ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 7 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Russia, Moldova, The Netherlands, Australia, Georgia, Poland, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Sweden, Montenegro, Slovenia and Ukraine.
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The last artist to rehearse today is MÉLOVIN for Ukraine. We have just watched their second run through of Under the Ladder live on screen and here is our initial reaction.
With such a huge prop, there are very limited changes from the first rehearsal. His “two-level gigantic piano” in which he hides at the very beginning has returned. The piano is lit up in red again today and it opens up for the first pre-chorus, lifting up by the contraption within the piano. MELOVIN is joined by four backing singers to the left again.
For the second verse, MELOVIN walks down the stairs and takes centre stage again with the staging and cameras. By the last chorus, MELOVIN has returned to his piano, and the staircases burst into flames!
The Ukrainian delegation tell us that “if the button of operation is pressed a half second earlier or later there is a chance for MELOVIN to damage himself seriously. And let’s not forget about the fire need to be released exactly when the singer starts playing the piano.”
Camera shots in this performance: 46
MELOVIN’s vocals are very strong, and he is supported well by his backing vocalists.
He is dressed like Dracula…without the fangs! You know what we mean!
To qualify or not to qualify?
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Watch the rehearsal!
Tomorrow, we will have second rehearsals from all of the big 5. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.