Düsseldorf 2011: Day 5 Rehearsals and Press Interviews

Welcome back to Dusseldorf for day five of rehearsals for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.  Today, we’ll see the first ten songs in Semi Final 1 rehearse for the second time. Remember you can see and chat to us live in the press centre on our stream! (Link on home page)

Poland
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEBubx_4PEw
Magdalena is in her stage outfit, which is a leotard styled outfit with large glittery decorations on the front.  Her dancers are wearing similar outfits, and though she seems to be holding her voice back a bit today, it’s still clean on the choreography.  People still seem to think this is not in contention for qualifying, as it just doesn’t feel as powerful as it could be.

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Check out our interview with Magdalena post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTkvlcX8N7M

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Norway
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rrAUtrDyHQ
This set of runthroughs for Stella this morning seem to be much better than her first set.  Stella is very confident this time and is working very well with her backup singers.  Though there seems to be a general idea that Norway could struggle to qualify, this still seems to be a contender.

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Check out our interview with Stella Mwangi post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5j3v9HPHNU

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Albania
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1qe_ui4Z8A
Aurela is strong, but seems to be pushing herself quite a bit, as at the end she visibly exhales.  Altogether, the rehearsal is clean and there don’t seem to be any real flaws that need to be worked out.  Even though it’s just a rehearsal, Aurela definitely is getting into her performance and is obviously enjoying herself.   She just needs to make sure she doesn’t overdue it in the rehearsals, of course!

 

 

Check out our interview with Aurela post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVxFxE5h-6o

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Armenia
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtWMVeMQY1U 
Emmy is back on-stage with her oversized boxing glove chair! The performance is certainly energetic, but Emmy herself doesn’t seem very relaxed or confident with it; perhaps it is just that the routine is quite complex and she needs to feel more familiar with it. Like quite a few of the acts, a decision needs to be made as to whether the performance is directed towards the audience in the arena, or those at home. The whole show is very polished, however, and a lot of fun – something which will no doubt go down well with the voters!
Check out our interview with Emmy post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sTtfTfViJw

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Turkey
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH7QcwVb26w 
Following on from the bright, bouncy theme of Emmy’s song, we have another quite dark, moody ‘look’ from Turkey, which is quite similar to the Manga presentation from 2010. The group are very professional, and the whole performance very ‘slick’. This is probably the only true rock song we have in this year’s Contest, so will certainly stand out as a result.

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Check out our interview with Yüksek Sadakat post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw48-xYTfEI

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Serbia
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnHRC78RNQA

Nina’s staging is looking fantastic, and looks very retro, of course.  However, Nina’s vocals are a bit strained at the moment, something that could clearly be fine by the time the show rolls around on Tuesday.  The slick presentation will certainly stick with viewers, and this should be a sure qualifier.

 

 

Check out our interview with Nina post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu9xScyNP0Y

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Russia
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8M4ui3xuGI

There is a definite retro-urban feel to Alexey’s performance. Although both he and his backing dancers/singers are dressed mainly in dark tones, it never feels too dark, thanks mainly to the effective lighting used. The staging of this song is quite simple but the energy of the whole team on-stage, combined with Alexey’s natural confidence and his ability to interact with the cameras, makes the whole thing very appealing.

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Check out our interview with Alex post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPWVc3MXJE4

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Switzerland
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnyORjgpqGE

The relaxed, easy style of the Swiss entry – combined with simple but effective staging – couldn’t be more different from the energetic performance from Russia’s Alexey! Anna’s vocals are consistently strong in this rehearsal, and much use is made of the LED backdrop, which show bright, uplifting images of the sun and twinkling stars.

Georgia
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H6z88AzzCs

This definitely stands apart from the previous song – high energy, intense vocals, and matching outfits with green decorations on their black clothing.  This definitely wants to come across as a powerful rock/rap song, and will make an impact with people looking for something a bit
different from what we’ve seen.   Some of the camera angles are a bit brash, and might not be favorable to some viewers, as well.

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Check out our interview with Eldrine post-rehearsal:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZSB4fMeR-M

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Finland
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtGgj0gccyU
Next to take to the stage is Paradise Oskar, representing Finland. This is another pared-down, simple performance. Oskar is positively dwarfed by a huge image of the globe on the LED screens behind him, which adds something to the message of the lyric. The melody is attractive and the simplicity of it all – quite a brave move for any country, and no doubt daunting for any performer – will help this song do well in the semi-final.

Malta
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCe2EexGQH8
Glen is yet again on point vocally and with his choreography.  They have clearly made sure this act is perfected and polished well, however it feels like with its position in the semi it might be forgettable.  It’s hard to really criticize the performance, but many people feel that this is in trouble.

 

San Marino
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2iiE4f59yk
After a great rehearsal on Monday, Senit’s first run-through seems a bit shaky, and she is off-key for some of the song.  The outfit she’s wearing isn’t completely flattering, either.  This seems to be falling a bit flat now, after what seemed like a promising first rehearsal, this might not do so well.

 

 

Croatia
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msieiEnADt0
The performance seems to be a bit more polished this time around, but Daria has not done her costume change in several run throughs, so this could be why everything seems to be a bit better.  Her vocals are fine, and it’s at least improved since last time.