ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 4: Lea Sirk STOPS THE TRACK in Hvala, ne! – 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 latest artist to rehearse is Lea Sirk for Slovenia. We have just watched their first run through of Hvala, ne!  live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Staging

 

There is a DELIBERATELY STAGED STOPPAGE. It’s so hard to describe but after two minutes the music cuts out and Lea asks for “music please, okay can you help me out?” asking the crowd to get involved and sing it back to her. It is awfully jarring and ruins the flow of the piece, particularly when the choreography in the second verse is much tighter here than at EMA.

The final chorus is in Portuguese though, which got a warm applause in the press centre.

Vocal

The vocals throughout are fine.

Costume

Four female backing singers are wearing foil-like outfits.

Lea Sirk is wearing a very similar, if not the same, outfit as from EMA.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to MÉLOVIN as he rehearses Under the Ladder next for Ukraine. 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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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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