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🇲🇹 LIVE DAY 8 REVIEW: A complete performance overhaul for Malta’s Michela 🇲🇹

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 Michela, performing “Chameleon” for Malta . 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:

In terms of changes from first to second rehearsal, Malta certainly have the most of any nation. They have now dropped the LED screen props, and are now using the massive LED backdrop instead. It is still mostly filmed as a music video, but the wider stage and arena is now visible more often.

Michela and her four dancers are now all in white casual clothing that contrasts well with the constantly changing, brightly coloured backdrops. The lighting on the backing dancers changes at times so they blend in with the backdrop.

Michela looks extremely happy and confident throughout this performance, and we have several overlays of rain, fish and fireflies that give this such a fresh feel. This is what a massive pop performance in 2019 should look like, congratulations Malta.

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!

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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