ESCXTRA: Live from Tel Aviv🇭🇺 Hungary

LIVE DAY 1 REVIEW: 🇭🇺 Joci Pápai dedicates his song to fathers for Hungary 🇭🇺

Cyprus, Montenegro, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus and Serbia are rehearsing today at the Expo Tel Aviv are live in Israel at the Expo Tel Aviv press centre for day 1 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Cyprus, Montenegro, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus and Serbia.

Below, you’ll see our written review of each rehearsal. If you want more, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the Expo Tel Aviv by visiting our home page. There, you can watch our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal.

Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

Rehearsing right now inside the Expo Tel Aviv is Joci Pápai, performing “Az én apám” for Hungary. We will continue to update this article as each run through takes place, so make sure to keep refreshing for the most up-to-date review!

Joci is dressed in one of his signature styles, with an all-black outfit. He’s wearing a tight-fitted short sleeved top and three quarter-length trousers. Beginning his performance sat on a box, we see the Hungarian is barefoot. The entire performance is bathed in red and gold lighting.

We get nice use of the LED floor during the middle of the performance when a golden path emerges which we see Joci’s figure walking down from a camera shot from above. Also, from the first chorus, we see images of what we presume to be fathers on the LED backdrop.

At the end of the performance, we have golden sparks floating up the LED backdrop, creating a reverse effect of the golden pyro shower we are used to seeing in Eurovision. It’s a minimalist performance that puts Joci and his song centre stage.

Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of today’s rehearsals here at the Expo Tel Aviv. If you want to know what to expect for the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre, via our home page, for instant reactions to each rehearsal!

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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