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🇦🇱 LIVE DAY 8 REVIEW: Fire and lots of emotions from Jonida 🇦🇱

Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, Norway, Netherlands, North Macedonia, and Azerbaijan are rehearsing today at the Expo Tel Aviv are live in Israel at the Expo Tel Aviv press centre for day 8 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, Norway, Netherlands, North Macedonia, and Azerbaijan.

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 Jonida Maliqi, performing “Ktheju tokës” for Albania. 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!

Firstly, remind yourselves what happened in the first rehearsal:

And now here is what we’ve noticed in today’s second rehearsal:

The show starts with a slow moving shot of Jonida from behind and we get a view of her traditional looking black outfit, complemented with golden traditional embroidery. Circular fire elements appear on the floor from the start. After a zooming out camera shot the fire elements on the floor transform into a burning sun and fire appears in the back LED wall as well. The instrumental part includes a combination of slow camera shots that range from close ups to distance shots that include the audience. The vocal performance is excellent and the backing vocals complement her and the ethnic feel of the song, flawlessly. The performance wraps up with Jonida moving her hands in a wavy manner, evoking strong emotions.

Here is a reminder of the first rehearsal:

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!

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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