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Day 5: Slavko Kalezić completes second rehearsal for Montenegro – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat.

The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Slavko Kalezić from Montenegro. We have just watched his first run through of Space live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.

Staging overview

The LED backdrops are very bright, with various images of Slavko dancing on the background. Slavko’s choreography still feels a bit all over the place and a bit amateurish but his vocals are competent for the song. It does seem to be coming together though compared to what we saw in the first rehearsal.

Qualification prospects

I personally think the juries will the wipeout any potential televoting traction it may get, so I’d give this no more than a 20% chance of qualification and Wivian agrees it is a borderline but unlikely qualifier. On the other hand, Brent is giving this a 70% chance for being different to anything else in the semi-final.

Press centre reaction

No audible reaction to the song in the press centre although journalists do pay a lot of attention to it.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Norma John as they rehearse Blackbird next for Finland. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre. There you can see our instant reactions to each rehearsal and listen to live audio to judge for yourself!

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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