Today’s rehearsals kick off at 11:00 local time, 8:00CET, and will feature the second-half of acts from Semifinal one! Today will see Israel, San Marino, Cyprus, Denmark, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Moldova and Ireland hit the stage for their very first rehearsal in the Baku Crystal Hall.
The first country to rehearse today is Israel! The band Izabo is on stage performing “Time”. The stage is dimmed red and on the backround screens there are some clocks of different shapes. Vocally, the performance was good but not that energetic.
Valentina is the next artist to perform today. Four dancers which are holding a camera, a guitar and an iPad are dancing together with the San Marinese artist on stage. We saw what is Valentinas outfits right before the rehearsal started. Valentina and her dancers will wear college blue clothes with a white stripe.
Ivi from Cyprus is up next on stage! The vocalist, Elena Patroklou, is replaced by the composer of “La La Love” – Bjorn Djupstrom. In the first performance of Ivi we couldn’t see any choreography; the theme remains as it was in the official video clip of the entry. We saw the pink dresses on the hangers of the Cypriot team! Ivi is accompanied on stage by four female dancers. Vocals and choreography were great!
Soluna is next on stage! Solunas performance looks like the one in the Danish national final. The colours of the backround screen are blue in the beggining and then dark blue and pink. Soluna vocally is great! In the chorus the backround screens include moving skies of different colours.
Buranovskiye Babushki are on stage! The grannies are performing their entry just like the Russian national final. The performance and their moves are very steady. The stage is dimmed with dark colours and the grannies are wearing red traditional dresses.
The Hungarian group Compact Disco are taking over the stage. The lead singer used the catwalk before the second chorus of the song. The stage is dimmed with mainly dark colous while the screen on the backround is showing hearts and circles in many shapes. Vocally the performance stands out good.
Trackshittaz is next on stage! The band is accompanied on by three female dancers which are dancing on the pole. The members of the group joined the pole in the second chorus of the song. The stage is dimmed with dark colours. The dancing routine looks good but we were expecting it more lively.
‘Lautar’ is the next song to be rehearsed, sung by Pasha Parfeny from Moldova! The song was composed by Alex Brashoveanu, the composer of Moldova’s entry back in 2007 – Fight! Pasha’s vocals are on point in the first rehearsal and he is joined on stage by five female backing dancers and singers. Overall the presentation is good, but the choreography could be improved!
Capping off the rehearsals of semifinal one is Jedward with their upbeat entry ‘Waterline’! The lads are dressed up once again in shiny/glittery jackets accompanied by black pants and of course their signature hair-do! Once again Jedward are joined on stage by four singers and take care of the choreography of the performance themselves. Their performance features a water-fountain prop which later on the duo stands in. Once again a fun Eurovision performance by Jedward, which looks like it’s definitely final bound.