ESCXTRA: Live from Lisbon

Day 8: Portugal sends chills through the press centre – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Lisbon for day 8 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Portugal, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France and Italy. It’s a very short day today because this afternoon, the blue carpet takes place ahead of the official Opening Ceremony!

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 first artist to rehearse today for the second time is Cláudia Pascoal for Portugal. We have just watched their latest run through of O jardim live on screen and here is our initial reaction.


Portugal have kept the staging from their first rehearsal, with minor changes to the camera work. To remind you…
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 right to Claudia. She is visible for much longer than in the first rehearsal, facing Cláudia as she sings. A beautiful performance.

Camera shots in this performance: 34


Claudia’s vocals are spot on, and her voice is just beautiful, sending chills through the press centre! Isaura works really well with her when she appears.


The artist’s outfits are different this time, but still definitely not the stage outfits. Cláudia is wearing jeans and a dark gold long cardigan with a striped tank top underneath. Isaura is wearing a red bomber jacket with black pants and white trainers.

Left hand side of the board?

We have taken a flash poll from around the ESCXTRA table here in the press centre and  7 out of 7 of us say…


Watch the rehearsal

Stay tuned for our reaction to SuRie as they rehearse Storm next for the 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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