ESCXTRA: Live from Kyiv

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We will be providing a live stream throughout each and every day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as well as reports from every rehearsal that takes place over the two weeks, Facebook Live videos from the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and snapshots of Eurovision life from around the city on Twitter and Instagram.

Stick with us throughout the two weeks for instant updates from Kyiv about your favourite artists and make sure you check out our XtraVoix podcast with our friends at Eurovoix.com.

Day 7: Jacques Houdek completes second rehearsal for Croatia – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 7: Jacques Houdek completes second rehearsal for Croatia – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Jacques Houdek from Croatia. We have just watched his first run through of My Friend live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED backdrop begins with images of Jacques singing on them, while the camera angles keep switching depending on which side of the “duet” he is singing at that point. By the end of the performance, the …
Day 7: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson complete second rehearsal for San Marino – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 7: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson complete second rehearsal for San Marino – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson from San Marino. We have just watched their first run through of Spirit of the Night live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED backdrop brings the disco to Kyiv, lots of reds, yellow, pinks, purples although it doesn’t look dated as Serhat’s disco did last year. Valentina and Jimmie are both great singers …
Day 7: Anja Nissen completes second rehearsal for Denmark – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 7: Anja Nissen completes second rehearsal for Denmark – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Anja Nissen from Denmark. We have just watched her first run through of Where I Am live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Anja is absolutely faultless vocally, she is effortlessly in belting out those notes. She has made a return to the red dress from the national final which she kneels down in for the final chorus, putting every …
Day 7: Joci Pápai completes second rehearsal for Hungary – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 7: Joci Pápai completes second rehearsal for Hungary – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day seven of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Joci Pápai from Hungary. We have just watched their first run through of Origo live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED backdrop starts off gold, before progressing to blue and finally red for the final chorus. The B stage finally gets another use with Joci’s violinist performing from there. Joci is joined on the main stage by …
Day 7: Brendan Murray completes second rehearsal for Ireland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 7: Brendan Murray completes second rehearsal for Ireland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day seven of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Brendan Murray from Ireland. We have just watched his first run through of Dying to Try live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Brendan is still standing on a platform with a hot air balloon above him. However, he has slightly changed his outfit, this time favouring a white t-shirt underneath a white collared shirt with his black trousers. …
Day 7: OG3NE complete their second rehearsal for the Netherlands – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 7: OG3NE complete their second rehearsal for the Netherlands – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day seven of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The first artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is OG3NE from the Netherlands. We have just watched their first run through of Lights and Shadows live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED backdrops are still mostly blue themed with lyrics such as “cry no more” and “never give up” appearing at the appropriate times. During the “candle” lyric, candles appear on the backdrop and the LED floor. …
Day 6: Alma completes her first rehearsal for France – REVIEW

Day 6: Alma completes her first rehearsal for France – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Like yesterday, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Slovenia, Latvia, Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their first rehearsal is Alma from France. We have just watched her first run through of Requiem live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging As a standalone piece of art, the LED backdrops for France are stunning. They have various city skylines of Paris, matching the theme of the video. Alma is alone on stage in a black and glittery dress. The camera takes a lot of wide shots to show the LED …
Day 6: Lucie Jones completes her first rehearsal for the United Kingdom – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 6: Lucie Jones completes her first rehearsal for the United Kingdom – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Like yesterday, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Slovenia, Latvia, Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their first rehearsal is Lucie Jones from the United Kingdom. We have just watched her first run through of Never Give Up On You live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging Lucie begins her performance in a perspex shell, which shows reflections of Lucie. At all the right times, the shell, the backdrop and the stage arch all explode with golden circular shapes. Just before the big note at the end, the shapes …
Day 6: Levina completes her first rehearsal for Germany – REVIEW

Day 6: Levina completes her first rehearsal for Germany – REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Like yesterday, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Slovenia, Latvia, Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their first rehearsal is Levina from Germany. We have just watched her first run through of Perfect Life live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging The LED backdrop is silver, with black and white elements. As the song reaches its conclusion, stars begins to multiply and rise upwards creating a pyro curtain-esque effect without a pyro curtain. Yet who knows, we could still see pyros in the second rehearsal. There’s definitely potential for …
Day 6: Manel Navarro completes his first rehearsal for Spain – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 6: Manel Navarro completes his first rehearsal for Spain – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! Like yesterday, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Armenia, Slovenia, Latvia, Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their first rehearsal is Manel Navarro from Spain. We have just watched his first run through of Do It For Your Lover live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview There is little surprise in Manel’s rehearsal. The stage is well lit, with bright backing screens. Manel is with his guitar and sings fairly competently but some people here commented on him being off key at some moments. Reaction in the press centre There was …
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