ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 5 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, Bulgaria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Croatia, Austria, Greece and Finland.
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Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.
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The first artist to rehearse for the second time is Aisel for Azerbaijan. We have just watched their latest run through of X My Heart live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
Aisel, using a head microphone, begins the performance alone sitting on one of the blocks. Her costume material is draped over the block. She stands for the first pre-chorus and begins moving around the series of triangular blocks. Four dancers join her for the second verse of the performance who move around the triangular world Azerbaijan have created.
For the second chorus, the triangular blocks light up in white LEDs. Then into the middle 8, there is the use of augmented reality with a dazzling glittery effect. In a performance similar to the first time round, there is substantial yet simple choreography in which Aisel performs in perfect sync with her dancers. We expect the dry ice to return for a future run through.
Camera shots in this performance: 47
Aisel and her backing vocalists are in fine vocal form!
It turns out that Aisel was wearing her stage outfit for the first rehearsal. As a reminder, Aisel is wearing a white all-in-one swimming costume-esque ensemble with lots of added material to make full use of several powerful wind machines. Furthermore, her four dancers are also dressed in white.
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Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Ari Ólafsson as they rehearse Our Choice next for Iceland. 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.