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 Franka for Croatia. We have just watched their latest run through of Crazy live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
As expected, the already very effective staging has not been changed!
We begin with a close shot of Franka, with dramatic flashing lighting used as the beat comes in. Already there is lots of smoke used creating a mysterious feel to the stage. Eurovision fans will immediately make comparisons to the last couple of Armenian entries, with Franka using lots of arm choreography and fast camera cuts for the “love love love” hook.
From the second verse, Franka moves around the stage and a wind machine launches into action. In general, the lighting is a mix of blue, red and black. Again, Franka is crying by the end of the song.
Camera shots in this performance: 48
Franka’s vocals are undeniably perfect and she handles the whole thing fantastically with minimal backing vocals for most of the song.
Franka is wearing the same costume that she wore for her first rehearsal: a black lacy, glittery, translucent dress. She looks stunning!
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Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Equinox as they rehearse Bones next for Bulgaria. 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.