ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 4: A simple and strong staging concept for Montenegro’s Vanja Radovanović – 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 Vanja Radovanović for Montenegro. We have just watched their first run through of Inje live on screen and here is our initial reaction.


The performance begins with a short of the male pianist, before switching to Vanja. There are a few camera switches between these two. Vanja’s female backing vocalists are standing in a line behind him, with the pianist to the left. For the first chorus, his backing vocalists, all wearing head microphones, walk to the front of the stage to join Vanja. They perform simple and strong arm choreography.
The staging is very reminiscent of previous Balkan ballads, such as Knez’s “Adio” or Sanja Vučić’s “Goodbye” to name a couple. For the middle eight, the backing vocalists separate before walking back together for the final chorus. The dancers interact with each other and Vanja to show unity and strength. The lighting changes to gold for the climax.


The Montenegrin performers are all vocally excellent, with great harmonies and effectively recreate the sound of the studio version.


Vanja is wearing a jacket and trouser set which seems to have a scaly texture to it. The colour of it is sky blue. His four female backing vocalists are all wearing white dresses with additional decoration over the shoulder.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Lea Sirk as they rehearse Hvala, ne! next for Slovenia. 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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