ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 3: Danica Krstić shines for Serbia in Sanja Ilić & Balkanika’s first rehearsal – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 3 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Norway, Romania, Serbia, San Marino, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, The Netherlands and Australia.

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 next artist to rehearse is Sanja Ilić & Balkanika for Serbia. We have just watched their first run through of Nova Deca live on screen and here is our initial reaction.


The first shot of performance is with the white-bearded man with his flute, before a quick switch to Danica who begins singing. After around 30 seconds, the camera switches to a wider shot revealing a drummer and two other female vocalists. Mladen then appears behind the three females to begin his vocal part around a minute in.
For the rest of performance, Mladen and the three females engage in a variety of simple choreography and synchronised movement around the stage. Danica is definitely the focus of this performance which is bathed in black and gold lighting.


Danica’s vocals shine throughout the performance and are well supported by Mladen and the two other female backing vocalists.


The three female singers are wearing long, flowing, lilac dress with a black decoration on the top half. Mladen is wearing a black leather ensemble, similar to that which he wore in Beovizija for those of you familiar with that performance.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Jessika feat. Jennifer Brening as they rehearse Who We Are next for San Marino. If you want to know what to expect for the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule here. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

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