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Day 2: Martina Bárta completes first rehearsal for Czech Republic – REVIEW

escXtra are live from Kyiv for day two of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Armenia, Slovenia and Latvia. 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 Martina Bárta from Czech Republic. We have just watched her first run through of My Turn live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

A surprisingly bright performance from Czech Republic that sounded great but is maybe mismatched with the song.


The performance begins with focus onto the LED floor as she walks out onto the stage. The backdrop has images of eyes that change into images from the music video as thesong progresses. Overall, there are lots of pinks, blues and yellows – quite unexpected for this song.


Unfortunately the sound and visuals were out of sync here in the press centre but she sounded faultless.


To fit with the surprisingly bright aspect of this performance, Martina was wearing a deep-cut golden metallic jumpsuit.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Hovig as he rehearses Gravity next for Cyprus. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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