ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 1: Press centre in tears after stunning Ieva rehearsal for Lithuania – 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 Ieva Zasimauskaite from Lithuania. We have just watched their first run through of When We’re Old live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Staging

The camera begins behind Ieva who sits on stage looking out to the audience. There is initially no lighting except for a spotlight. Gentle yellow lighting appears at first chorus. There are lots of close shots with slow camera changes until the camera pans out so holograms can join Ieva on screen for the second verse. The holograms show all types of love, whether it be a couple or a family.

For the final chorus, Ieva moves onto the staircase and belts When We’re Old out from the bridge. As seen in the Lithuanian national final, Ieva’s husband then joins Ieva for the final lines of the song which are sung in Lithuanian – the press centre are in awe!

Vocals

Ieva’s unique vocal tone is as beautiful as ever and is faultless with her vocals.

Costumes

Ieva is wearing a pastel pink costume consisting of a silky long skirt and a boatneck netted t-shirt.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Netta as they rehearse TOY next for Israel. 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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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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