Düsseldorf 2011: Day 3 Rehearsals & Press Conferences

Welcome back to Dusseldorf for day three of rehearsals for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.  Today, we’ll see the first ten songs in Semi Final 2 rehearse. Remember you can see and chat to us live in the press centre on our stream! (Link on home page)

Bosnia-Herzegovina
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2Vm9187_FU Dino’s performance is quite similar to what we saw in the promo performance, but the hand movements have been toned down considerably.  Dino will be wearing the same outfit he wore in the promo video.  He sounds excellent, and everything that is choreographed amongst his band onstage looks effortless.  This might be a contender to win, at this point, especially if nothing else from the former Yugoslavia goes through. THe end shot with the waiving is excellent, and the background of dark red works well throughout.

Pictures:

Press conference here.

Austria
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG9C4vrASwU Nadine’s standing on a raised platform on stage and the lighting is dark with blue tones.  She’s wearing a short long sleeved black dress that  has a sparkle to it.  Her backing singers are wearing long black dresses as well.  The screen has mostly blue tones with diamonds floating in the back.  Her vocals are spot on and this is definitely on track to qualify. On the latter rehearsals they are toying with the idea of the backing singers walking on to the stage about 30 seconds into the songs.

Pictures:

Press conference here.

Netherlands
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGFPTG9TQdw We’ve had a look at the outfits the 3JS will wear onstage, and they’re all a bit different, one shiny silver jacket for the lead singer, a vest and tie combo and black jacket for the other two.  They’re joined onstage by three backing singers, two women and a man.  The backing vocals feel a little overpowering right now, but the lead vocals are very strong.  The lights in the background are yellow/gold and look like they are raining down.  They’re centered in the stage and stay in place for the entire song there.  This sounds great and looks very professional, but there is no guarantee that this could qualify at this point.

Pictures:

Press conference here.

Belgium
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S92Oi4e2VXQ The Belgians are wearing their stage outfits, and the girls are in similarly cut dresses with the guys in blazers or vests.  They have some choreographed moves together and utilize the stage a bit.  Their strongest component is obviously the fact that they are great singers, and don’t struggle in staying with each other throughout the song.  The screen in the background is a dark blue with what look like fluorescent lightbulbs flashing through the song.  This will probably struggle to qualify at this point.

Press conference here.

Slovakia
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utDb0HhxNXQThe twins from TWiiNS are joined onstage by two backing singers, a pianist and drummer.  We’ve seen the dresses and they are similar in different colours.  The background on the screens is gold shapes on a black screen.  The girls are vocally very good mostly, however some parts are very flat, especially the longer notes, and they have some great camera angles.  They pretty much stay in place on the stage, so not much movement! The last run-through has some half-hearted pyros being used on it too, although effect is somewhat limited.

Pictures:

Press conference here.

Ukraine
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvZsZZ0des We have a sand artist onstage with Mika, and her drawings with be shown on the screen behind Mika.  She’ll be wearing a dress that appears to have a “natural” feeling to it, while the sand artist is wearing a purple dress. Mika will also have two backing singers joining her.  Mika’s vocals are okay, and she manages to get through the run-throughs without any noticeable problems.    The set-up for Ukraine has taken a bit of time, so we will probably go over a bit on time!

Pictures:

Press conference here.

Moldova
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFDU-7BI5d0 It is clear from the first run-through of the Moldovan rehearsal that these guys are out to have a lot of fun! There is a drop in the sound feed to the press centre so it’s difficult to comment on the quality of the performance. The members of Zdob si Zdub are all wearing the very tall pointed hats they wore in the national final show, and the background lighting is bright and colourful. The female unicyclist is clearly an expert at multi-tasking – she is not only riding the unicycle, but also playing some kind of horn instrument and also interacting with various members of the band – no mean feat! This performance is visually appealing, and full use is made of the stage, which will make it all very attractive for both the spectators in the hall and those watching at home.

Pictures:

Press conference here.

Sweden

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcp9aqe6uKA Right off the bat, we can see that Eric is struggling.  His vocals are a bit rough, and he seems to be skipping singing in parts.  He looks quite tired and even though the moves to the choreography are on point, this just doesn’t look like the favourite that it’s been touted as.  Of course this is just the first rehearsal, but this doesn’t look as on point as expected.  The staging is similar to the Melodifestivalen performance, though the panels of glass seem to be moved around more.  The outfits are the same, but Eric’s jacket appears to have lights inside of it. Red and black are the dominant colours on the background screen.

Press conference here.

Cyprus
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9FhTMZTNGU Cyprus are using the small side stage for this, with the female backing singer featured there.  Christos is joined on the main stage by four backing singers.  They’re all dressed in black, and their gimmick appears to be the ability to “lean”, as they are in boots that are cemented to floor boards, and it definitely looks interesting.  The problem is that the background on the screen appears to have dodgy looking things floating about! People might get the wrong idea with this, but Christos sounds great and it is a strong performance.