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 Lindita from Albania. We have just watched her first run through of World live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
Summary in a sentence
Nothing stand-out or special but Lindita is an incredibly talented singer and that shows in her performance from rehearsals today.
Lindita is on stage, similarly to the Festivali i Këngës performance, and there isn’t much going on on stage at the moment. Four backing singers are on the stage with her and there is a clock motif used.
As ever, Lindita is such a good singer and she is at ease singing her song, but still holding something back for the later run-throughs. Very impressive.
Lindita is wearing a pink jacket over her outfit today. We aren’t sure if this is going to stay, despite the fact that artists are having to perform in their full outfits from day 1.
Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Blanche as she rehearses City Lights next for Belgium. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.