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 latest artist to rehearse for the second time is Ari Ólafsson for Iceland. We have just watched their latest run through of Our Choice live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
Ari hasn’t changed anything today. He stands centre stage with a mic-stand and is flanked by five backing singers – two male, three female. The final chorus has again the gold lighting which gives the last 30 seconds or so a real lift.
Camera shots in this performance: 35
His vocal quality is as strong as it always is, there’s no doubt that Ari can really sing.
The costume is, unfortunately, unchanged. The white jacket has returned with its red metro map print, as has the red turtleneck.
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Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Sennek as they rehearse A Matter of Time next for Belgium. 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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