ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 6: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika step up their choreography for Serbia – PREDICTION & 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.

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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.
The latest artist to rehearse for the second time is Sanja Ilić & Balkanika for Serbia. We have just watched their latest run through of Nova Deca live on screen and here is our initial reaction.


There are quite a few changes for this second Serbian rehearsal which mainly revolve around their costumes, see below, and additional choreography. The choreography now takes place throughout much of the song between Mladen and the three female performers, and it looks very polished and suits the track.
Danica is still the focus of the performance but Mladen is given more airtime in comparison to Tuesday’s rehearsal which enhances the connection between the two of them for the audience at home.

Camera shots in this performance: 52


All of the Serbian performers are sounding great, Danica sounds either more restrained with her vocals today… or the sound levels may have been altered. Nevertheless, this still sounds very effective.


Lots of costume changes today for Serbia in comparison to Tuesday! The three females are now in long, flowing dresses which are black on the top half and white on the bottom half. Mladen is in a black cape-type top with black skinny trousers. This results in a much darker performance that looks very cohesive.

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Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening as they rehearse Who We Are next for San Marino. 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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