ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 4: A beautiful, goosebumps-inducing performance from Georgia’s Iriao – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 4 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Georgia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Montenegro, Slovenia and Ukraine.

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 first artist to rehearse is Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao for Georgia. We have just watched their first run through of For You live on screen and here is our initial reaction.


The performance begins with a close-up shot of Iriao’s lead singer, with the camera then panning to a wider shot showing all three vocalists spread out across the stage and the keyboardist on the right. The blue lighting changes to red before the minute mark, and we also then see the guitarist on stage.
By the minute mark, the vocalists are now in a line, standing close together. The lead singer keeps turning towards his other band members creating a sense of unity and friendship. Towards the end, the vocalists switch positions and engage in a small piece of simple but effective arm choreography. A beautiful performance that gives you chills.


Iriao’s vocals are perfect, with such a traditional yet unique quality. They harmonise to perfection.


All of the Georgian band members are dressed in smart black and dark blue suits. The collar area is different to your typical suit and tie ensemble with the collar extending slightly over their blazers.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer as they rehearse Light Me Up next for Poland. 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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