ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 1: There’s augmented reality for Aisel and Azerbaijan – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 1 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Azerbaijan, Iceland, Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Israel, Belarus, Estonia and Bulgaria.


We’re streaming live from the press centre

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 Altice Arena by visiting our YouTube channel.

The latest artist to rehearse is Aisel from Azerbaijan. We have just watched their first run through of X My Heart live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Staging

Aisel begins the performance solo, moving around a series of triangular slabs which light up with with LEDs. Four dancers join her for the second half of the performance, in which there is a clever use of augmented reality with a dazzling glittery effect. There is substantial, yet simple choreography in which Aisel performs in perfect sync with her dancers.

Vocals

Although the sound wasn’t available for the first minute in our press centre feed, Aisel’s vocals were perfectly competent and harmonised well with her backing vocalists.

Costumes

Aisel is wearing a white all-in-one swimming costume-esque ensemble with lots of added material to make full use of several powerful wind machines. Her four dancers are also dressed in white, creating a cool and modern feel to the performance.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Ari Ólafsson as they rehearse Our Choice next for Iceland. If you want to know what to expect for the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule hereMeanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

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