ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 7: Poland lights up the Altice Arena – PREDICTION & REVIEW

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.

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.
The latest artist to rehearse for the second time is Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer for Poland. We have just watched their latest run through of Light Me Up live on screen and here is our initial reaction.


The Polish performance hasn’t changed at all since the first rehearsal:
The opening shot of the performance is Lukas, with an immediate switch to Gromee behind his DJ decks. The camera constantly switches behind the two throughout the track. Gromee’s DJ deck and the surrounding stage lighting begin in blue, and change to pink for the chorus.
During the first chorus, we see the three backing vocalists to the right of Gromee, with a guitarist to the left. As we approach the first instrumental, we see Gromee do his arm snake dance to a camera behind him at the back of the stage and we get pyro fountains as the instrumental hits.
For the final chorus and breakdown, Lukas moves to the outer ring of the stage and there’s a tease that more pyro fountains will be employed at this point.

Camera shots in this performance: 58


Lukas’ vocals are spot on and the backing vocals are just right for the performance.


Both Gromee and Lukas Meijer are dressed very similarly to in the first rehearsal, with minor differences to jewelry and accessories worn.

To qualify or not to qualify?

We have taken a flash poll from around the ESCXTRA table here in the press centre and 8 out of 9 of us say…


Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Christabelle as they rehearse Taboo next for Malta. 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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