ESCXTRA.com 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 Duncan Laurence, performing “Arcade” for The Netherlands. 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:
So we’ve had a bit of a overhaul for The Netherlands. In terms of props, the suspended orb hasn’t been replaced by a light sphere placed on his piano. Interestingly, we don’t have a close-up camera shot of Duncan until around 40 seconds in, a risky choice for a ballad that depends on emotional connection.
The LED backdrop is a beautiful smoky blue that complements Duncan and his piano well. Nevertheless, only once or twice throughout the performance does Duncan look down the camera lens.
His vocals are perfection and for this second run through, the light sphere has been removed from the top of his piano which is less distracting for viewers. The third run through is much improved for the last minute in which Duncan’s face is lit by the re-placed light sphere and he bangs the piano as he is overcome with emotion.
As soon as the official Eurovision YouTube channel uploads a video of today’s second rehearsal, we shall embed it right here for you to watch!
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!