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Day 3: Nathan Trent completes first rehearsal for Austria – 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 Nathan Trent from Austria. We have just watched his first run through of Running on Air live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

Nathan brings his personality to the camera with nice use of a moon prop to add a focal point to the performance.


Nathan begins his performance sat on a moon prop, which he then stands on, leaves and returns for the end of the song. The LED backdrop is a cloudy sky. It begins pink, and changes to various colours throughout the performance including white, red and blue. Nathan picks up the camera perfectly, oozing charisma. Towards the end, the production team run on stage to put on a platform which Nathan walks on at the end – he walks on air!


Nathan’s vocals were great except for the big note towards the end which he pulled out of in this first run through. Otherwise great!


Nathan is dress in a t-shirt, jacket and jeans combination that are all in white.

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 Jana Burčeska as she rehearses Dance Alone next for F.Y.R. Macedonia. 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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