘Molitva’, in 2007. The track is similar, in the fact it’s a slow tempo-ed ballad, coloured by various instruments. Eva is looking beautiful on stage with a puffy white dress and is accompanied by five female backing vocalists. Overall the performance is sung and presented very elegantly.
Next on stage is Nina from Croatia with her power ballad ‘Nebo’! For the Croatian presentation this year, the wind machine is in full drive, with a big white sheet being used to full effect behind the performers. Nina is dressed in a black dress and is joined by three female backing singers plus two male dancers. The performance is vocally solid, but leaves something to be desired.
The Swedish delegation did a great job in preparing Loreen for Baku. After her great success in Melodi Festivalen, the biggest challenge was to keep the close and cosy atmosphere as much in tact as possible. And they succeeded in that. Except from the first two seconds, not a single wide shot is used. Leave alone the vocal performance from Loreen being just as good as it was months ago.
Anri Jochadze takes over the stage! Anri is accompanied by four female dancers. The Georgian artist starts his performance from the catwalk, singing all alone the solo part of the song. The stage is dimmed with lively colours and the performance is quiet energetic.
Can Bonomo is next on stage. The Turkish representative is accompanied by five male dancers. The colours of the backround are mostly red and the screens are full of hearts, waves and anchors. The choreography is very good and vocally, Can, makes a good impression.
Next on stage is Ott Lepland. The Estonian artist gave a great vocally performance. The stage is dimmed with mostly dark colours plus a female dancer is also on stage. The backround screens illustrate flower petals that are moving all around in the backround screens.
Max Jason Mai is next on stage! Max appears in the center of the stage with a cap and sun glasses. The Slovakian singer is accompanied by three guitarists with hoods, dressed in black and a drummer dressed in white. The backround screens illustrate metal structures. “Don’t close your eyes” is the one and only hard rock entry of this years Eurovision Song Contest.
Next on stage is Tooji from Norway. Tooji is accompanied on stage by two female and two male dancers and his performance is similar with the one in the Norwegian national final. The choreography is strong and the stage is dimmed in dark red colours.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Maya is next on stage with her piano ballad ‘Korake Ti Znam’. As expected, Maya begins the performance behind her piano and gives a strong vocal performance. Halfway through the song Maya leaves the piano and gives a vocally strong conclusion to the song. The presentation is not very original, but it’s a very classy presentation of ‘Korake Ti Znam’ on stage.
Last today and the conclusion of rehearsals of semifinal two is Donny from Lithuania! Staying true to the national final performance, Donny begins the performance on stage blindfolded. Halfway through the song, accompanied by some impressive moves by Donny, the blindfold comes off and Donny belts out the last half of the song. Donny sings well, but the performance could do with a bit more movement overall.