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Day 7: Joci Pápai completes second rehearsal for Hungary – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day seven of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. 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 second rehearsal is Joci Pápai from Hungary. We have just watched their first run through of Origo live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.

Staging overview

The LED backdrop starts off gold, before progressing to blue and finally red for the final chorus. The B stage finally gets another use with Joci’s violinist performing from there. Joci is joined on the main stage by his dancer who is in traditional white dress. Meanwhile, Joci himself is in a black costume, the same as we saw during his first rehearsal. This is faultless vocally, and comes across effectively.

Qualification prospects

This is certainly different to anything else in the contest. While this will arguably appeal to televoters more than jurors due to the latter’s lack of love for rap historically, it seems to certainly have the support to qualify. I’d give this a 70% chance of qualifying.

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 Anja Nissen as he rehearses Where I Am next for Denmark. 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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