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 Norma John from Finland. We have just watched their first run through of Blackbird live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
Summary in a sentence
It is so simple and elegant and beautiful.
Its simple. With Norma and a grand piano. It is a combination of by gone Years and modernity. There is simple and subtle use of the floor and smoke machines. It just looks stunning.
Flawless vocals and she hits every note she has to or needs to. Her voice is great and she makes the whole thing seem effortless.
She is wearing a dresss that is either the exact same or very very similar to her national finals performance. Black bird obviously means black dress – doesn’t it?
Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Dihaj as she rehearses Skeletons next for Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.