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Day 1: Dihaj completes first rehearsal for Azerbaijan – REVIEW

escXtra are live from Kyiv for day one of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan and Portugal. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel.

The latest artist to rehearse is Dihaj from Azerbaijan. We have just watched her first run through of Skeletons live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

A horse is a horse of course of course


SO we start in a box, with blackboard walls, chalk scrawled on the walls and inexplicably a man on a ladder with a horses head. There is writing there is walls coming down there is dramatic chalk crossing outs, it’s moody and brooding but off out by that horse.


Vocals are great, the only thing I would do is turn them up, but maybe it is because we have not as great sound in the press centre?


She is wearing what appeases to be a soft gold silk overcoat  and a matching gold silk bodice its black pants. And there is a man wearing a black suit with a horse head. And it makes no sense – I’m sorry if that offends anyone – I just don’t get it…

Watch the rehearsal!

As all first rehearsals are closed to the press, only the official Eurovision website has access to film them. Therefore, we shall edit in their video right here as soon as it becomes available on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

Stay tuned for our reaction to Luísa Sobral as she rehearses Amar Pelos Dois next for Portugal in place of her brother. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

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