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Day 6: Alma completes her first rehearsal for France – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Like yesterday, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Slovenia, Latvia, Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France. 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 second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat.

The next artist to take to the stage for their first rehearsal is Alma from France. We have just watched her first run through of Requiem live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.


As a standalone piece of art, the LED backdrops for France are stunning. They have various city skylines of Paris, matching the theme of the video. Alma is alone on stage in a black and glittery dress. The camera takes a lot of wide shots to show the LED backdrop in its full glory, which leaves Alma looking a little bit lost on a massive stage. However, when the camera is closer up on Alma she interacts with it well. There is a clever moment where a building appears on the LED floor and it looks like Alma is walking on the side of the building. Her vocals are very good, there is nothing to worry about here.

Press centre reaction

France received a decent amount of applause here in the press centre, although not quite to the same level of Italy and the United Kingdom.

Watch the rehearsal!

We will bring you video footage from this second rehearsal as soon as we have it!

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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