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. (Yes, we know, it’s a long one…)
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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 Rasmussen for Denmark. We have just watched their latest run through of Higher Ground live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
This is very similar to the first rehearsal. As a reminder…
If you’ve seen Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, you will know exactly what to expect as once again DR elect to stick to their national final staging. The performance is bathed in blue lighting, with a large boat sail on either side of the stage. For the final chorus, the wind machine is turned up and we get the snow effect as used in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Although they seem to be having some issues getting it working correctly – the snow was falling far behind Rasmussen.
Rasmussen is joined by four backing vocalists and one of these go to the back of the stage during the final chorus to wave a big white flag. This would really benefit from some dry ice!
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Rasmussen’s vocals can’t be faulted and he works in perfect harmony with the backing vocals.
The outfits are also the same: the costumes from the national final. They look great, so we’re not complaining!
To qualify or not to qualify?
We have taken a flash poll from around the ESCXTRA table here in the press centre and 5 out of 6 of us say…
Watch the rehearsal!
Stay tuned for our reaction to Cláudia Pascoal as they rehearse O jardim next for Portugal. 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.