ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 6: An intimate and atmospheric performance for Portugal’s Claudia Pascoal – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 6 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Switzerland, Ireland, Cyprus, Norway, Romania, Serbia, San Marino, Denmark, Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.

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.

First up for their first rehearsal is Claudia Pascoal for Portugal. We have just watched their latest run through of O Jardim live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Staging

Remarkably, for the first 1 minute and 40 seconds of the performance, Claudia is filmed using entirely close shots with soft transitions in between each camera cut. Claudia is surrounded by sporadic gold lights. Once we finally switch to a wider angle, it is revealed these lights are props on stage that look like photographer spotlights.

When Isaura is introduced with the first wide angle shot, she is standing stage left to Claudia. She is only visible for around 10-15 seconds before we return to a series of close shots of Claudia until the end of the song. A beautiful performance.

Camera shots in this performance: 34

Vocals

Claudia’s vocals are absolutely stunning, with her unique vocal tone and overwhelming emotion. Isaura provides support where needed but does in no way overshadow Claudia’s delivery.

Costume

Today, Claudia is wearing a pale pink nightgown style dress with her beautiful pink hair falling below her shoulders. Isaura is wearing casual clothes, including a black Nirvana branded t-shirt. We expect these aren’t the final stage costumes, particularly in Isaura’s case.

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to SuRie as they rehearse Storm next for United Kingdom. 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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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!
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