Minsk 2018

Day 1: Azerbaijan brings a big white box for Fidan Huseynova – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Minsk for day 1 of rehearsals ahead of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018! 

Today’s schedule

The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Israel, France, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Georgia, Ireland, Albania and Belarus.

Next up to rehearse is Fidan Huseynova from Azerbaijan. We have just watched the first run through of I Wanna Be Like You live on screen and here is our initial overview.

Rehearsal review

Azerbaijan love a prop and they’ve brought with them a light-up white box… I’m thinking Christina Metaxa’s performance for Cyprus in Moscow! Fidan begins her performance by sitting on the box in a white dress with big frills. She’s using a head microphone allowing her arms to flow in time with the music.

We have subtle blue lighting to begin with an we see an image of a globe on the floor courtesy of an overhead shot. For the second verse, Fidan rises to her feet and is joined by 4 dancers, who are also in white and have lights attached to the palms of their hands.

The dancers and Fidan perform the classic stand in a line with moving arms move. By this point, the lighting has changed to gold with the use of bursting stars at the beginning of the chorus and during the big notes at the end.

For the big notes, Fidan stands on the box with the dancers performing around her. A camera shot from the back of the stage shows a cute little stool behind the box that Fidan uses to climb into the box which is almost as big as her. It’s a very visually interesting performance as always from Azerbaijan!

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our review of Noam Dadon’s rehearsal of Children Like These next for Israel!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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