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 second artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Tamara Gachechiladze from Georgia. We have just watched her first run through of Keep the Faith live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.
The LED backdrop uses red and black patterns, with a space theme (similar to Lucie Jones’ music video) appearing towards the end. Tamara is dressed in a full-length red dress with a cape. Tamara rips off the cape after the first chorus. This is vocally perfect and the backing vocalists give an added power to this.
The potential repetitiveness of the song and its running draw are going against it here. I would give this a 40% chance of qualification as I think it is borderline, Brent is much more favourable towards its chances doubling it to an 80% chance.
Press centre reaction
There was maybe one person clapping following this rehearsal, a fairly muted reaction.
Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Isaiah as he rehearses Don’t Come Easy next for Australia. 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!