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Day 7: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson complete second rehearsal for San Marino – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six 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 Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson from San Marino. We have just watched their first run through of Spirit of the Night live from Kyiv and here is our reaction.

Staging overview

The LED backdrop brings the disco to Kyiv, lots of reds, yellow, pinks, purples although it doesn’t look dated as Serhat’s disco did last year. Valentina and Jimmie are both great singers and they do have chemistry on stage. They have three backing singers on stage with them providing the perfect support. Unfortunately the stage still looks a little empty, there isn’t any particular development visually. Jimmie is in a black jacket and jeans while Valentina was in this black and white jacket and trousers combination.

Qualification prospects

I’d love this to qualify for Jimmie, Valentina and San Marino’s sakes but unfortunately I just can’t see it happening this time round. I don’t think it’s coming last in the semi-final, perhaps a Serhat-esque or slightly lower result is a realistic result. 20% chance to qualify.

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 Jacques Houdek as he rehearses My Friend next for Croatia. 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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