Düsseldorf 2011: Day 2 Rehearsals

Welcome back to Dusseldorf for day two of rehearsals for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. Today, we’re seeing all remaining semifinal one participants take to the stage. for their first rehearsal. Remember you can see and chat to us live in the press centre on our stream! (Link on home page)

Malta
Some technical problems for this mean that the clock was stopped on their rehearsal time, and we’re now running slightly late. Glen has three female backing singers on raised boxes behind him, with two male dancers surrounding him mostly at all times. He is jumping about the stage like a thing possessed. The vocals aren’t a problem, but the dictation of “One” is somewhat irritating to a native speaker.

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San Marino
We’ve seen a glimpse of the dress for Senit, which is long, cream, and sparkly.   The performance starts with a wide shot of the stage, which is full of dry ice and then a close up on Senit.  She’s joined by two guitarists and three backing singers.  Her vocals sound great but there’s a lot of echo on the track. They’ve gone for a higher first note, and so far she hasn’t hit it once which is of slight concern.

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Croatia
There has been a lot of issues surrounding this rehearsal today, including an issue of whether Daria could use the catwalk on the stage to a greater extent.   It appears Daria will have two costume changes- starting in black, changing to pink, and then going to a silver dress at the end whilst being covered in confetti.  Her vocals aren’t exactly on point, even with several backing singers (also dubiously tuned) and a “magician”.  This seems to be struggling during rehearsals, at the moment!

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Iceland
The staging and costumes for this song are exactly what we have come to expect. Jeans, white shirts, grey waistcoats and a true musical performance presentation rather than any gimmicks. The background has a lot of colour and adds cheer to the show. The vocals are very strong; this is a safe song. Qualification will depend on whether enough of Europe are in the right mood for this style of song.

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Hungary
Kati starts the performance in the centre of the stage with her two backing singers at microphone stands.   Her blue dress looks nice under the lighting, but doesn’t do her legs any favours!  Her vocals are good, a little shaky in some places, but clearly she could be holding back for now!  She is joined onstage by several dancers and towards the end of the song moves into a line formation with her singers and dancers.

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Portugal
The staging for this has stayed quite the same from the national final performance, but they have replaced one of the females with a girl that actually seems to be a singer.  The signs they’re carrying contain the slogan in several different languages, as well- we think of the languages of other countries in this semifinal.  It’s hard to really judge the vocals on this as the majority are not singers, but it doesn’t sound shocking from what we’ve heard before from them.

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Lithuania
A dark setting for this one, with Evelina joined by a pianist on stage. It starts with the spotlight just on her in her cream wedding-like dress. On the chorus it goes blue in the background and the white lights that rise from the back of the stage look very classy in the arena, especially with starts on the back wall. Unfortunately, she is doing the second verse with sign-language too, which looks awful and cheap- it doesn’t need this. Apart from that, a good rehearsal. They’re working with what they’ve got and doing it, mostly, well.

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Azerbaijan
Nigar and Eldar are joined on stage by 4 backing singers and dancers, who are definitely a great support to what seem to be quite weak vocals from Nigar, it almost sounds as though she’s lost her voice.  Their choreography looks nice, and Eldar definitely sounds good.  The cinematography will definitely make a big difference in this performance!

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Greece
The Greek performance is incorporating four dancers alongside Mike and Loucas.   They are taking full advantage of the circular space on the stage, and Loucas’s vocals are strong.  There are backing screen has Greek pillars filling up the background and this could look impressive with certain lighting. This could be staged better when one half of the act isn’t singing. At the moment, you see them standing around doing nothing- what would be better is having half of the performing come from the mini-stage, and the other on the main platform, thus avoiding shots of singers trying to avoid the shot.

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