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LIVE DAY 2 REVIEW: 🇧🇪 Tribal drummers and peace motifs for Belgium’s Eliot 🇧🇪

Belgium, Georgia, Australia, Iceland, Estonia, Portugal, Greece and San Marino are rehearsing today at the Expo Tel Aviv are live in Israel at the Expo Tel Aviv press centre for day 2 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Belgium, Georgia, Australia, Iceland, Estonia, Portugal, Greece and San Marino.

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 Eliot, performing “Wake Up” for Belgium. 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!

Eliot’s stage is set up with two small vertical drums, and one big vertical drum. A female with braided hair bangs the two small drums, with a male taking charge of the larger one. Both the drummers and Eliot are in dark blue and red outfits, which gives the performance a tribal feel.

For those familiar with Eliot’s recent performance on The Voice, the Tel Aviv performance is very much a developed version of that. Eliot uses simple hand choreography throughout the performance, include the punch in the air when “he’s here to fight”.

During the verses the LEDs are blues and reds, to match the costumes, and they turn to whites and silvers for the choruses. During the choruses, the white stripes on the backdrop vibrate in time with the drum beat which looks effective.

For the final chorus, the drummers move to centre stage with Eliot to perform strong arm movements together, and we see that the drummers are wearing t-shirts with peace motifs on them. Eliot smiles at the camera, connecting well with the audience.

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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