Minsk 2018

Day 1: Belarus using home advantage by bringing props galore to the party – 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.

Last up to rehearse today is Daniel Yastremski from Belarus. We have just watched the first run through of Time live on screen and here is our initial overview.

Rehearsal review

LED SOFA PROP CLAXON! In all seriousness, there’s a pretty modern looking sofa shaped prop which is fully lit by LED lights around is perimeter. There’s also a basketball net and a BMX cyclist as part of the routine. There’s a lot going on.

In terms of the actual performance, we start with a close up on Daniel stood centre stage before we see ripples on the floor below him and a direct look straight down the camera as the beat kicks in. 

He has two backing dancers and the first run of the chorus uses a full rotation of blue strobe lighting from the back of stage. 

The second verse sees two more backing dancers join Daniel on the sofa before the four dancers and Daniel go over to the basketball court.

Then we have a second chorus with palm trees on the LED screens and a BMX rider circling Daniel on stage. 

For the final chorus, two boats with LCD lights around the sails come on to stage as props whilst the video screen shows some waves on it.

There is so much going on here and we aren’t quite sure how it ties together yet. It might look neater once they’ve finalised their choices of camera shots.

In terms of outfit, Daniel is casually dressed as we expected him to be with a young, urban look that many of today’s youth rock up in on a Saturday afternoon in the park.

Watch the rehearsal!

We will be back later tonight with a round-up of all today’s rehearsals. Tomorrow, we’ll be seeing Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, The Netherlands, Ukraine and Wales take to the stage for the first time. For now, it’s a goodnight from us in Minsk!

Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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