Minsk 2018

Day 2: An edgy performance and important message from Ukraine’s Darina – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Minsk for day 2 of rehearsals ahead of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018! 

Today’s schedule

The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, The Netherlands, Ukraine and Wales. Have a look at the full detailed rehearsal schedule by clicking here!

Next up to rehearse today is Darina Krasnovetska from Ukraine. We have just watched the first run through of Say Love live on screen and here is our initial overview.

Rehearsal review

As soon as the song begins we are immediately drawn in with immensely quick camera transitions… perhaps twenty before a word is sung! Upon the first verse commencing, the camera spins around Darina before switching to a shot of her red megaphone.

Darina herself is wearing a white costume with lots of white flowing fabric. As we reach the chorus, the red LEDs display the lyrics in big white letters: “Say love not war… hey you lay down your arms people of the universe” which is very effective.

For the “ljubov” post-chorus we switch to a black and white filter which still allows the red of the megaphone and the red detail on her costume to come through.

As we reach the middle 8, we get a clever camera effect blending two shots of Darina together on each side of the screen. We then return to the lyrics for the final chorus on the LEDs including the Cyrillic transliteration of “ljubov” as well as the familiar English lyrics.

An extremely edgy and effective performance from Ukraine and it will certainly surprise viewership tuning in for the first song on Sunday!

Watch the rehearsal!

Stay tuned for our review of Manw’s rehearsal of Perta next for Wales. Furthermore, click here for a recap of everything that happened on day 1!

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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