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Day 3: Anja completes first rehearsal for Denmark – REVIEW

escXtra are live from Kyiv for day three of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, The Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark and Ireland. 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 Anja from Denmark. We have just watched her first run through of Where I Am live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

A very powerful vocal from Anja in a song that does have an earworm quality to it.


There are lots of close-up camera shots of Anja in this performance which follow Anja as she rotates around the stage, The LED backdrop contains lots of pinks and purples in the verses that turn gold for the chorus. Anja puts everything into the performance as she ends up on her knees for the final chorus! There’s surely going to be some pyros at the end.


Anja’s vocals are powerful as always, a couple of notes were slightly off but that is normal for a very first run through. Certainly one of the best vocalists in the competition.


She is wearing a neon pink and orange vest top with blue flared trousers. We presume this isn’t her stage costume.

Watch the rehearsal!

As the first rehearsals are closed to the press, only the official Eurovision website has access to film the performances. Therefore, as soon as these videos get uploaded we will edit in the video here!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Brendan Murray as he rehearses Dying to Try next for Ireland. 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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