Oslo 2010: Rehearsal coverage day one

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

Now join Luke for rehearsal reports from the first half of semifinal one! Today we have Moldova, Russia, Estonia, Slovakia, Finland, Latvia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina rehearsing.

Here are our videos and reviews;

Sunstroke Project & Olia TiraRun Away

Sunstroke project is a symbiosis of a violin, saxophone and live vocals, making up a fashionable chaos of music which was founded less than 2 years ago.

Olia Tira is only 21 years old and has already achieved a lot, having released an album already and taking part in international song contests.

They combine this year to represent Moldova in Oslo.

Report: Vocals in the hall are quite off-key for the rehearsals of this song – however on the monitors it comes through better. On stage we have a violinist who starts the song on the catwalk (or at least near it), and he is on a rotating platform to start with. We then cut to the saxophone player. Vocals by the main singers are from the center of the stage.

During each song, the phone number is being displayed during the last 30 seconds.

Peter Nalitch & FriendsLost And Forgotten

Peter Nalitch has become famous after he published a music video on YouTube which he made himself for the song Guitar. In about a month after he did it, 70,000 persons had already watched it.

This year he won the Russian National Final and therefore the right to represent Russia in Oslo.

Report: Think of the national final- not a lot has changed! Towards the end of the song there’s a wind machine on the lead vocalist, whilst drummer and guitarists join on stage. The vocals are fine, and the stage simply done with static lighting. They have snow falling towards the end of the song.

Malcolm LincolnSiren

Malcolm Lincoln is the 2010 comet in the Estonian music skies! The artist whose name was until now only known in the alternative music scene, surprised the public by winning the Estonian national selection show Eesti Laul 2010.

Malcom sings the very unique and different winning entry of Eesti Laul, “Sirens”, in Oslo.

Report: Again, another similar performance to the one we saw in the local contest. The backing singers, four, are in the corner and have their own small dance routine. There’s a pianist on the left hand side, then with the lead singer in the middle. Some nice camera shots from overhead.

Kristina PelakovaHorehronie

Kristína Peláková started her singing carrier with the single I’m Yours in 2007. One year later she released a debut album, which went platinum in her country. In the national rounds her winning was virtually uncontested as in the final round she received nearly 40 per cent of public votes.

Her national number one hit Horehronie will represent Slovakia in Oslo.

Report: Kristina is joined on stage by four backing singers in green-foliage outfits, and a fairy-Godmother backing singer. The stage is green to start with, soft of a camouflage / woodland feel, going to orange towards the end. Vocals were ok, but iffy in places.

KuunkuiskaajatTyölki Ellää

Susan Aho and Johanna Virtanen are the co-founders and members of the duo Kuunkuiskaajat (Moon Whispers). Susan (36) started playing accordion at the age of 13 and Johanna (33) plays the harmonium, kantele and 2-row accordion.

Finland’s most successful contemporary folk group Kuunkuiskaajat will represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.

Report: All in white, the girls of Kuunkuiskaajat are joined by two male backing dancers and a violinist. In the latest run-through there is lots of dry ice. The song as a lot more “umph” to it from the studio version. They have a wind machine, and a routine covering lots of the stage – best improvement so far today!

AishaWhat For?

Aisha received the 2nd place award in the competition of Young Latvian vocalists when being only five years old. She has hosted TV broadcasts, participated in TV shows and bewitched the whole Latvia as one of the favourites in the popular TV -show Dancing With the Stars 2.

Aisha has come close to winning the Latvian National Final previously and was finally successful this year.

Report: Aisha now on stage- and struggling vocally. Yes it’s only a sound check, but she starts off very badly. There are curtains in the background, and four backings- no clothes washing!

Milan StankovićOvo Je Balkan

Milan Stanković shot to fame from a Pop Idol-like contest in Serbia. The 22-year-old star achieved victory at almost every stage of the contest back in 2007. Since that year he’s become very successful, known for his eccentric dressing style and distinctive looks.

This year, alongside Goran Bregović, Milan will represent Serbia after winning “Tri pa jedan za Oslo 2010”.

Report: The performance starts with Milan and the other four people on turntables, behind screens. Milan comes into view first and steps on to the stage floor, followed by two male backing dancers. There are two female vocalists that stay attached to screens all the time. Some of the camera shots definitely need work, but vocally it is good and Milan is very confident!


Vukašin BrajićThunder And Lightning

Vukašin Brajić, who placed second in the pan-balkan pop music TV-contest Operation Triumph, believes his greatest advantage is his capacity for transformation on stage. He likes rock music because he can draw energy from it for his performances and it is the only style that reflects his temperament.

This year, Vukašin was internally selected by BHRT to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina in Oslo.

Report: On stage we have our lead singer, then behind him two female and two male backing vocalists. There’s a lot of dry ice on stage at the start, with Vukašin holding a guitar. Vocals are k, but for me this just lacks something- possibly the fade-out at the end just doesn’t finish the job properly. They have a good lights show, but I’m rating this at boderline to the final.

Rehearsal Schedule;

Sunday 16 May
Country Start End
Moldova 09.30 10.10
Russia 10.10 10.50
Estonia 10.50 11.30
Slovakia 12.30 13.10
Finland 13.10 13.50
Latvia 13.50 14.30
Serbia 14.50 15.30
Bosnia & Herzegovina 15.30 16.10