Düsseldorf 2011: Third Dress Rehearsal

Welcome back to the Düsseldorf Arena for what promises to be an exciting day! This afternoon, all 19 countries taking part in the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take to the stage for the third dress rehearsal of tonights semifinal!

We will be providing a live blog of today’s rehearsal direct from the press centre; you’ll also be able to keep up with what is happening via our live feed here. Ryan Wilson will be taking you through this afternoon’s show.

Poland

Due to some technical issues in the Press Centre, the feed has only just appeared, during the beginning of Poland. Magdalena and her backing singers are in casual dress, so they may be saving their outfits for the evening. Her vocals come through quite well, with an impressive final note.

Norway

Stella from Norway is also dressed casually (unlike her backing singers, who are in their show outfits), indicating that most of the artists are probably keeping their outfits for this evening’s show, which is already only mere hours away. Her vocals seem slightly more reserved also, probably to save her voice for the evening, which we may see many of the artists do.

Albania

Albania has been much the same as previously, but Aurela hasn’t taken the same approach as Stella, belting out all of the big notes in her song. Her voice sounds slightly strained toward the end, so hopefully she can hold out until tonight.

Armenia

Armenia’s Emmy has improved her vocal performance considerably through all rehearsals, with this being no exception. Despite this, the difficult starting position given to Armenia will mean that the song will have to overcome considerable odds to ensure a place in the final.

Turkey

Turkey is impressive as before, with confident vocals which deliver the song to the audience quite well. We’ve been saved the unusual outfits during this rehearsal, which is a relief to all! Again, it has quite a difficult draw, but firmly in contention for the final.

Serbia

Nina appears against the very striking stage with a decidedly more reserved vocal performance than in earlier rehearsals. Again, this is likely to be her wanting to save her voice for the evening.

Russia

Alexej from Russia is dressed very casually in a vest and baggy pants, with some wild hair to boot. The vocals also seem only slightly reserved, but not as much as some others. The ‘do you feel me Düsseldorf?’ has now been changed to ‘Europe’, so he’s clearly aiming his sights a little higher now than just the audience in the hall. The performance remains quite promising, with very good use of the vast stage, ensuring Alexej doesn’t get lost amongst it all.

Switzerland

Switzerland’s Anna is the first to be dressed in her outfit for the evening. This quite charming song is pleasing every time you hear it, and delivered well during this rehearsal, though a difficult draw and coming after one of the semi’s strongest contenders may see Switzerland struggle for a place in the final.

Georgia

Eldrine from Georgia are up next, with an equally powerful performance as in earlier rehearsals, making this quite an impressive show and a promising contender despite a style of music not commonly seen in Eurovision.

Finland

Finland is up next, with Paradise Oskar in a simple t-shirt and jeans. Luckily, with no lengthy break in the feed to the Press Centre like the first rehearsal, we get a good impression of the flow of the song. The performance is certainly very charming, reminscent of Belgium’s Tom Dice from last year. The globe motif at the back of the stage is quite appropriate for the mood and the message of the song.

Finland

Finland is up next, with Paradise Oskar in a simple t-shirt and jeans. Luckily, with no lengthy break in the feed to the Press Centre like the first rehearsal, we get a good impression of the flow of the song. The performance is certainly very charming, reminscent of Belgium’s Tom Dice from last year. The globe motif at the back of the stage is quite appropriate for the mood and the message of the song.

Malta

Glen Vella from Malta is up next, with his usual energetic performance, and some very active backing singers! The performance is as per earlier rehearsals, with Glen delivering quality vocals.

San Marino

San Marino’s Senit is dressed in a huge black coat, in contrast to her lighter coloured outfit for the show. The vocals as impressive as always, though the song is somewhat lost amongst its more uptempo ‘neighbours’ in the running order.

Croatia

Daria is, like Anna Rossinelli, dressed in her semi final outfit, presumably to practise the many costume changes in the song! The vocals have improved with each rehearsal.

Iceland

The guys from Sjonni’s Friends are dressed probably the most casually of all artists, however their performance is confident as always.

Hungary

Now for one of the contest’s most talked about entries, Hungary’s Kati Wolf appears on stage in casual dress, with a relaxed vocal performance. Some earlier sound issues seem to have been ironed out, improving the coordination between the backing singers and Kati in the final chorus.

Portugal

Some of Portugal’s contingent seem to be dressed in the semi final outfits and some not. Not much to comment on with this performance, the vocals are as per earlier rehearsals.

Lithuania

Not much has changed with this performance, her vocals are quite good, though she is still looking quite lonely on stage.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has improved considerably on vocals since last night’s rehearsal, with both Ell and Nikki giving a more polished performance. They are dressed in their semi final outfits, and full pyrotechnics have been used with the ‘fire rain’ effect, unlike some of the other performances.

Greece

A very convincing vocal performance from Greece, much like all their rehearsal performances. Almost certainly assured a place in the final, the song has very impressive staging, and Loukas has quite a striking stage presence, due to some effective camerawork!

And that’s it for the performances in the final rehearsal for the first semi final. Now we’re back to our esteemed hosts, who look very relaxed in their casual dress! They don’t seem to be sticking to the script much either, with alot of random German peppered througout.

Now for the Cold Steel Drummers, who we are told by the hosts are said to be the perfect expression of the beating heart that is the symbol of this year’s contest.

And the result of the faux voting in this rehearsal see the following countries go through to the final:

Lithuania
Serbia
Georgia
Albania
Russia
San Marino
Hungary
Azerbaijan
Armenia
Turkey

We wish all the contestants good luck, and we hope everyone enjoys the long-awaited show tonight!