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Day 6: O.Torvald complete their first rehearsal for Ukraine – 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 O.Torvald from Ukraine. We have just watched their first run through of Time live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.


The infamous “head” from the leaked pictures is finally seen here in the Ukrainian performance. The LED backdrop seems to have a turquoise colour scheme although at points, the backdrop turns black with some sort of mountainous effect in the imagery. Overall, it feels less powerful than their national final staging but perhaps pyros and future changes will turn that around. The camera enjoys panning over the arena to create that rock concert feel.


O.Torvald’s vocals are certainly competent for this rock song, there isn’t anything to fault here.


The band’s lead singer is dressed in black shirt and trousers with a silver jacket. The rest of the band members are also dressed in blacj.

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 the first of the big five, Francesco Gabbani, as he rehearses Occidentali’s Karma next for Italy. 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!

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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