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Day 3: Ilinca & Alex Florea complete first rehearsal for Romania – 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 Ilinca and Alex Florea from Romania. We have just watched their first run through of Yodel It! live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

This energetic song is staged very colourfully although the camerawork could do with more close-ups (and the cannons need to do something!)


The LED backdrop was VERY colourful, with ‘YODEL IT!’ appearing on the screen at certain times. Towards the end of the song, Alex and one of the other stage performers brought out two huge cannon props. Alongside this, several cannons also appeared on the backdrop. The cannons did nothing on this run through but presumably some confetti or pyro will appear in later run throughs. They use quite a lot of wide camera shots, it would be nice to see the artists close up even more.


Both Alex and Ilinca seemed on point with their vocals and rapping.


Ilinca was dressed in a black floral top and jeans while Alex was also dressed in a black top and jeans.

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 OG3NE as they rehearse Lights and Shadows next for The Netherlands. 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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