Oslo 2010: Rehearsal coverage day four

Welcome to escdaily.com’s fourth live day of rehearsal coverage from Oslo. Today there are nine countries rehearsing and we’ll bring you rehearsal videos and reports as quickly as possible.

Now join Luke, Alec and Deni for rehearsal reports from the second half of semifinal two!

Here are our videos and reviews;

SienekeIk Ben Verliefd (Sha-la-lie)

Sieneke the Dutch participant in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on the 1st of April 1992. She grew up in a very close family, with her father, mother and younger brother.
At the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Sieneke will sing the song Ik Ben Verliefd (I’m in Love) (Sha-la-lie), by Pierre Kartner.

Sineke’s song starts with a camera shot of the large organ prop. The stage is bright, with shades of gold then rainbow colours on the chorus. There are 3 female backing singers, and on the organ are a man and a woman, both assuming the roles of wooden dolls. The vocals are good, and she looks like she is enjoying the song a lot more- but they need to pick some better camera shots after the review!

Paula Seling & OviPlaying With Fire

Paula Seling studied piano from the age of 6. At the age of 10 she started singing in the school choir and found it to be very enjoyable. It wasn’t long before she became a vocalist. That was the start of her interest in music.
Ovi is a Romanian/Norwegian singer and composer, born in the north of Romania, in a town named Botosani. Despite his 34 years Ovi is entering the most important part of his musical life only now!

Together, earlier this year, they won the Romanian National Final with “Playing With Fire”.

Paula and Ovi start on the same piano as the national final, singing at each other. The keys glow red when each one plays. There are four female backing vocalists who are only in shot some of the time. Lights are blue on verses, and fiery on the chorus. The vocals are very good actually, especially considering that she has to do opera at before 11am! Towards the end they come forward.

Ansambel Žlindra & KalamariNarodnozabavni Rock

Slovenia’s entry combines two musical styles into one this year: the unique collaboration of Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari will perform their Popular Folk Rock song – or in its native Slovene: Narodnozabavni Rock – in the second Semi-Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Slovene representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 harmoniously amalgamate two music genres, as the title of the song states: Popular Folk Rock.

Think EMA, and then you’re 90% of the way to how this performance looks. They have instruments, they have vocals, and they have some decent camera shots- just lacking a song. This is going to get very lost!

Niamh Kavanagh It’s For You

Niamh Kavanagh is often referred to as one of the best voices to have ever come out of Ireland. In the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest , before an international audience of over 350 million people, Niamh wowed audiences with a powerful rendition of “In Your Eyes” and achieved a resounding victory for Ireland.

Niamh returns to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in 2010 inspired by the quality of the song It’s For You.


So on to Ireland. Niamh is singing excellently, and in fact probably only going at 70%. The lighting starts off green, goes orange, and is white by the end of the performance. She stands on a small platform, with the backing singers and flautist behind. They move forward towards the end when dry ice and a wind machine kick in.

MiroAngel Si Ti

Miro won awards of 11 prestigious international festivals from 1994 to 1999. Miro started a project later called KariZma. All singles of this duet became hits in Bulgaria. After 7 years on the top of the charts, the duet Karizma released their first album Eklisiast. One year later, Miro started his solo career and after a few months he became Bulgaria’s number 1 singer.

At the end of 2009, Miro was chosen by 51 Bulgarian composers, writers and media people to be the Bulgarian representative for 2010.

Bulgaria are singing in English during the middle section of their song. He is joined on stage by a couple of angels, and two male dancers. The song is ok, but the performance needs Miro dancing more and not just standing there.

Jon Lilygreen & The IslandersLife Looks Better In Spring

Jon Lilygreen is 22 years’ old and comes from Wales in the United Kingdom. He is a professional working musician who has been involved with many styles of old and contemporary music. As well as singing, Jon composes his own songs and is a very talented guitar player.

The Islanders will accompany Jon on stage has an international line-up with performers from all over Europe – Wales, Scotland, England, Oslo and of course Cyprus.

Cyprus are performing a lot like the national final, with Jon at the front on his guitar and the backing singers joined by some instrumentalists. The vocals are excellent, and it’s a nice, simple, stage performance here. They haven’t had a better chance at qualifying for a long time!

FeminnemLako Je Sve

Feminnem was founded in 2004 at the initiative of Croatian composer Đorđe Novković, when, after the Croatian Idol TV show ended, its three finalists decided to form a girl band and thus become professional musicians. A year later, having won national final in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the band performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev with the song Call Me (Zovi).

With a new member and a victory in DORA 2010, Feminnem will enter Eurovision for a second time.

Feminem start on a park bench at the back-centre of the stage. They have the lights low. They come forward ,and eventually do that bizarre puppet choreography from the national final. Two backing dances, female, are also on stage and jump around a bit. At the end they push sides of a heart together from one side to the other, connecting in the middle- but it’s messy and needs work!

Sofia NizharadzeShine

Sofia graduated with honors from the musical academy of the Tbilisi State conservatory where she studied piano and vocals. Sofia has won numerous awards in her career and has also starred in musicals like Romeo and Juliet and Notre Dame De Paris. She has also performed in a duet with José Carreras in 2001.

Georgia’s hopeful in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is Sofia Nizharadze who will present her song Shine to more than 100 million TV-viewers.

Sofia has four dancers on stage- and it’s all a bit messy, there is just no need to over-complicate this! Having said that, she does very well to sing considering that they’re pulling her every which way possible. Can 5 ballads from this semi go through, though?

maNgaWe Could Be The Same

From 2001 onwards, maNga released several highly successful albums which all became top sellers in their native country of Turkey. maNga won the Best European Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November 2009. This, plus fan voting, lead to their nomination and later selection to represent Turkey in Eurovision 2010.

maNga will represent Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 where they will perform the infectious “We Could Be The Same”.

MaNga’s rehearsal this afternoon displayed a marked difference from the passionate ballad that went before it. Dark, moody and brooding, there was heavy use of strobe lighting and choppy camera work to suit the ‘rock’ feel of the song. The band is joined on-stage by a robotic performer who literally makes sparks fly during the song. Turkey will undoubtedly benefit from its placing in the second semi-final, and the song will act as something of a ‘wake-up call’ to TV viewers and the audience alike.

And that concludes todays coverage from the arena. We would like to apologise for the 2 hours that we were inaccessible this afternoon, the site had such a high demand which caused our servers to crash. We are extremely happy and appreciative at the response to our coverage and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has visited us so far.

Today’s rehearsal schedule is as follows;

Wednesday 17 May
Country Start End
The Netherlands 09.30 10.10
Romania 10.10 10.50
Slovenia 10.50 11.30
Ireland 12.30 13.10
Bulgaria 13.10 13.50
Cyprus 13.50 14.30
Croatia 14.50 15.30
Georgia 15.30 16.10
Turkey 16.10 16.50