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Day 6: Francesco Gabbani completes his first rehearsal for Italy – PREDICTION & 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 Francesco Gabbani from Italy. We have just watched his first run through of Occidentali’s Karma live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.


Francesco charms in a suit from the centre of the stage, with four backing singers in brightly coloured jumpers. Oh and of course the man in the Gorilla suit! It’s perfect because it seems to combine all of his San Remo performances into one Eurovision quality performance. He loosens up throughout the song and starts moving around. Doing the famous arm wave with the monkey and his backing singers. It’s so good. It’s maybe too good.


The vocals were brilliant his charm is worked through every note and he is flawless.


Oops I already put some stuff about costumes before but.

Watch the rehearsal!

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

Stay tuned for our reaction to Manel Navarro as he rehearses Do It For Your Lover next for Spain. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre. There you can ask us your questions and tune in to some live stream interviews with special guests!

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