Oslo 2010: Rehearsal coverage day two

Welcome to escdaily.com’s second 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 one! Today we have Poland, Belgium, Malta, Albania, Greece, Portugal, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Belarus and Iceland rehearsing.

Here are our videos and reviews;


Marcin MrozińskiLegenda

Marcin Mrozinski is a 24-year-old singer and actor. He also writes and composes his own songs. Marcin has a lot of success as actor and singer throughout his career.

His overwhelming victory in the Polish national selection makes him the 15th representative of his country.

Report:
Marcin has two backing singers in traditional dress, two others dancing and one female vocalists. He starts the song at the microphone, and is vocally excellent- especially in the arena. Some of the camera shots need improvement. Towards the end of the song Marcin has his arm around one of the ladies’ necks.

 


Tom DiceMe and My Guitar

Ever since he can remember, the twenty-year-old Tom Dice has been working on his music. He taught himself how to play the guitar and wrote his very first song when he was twelve years old.

For Tom Dice, flying the flag for Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true.

Report:
Tom Dice is performing his song from the catwalk, with two male backing singers on the main stage. He’s performing at a mic stand, with his guitar, and sounds excellent. It gets a good reaction in the hall, and press working area.


Thea GarrettMy Dream

Thea Garrett has accompanied the North West Choir from the UK as a soloist whilst performing an oratory at the Anglican Church in Valletta. She is currently a member of Enkor, a gospel classical choir, with whom she also performs as soloist.

Her song “My Dream” is composed by Jason Cassar and lyrics by Sunny Aquilina – who introduced the Maltese queen of ballads, Chiara, to a wider audience.

Report:
A very strong rehearsal from Malta here. Thea is mature beyond her years, and sings delightfully too. There are three backing singers, a blue background, and is also some dry-ice. The seagull is still there but looks a lot better. There is a flash of a pyrotechnic at the end!


Juliana PashaIt’s All About You

Juliana Pasha’s career started at the Albanian Radio Television Song contest in 1999, and in 2000 she was awarded with the Vace Zela prize as the Best young vocalist, and almost every year she has won different prizes.

Pasha had already participated in the Albanian national finals in 2009 and 2008, reaching 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Report:
Juliana is joined on stage by a fiddler and three female backing singers. They have balls hanging from the side, and lots of flashing lights in blue, pink, and purple. Vocals are excellent in the hall, but so far not as powerful via television and this needs some work.


Giorgos Alkaios & FriendsOPA

Giorgos Alkaios is one of the few Greek artists who holds the record for consecutive concerts during the last decade in Cyprus, Germany, England, Canada, Australia and in the USA. Over the years more than 300,000 people have watched Giorgos performing live.

Alkaios, after a long career, will now represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest after winning the National Final with “OPA”.

Report:
This is not exciting us as much as we thought it would- it’s an energetic song and should be making us get up, but it’s a bit lacklustre and vocally strained. The camera shots need work, although some of them are quite good. There’s too much of just the lead singer, and not enough ensemble.


Filipa AzevedoHá Dias Assim

Filipa Azevedo is only 18 years old but has already a victory of the talent show Família Super Star in her portfolio, winning it in 2008, at the age of 16. From then on, she participated in numerous TV shows and recorded her first CD.

Filipa will represent Portugal at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with a song by veteran journalist Augusto Madureira.

Report:
To use an empty word, Portugal is “inoffensive”. The vocals are good on the first couple of runthroughs but then become a bit waily on the top notes. The stage set-up is simple with the piano and backing singers, and the lights are very bright in places.


Gjoko TaneskiJas Ja Imam Silata

Gjoko’s musical career reached the peak in 2007 when his biggest hit was played on radio stations and television channels for months and Gjoko used this moment for promoting his first album Zbogum Najmila. Two years after, Gjoko promoted his second album named Nikogas Dosta.

In 2010 he won Skopjefest alongside young rapper Billy Zver with “Jas Ja Imam Silata”.

Report:
This is death by bad choreography- at least two shots of someone just walking off to the back of the stage in shot! The lights are also too bright. Vocals here are perfect, but this song is seriously going to struggle to qualify.


3 + 2Butterflies

Belarusian representative, the band 3+2, consists of Alena Karpovich, Ninel Karpovitch, Artsem Mikhalenka, Yehiazar Farashan and Yuliya Shyshko. So, you can guess what the name of the band came from!

At the turn of 2009 the artists were invited to TV project Musical Court, during which the 3+2 band was formed and later internally chosen to represent Belarus.

Report:
Belarus have a very classy golden background, with the two men and 3 women in a line across the stage. However they ruin it by producing butterfly wings (see pictures / twitpic) and tickertape falls towards the end. The vocals are poor in places, and it is a bit hard to understand.


Hera BjörkJe Ne Sais Quoi

Hera Björk became a household name in Iceland when she co-hosted the variety TV show Stutt í Spunann (a version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?) during the winter of 1999-2000.

Hera is no stranger to Eurovision fans as she was a backing vocalist for Iceland in 2008 and 2009. This year she won the Icelandic final solo with the song “Je Ne Sais Quoi”.

Report:
Red dresses and a blue background with dry ice for Hera Bjork. There is limited movement on stage, but when they do she finds the camera very well. The staging is very similar to Serbia yesterday in terms of backdrop. Borderline qualifier.

Schedule:

Monday 17 May
Country Start End
Poland 09.30 10.10
Belgium 10.10 10.50
Malta 10.50 11.30
Albania 12.30 13.10
Greece 13.10 13.50
Portugal 13.50 14.30
FYR Macedonia 14.50 15.30
Belarus 15.30 16.10
Iceland 16.10 16.50