2016 Rehearsals Day 6: Germany, Italy, the UK, and SF2

May 7, 2016 0

Saturday’s rehearsals gave us our first glimpse at the remaining automatic qualifiers, as eighteen countries solidified their plans for the second semifinal next Thursday. Today’s packed schedule begins with the first rehearsals for the remaining half of the automatic qualifiers, and continues with the participants from semifinal 2 getting their second shot on the Globe Arena stage. As with yesterday’s performers, the second rehearsal is key; this is the time when they’re finalizing costume choices, working through lighting and camera issues, tightening up choreography, and working out any remaining kinks. The next time these eighteen countries take the stage, next Wednesday, they’ll be performing in front of the national juries that will account for half of their score. Here are first impressions from Saturday’s rehearsals: 1 I’m really glad Germany automatically qualifies for the Grand Final; over the last few days I have become increasingly concerned that all of the campy, WTF-type entries wouldn’t perform during my watch party next weekend. Jamie-Lee is doing a good job with her vocals, but at the moment looks like a little girl lost in the woods. “Who’s scared now, Mr. Wolf?” This is only Germany’s first rehearsal, so they’ve got some time to figure it […]

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2016 Rehearsals Day 5: SF1, France, and Spain

May 6, 2016 0

Friday provided a clearer separation of the wheat from the chaff as all eighteen performers from Semifinal 1 took to the Eurovision stage for their second rehearsals. The second rehearsal is key for Eurovision performers; this is the time when they’re finalizing costume choices, working through lighting and camera issues, tightening up choreography, and working out any remaining kinks. The next time these eighteen countries take the stage next Monday, they’ll be performing in front of the national juries that will account for half of their score. Here are first impressions from Friday’s rehearsals: 1 Apparently this is the final costuming? And those vocals … they are not good. Here’s hoping Sandhja’s just tired, and will be able to get some rest over the weekend. Props to those backup singers, who are doing great work trying to give energy, but ultimately the staging is static and the performance flat. 2 When in doubt, dance with your arms! Seriously though: I’m not a fan of this staging, in part because it reminds me too much of Portugal 2011. It’s very Greek, though, and hopefully some smart camera angles will capture some of the energy the dancers are bringing. Greece has never failed […]

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2016 Rehearsals Day 4: Slovenia through Belgium

May 5, 2016 0

The second Eurovision semi final completed its first round of rehearsals Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. The eight acts rounding out the second semi final had their first stage rehearsals Thursday. From the looks of it, there is an upward progression of energy as we work toward next Thursday’s big show. Here are first impressions from Thursday’s rehearsals: Slovenia SLOVENIA! Okay, this song has really grown on me in the last month or so. I appreciate that they seem to be making lemonade out of lemons, considering this has zero momentum or support out there. Bulgaria Get it, girl! It’s about time that we have a singer who is not just standing in place while using the full technology of the stage provided. Denmark At least Lighthouse X isn’t wearing beige? Ukraine Ukraine is currently leading the press poll out of Stockholm, which has me curious as to what the rest of the performance looks like. There was not much going on in this snippet to generate that kind of response. Norway My favorite part of this clip is how we don’t have Agnete explaining how this song is about love/dreams/miracles/Eurovision. The performance looks fairly similar to the Norwegian final. Georgia […]

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2016 Rehearsals Day 3: Latvia through Australia

May 4, 2016 0

The first 10 acts from the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest got a chance to rehearse on stage Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden.   The performers from the front half of the Eurovision Song Contest’s second semi final got their chance to take the stage in Stockholm’s Globe Arena Wednesday. Here are first impressions from Wednesday’s rehearsals: Latvia This looks similar to the Supernova final performance, but Justs appears to have a lot more energy this time around. Poland This feels very similar to Norway’s 2014 entry, both in style and staging. That was a song I didn’t really get but was extremely popular, which may be a similar situation now. Switzerland This staging, while stand-and-sing, is much better than what we saw in the Swiss final. Also, we have an entry for the “does not know what to do with arms” for the Eurovision bingo card. Israel This matches up to what I think I was expecting for this performance, but I’m hoping for more pop. I wouldn’t be surprised if confetti gets added to the mix, and I’m curious what the glowing rings in the background may be doing. Belarus No wolves or nudity.1 The animation […]

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5 Awesome Things from Nashville: Elevator Music

May 4, 2016 0

Rayna and Deacon hire a lawyer to deal with Maddie’s emancipation bid, then learn jailbird Teddy is the only dad allowed to chime in on the proceedings. Rayna pays her ex-husband a prison visit and is shocked to discover he’s actually taking Maddie’s request seriously. But once Teddy learns his shady deal with Edgehill1 is item #2 on Maddie’s shit list, he realizes he’s gonna have to back his ex-wife up on this one.2 Meanwhile, Daphne keeps texting Maddie, because they’re supposed to perform at Rayna’s next Grand Ole Opry gig and also she’s HEARTBROKEN over her big sister’s plan [Read more…]

2016 Rehearsals Day 2: Czech Republic through Malta plus Sweden

May 3, 2016 0

Tuesday saw ten more countries rehearsing for the first time on Stockholm’s Eurovision Song Contest stage. The second half of the first semi final got its turn to rehearse on the stage in Stockholm on Tuesday. Host country Sweden also got to rehearse at the end of the day. As usual, mini clips of each session were posted on the Eurovision YouTube channel. Here are first impressions from Tuesday’s rehearsals: Czech Republic Well, yes, Gabriela Guncikova is just standing there, which will probably be happening a lot among the contestants of the semi-finals. It doesn’t look like there will be a lot of distractions on stage or in the backdrop. Cyprus The cage motif is a bit of a surprise. It will be interesting to see how that looks on TV — especially with the steadicam having to navigate an obstacle course. Austria Another stand-and-sing. The colorful backdrop looks pretty, but I wonder how much will be able to translate to television in closeup shots of Zoe. Estonia Has this song always had a Vegas motif? The backdrop is a little bland, but from photos on the Eurovision site, it looks like there will be a lot of floor graphics […]

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2016 Rehearsals Day 1: Finland through Russia

May 2, 2016 0

The first half of the first Eurovision Song Contest semi final rehearsed their performances on the Globen stage in Stockholm. Monday we received our first looks at what participants in the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest will bring to the stage in Stockholm, Sweden. The first nine acts — Finland, Greece, Moldova, Hungary, Croatia, the Netherlands, Armenia, San Marino, and Russia — each had about an hour to work on their performances, with snippets posted on Eurovision’s YouTube channel. It was also announced today that the cable channel Logo (home of RuPaul’s Drag Race and reruns of the Golden Girls) will be airing the Grand Final of the Contest live on Saturday, May 14. Although the press release says the network, its app, and its website said it will have exclusive streaming of the show in the U.S., it is unclear at this time if that means watching on the Eurovision website or the YouTube channel will be blocked, or if you may need to resort to other methods to watch if you do not have access to Logo content. We will be keeping a close eye on this situation as it unfolds.1 Anyway, here are first […]

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