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 final artist to rehearse today is Luísa Sobral from Portugal. She is rehearsing on behalf of her brother Salvador who will arrive ahead of the first dress rehearsal next Monday. We have just watched her first run through of Amar Pelos Dois live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
Summary in a sentence
Using the B stage is wonderful idea (so the stage in the middle of the audience) they are keeping things simple having her (him) stand still and just deliver a fantastic performance. Also – TREE ALLERT – we have our first trees if the contest so you can all rest easy!
It is hard to say what the vocals are like because right now we have Luisa. She does a fantastic job but we won’t know till he is in the house
Luisa is not wearing performance attire
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.
With today’s rehearsals over, stay tuned for the next episode of our new podcast XtraVoix. Team members from escXtra and our friends over at Eurovoix will discuss all of today’s events. Furthermore, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for day 2 of rehearsals from 10am local time (9am CET).