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Day 4: JOWST complete first rehearsal for Norway – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day four of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia and Israel. 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 JOWST from Norway. We have just watched their first run through of Grab The Moment live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

This has been almost directly translated from the Melodi Grand Prix stage to here, hopefully there will be something extra to come in future run throughs.


The LED backdrop displays pink, black and white patterns. The staging is very similar to that of the national final, with JOWST and two others behind DJ mixing desks. The distorted vocal post-chorus is there, it is difficult to tell whether it is on the backing track or being sung live through a vocoder but either way it sounds perfect. There are no signs of holograms or confetti yet on this run through as they did have in the national final.


Aleksander’s vocals were smooth and slick as we’ve come to expect. I’d like to see the backing track louder in the mix.


The costumes are also the same as was used in the national final. Aleksander is in a longline white shirt with black trousers . The other on-stage performers are all i black with their light-up masks.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Timebelle as they rehearse Apollo next for Switzerland. 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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