What happened in Tel Aviv: Day Five

Every night around 23:55 CET, we summarize the events that occurred in Tel Aviv. After the Memorial Day on Wednesday, rehearsals for the first semi final continued on Thursday.

In What Happened Today we close off the day with an overview of the most important facts and videos. Have you been working all day? Or you did not have time to follow the rehearsals? Everything you may have missed – you can catch up every night in this article.

Camera crew keeps Kate in the picture now

Another strong runthrough for Kate Miller-Heidke. This time, for the end where the girls are swinging through the air, the camera crew manages to get it all on screen. Australia delivers a visible feast this year. Check out a short clip below:

Footage from all rehearsal can be found here in our updated article, in which we give you in-depth descriptions on what all performances will look like.

Vocal carcrash from Estonia

A negative of today was Victor Crone for Estonia. He has clearly put some thought into his act, connects to the camera well and has a slomotion hologram at the end, before he re-appears with hus guitar to close it off. The vocals however, are of such low quality, that Estonia is in big trouble this year.

Visual spectacle in second half of the semi

After a slightly lacklustre performance from Belgium, the visible feast of the semi final starts. Georgia, Australia, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal all have spectacle in their own way. It’s going to be exciting to see who will make it, and who will not in this part of the show! If you want to re-read our exact thought about these acts, you can read back our liveblog.

LIVE: Vocals remain a big issue for Victor Crone

Tamta inspired my Madonna?

Sacha Jean-Baptiste, the renowned Eurovision stage director who was also behind the staging for Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego“, created the visuals for Tamta. “She started working on our performance months ago. At that point we did not know that Madonna will be at Eurovision. But who knows, perhaps Sacha saw a little Madonna in me!”

Ewan Spence and Erik Bolks on the ESCDaily Show

In episode two of our talkshow The ESCDaily Show host Steef van Gorkum talks to Ewan Spence (ESC Insight) and Erik Bolks (OGAE International). According to Spence, Duncan Laurence from The Netherlands still has a lot of work to do, to get to the point where John Lundvik (Sweden) already is.

“If the Dutch want to change a lot of their camera angles, there is not much time left to get Duncan to find the red lights of the cameras on the right moment. He has a lot of work to do, to get to where John Lundvik already is. Because Sweden is already at the point where they can focus on the details.”