ESCXTRA: Live from Kyiv

Follow all the latest from rehearsals in Kyiv, Ukraine and keep up to date with the breaking news with us at ESCXTRA: Live from Kyiv!

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 5: Hovig completes second rehearsal for Cyprus – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Hovig completes second rehearsal for Cyprus – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Hovig from Cyprus. We have just watched his first run through of Gravity live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Hovig has continued to dramatically improve his choreography, everything was pretty much on point the first run through today. There is lots of use of the LED floor in this performance which is very effective and the simple gravity-defying choreography works well. Hovig’s vocals have also been perfected, …
Day 5: Martina Bárta completes second rehearsal for the Czech Republic – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Martina Bárta completes second rehearsal for the Czech Republic – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Martina Bárta from the Czech Republic. We have just watched her first run through of My Turn live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Martina has kept her shiny golden jumpsuit outfit for this run through and her LEDs are stil very pink, purple and gold with images from the music video appearing at times. As always Martina’s vocals are on point, her unique tone really adds an …
Day 5: Svala completes second rehearsal for Iceland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Svala completes second rehearsal for Iceland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Svala from Iceland. We have just watched her first run through of Paper live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Svala has changed her costume for the second rehearsal. She is now in a white outfit with a large cape. The LED contains lots of blues and green, very reminiscent of the northern lights. During the middle 8, the stage darkens to reveal strobe lighting which looks very …
Day 5: Sunstroke Project complete second rehearsal for Moldova – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Sunstroke Project complete second rehearsal for Moldova – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Sunstroke Project from Moldova. We have just watched thier first run through of Hey Mamma live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Moldova’s staging is very bright and energetic with images of the performers appearing on the LEDs to create a very effective multiplier effect. The brides have are still there providing backing vocals and dancing with the Sunstroke Project guys. Vocals seem perfectly competent for the song. …
Day 5: Kasia Moś completes second rehearsal for Poland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Kasia Moś completes second rehearsal for Poland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Kasia Moś from Poland. We have just watched her first run through of Flashlight live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED uses various shades of blue, sometimes with images of clouds and sometimes with images of birds amongst others. The camerawork seems to have been improved, with a few camera shots of the LED floor that showed starry constellation-type images. Kasia’s vocals are flawless and she …
Day 5: Demy completes second rehearsal for Greece – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Demy completes second rehearsal for Greece – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Demy from Greece. We have just watched her first run through of This Is Love live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview We begin with the raindrops LED background which changes to gold raindrops for the chorus. Demy is still with her two male dancers who are in some sort of water box. There is the use of a hologram screen for a small part of the performance …
Day 5: Salvador Sobral’s sister Luísa completes second rehearsal for Portugal – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Salvador Sobral’s sister Luísa completes second rehearsal for Portugal – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Salvador Sobral’s sister Luísa from Portugal. We have just watched her first run through of Amar pelos dois live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Luísa c is performing on the B stage, which will work very effectively in creating an intimate atmosphere with the audience. There is a gorgeous forest LED backdrop and she performed this beautifully in her own unique style. Luísa is wearing a black suit with …
Day 5: Dihaj completes second rehearsal for Azerbaijan – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Dihaj completes second rehearsal for Azerbaijan – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Dihaj from Azerbaijan. We have just watched her first run through of Skeletons live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Dihaj is in her black box with chalked words, with a man wearing a horse head on the stepladder. The whole thing is so cohesive, so modern, so out-there and I think this is potentially the best rehearsal so far for me – I was not here for …
Day 5: Norma John complete second rehearsal for Finland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Norma John complete second rehearsal for Finland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Norma John from Finland. We have just watched their first run through of Blackbird live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED backdrop begins with black and blue stormy imagery. For the final chorus of the song, this imagery turns red. Leena and Lasse are both dressed in black, in a very similar set-up to that in UMK. Qualification prospects I think this is probably just a qualifier …
Day 5: Slavko Kalezić completes second rehearsal for Montenegro – PREDICTION & REVIEW

Day 5: Slavko Kalezić completes second rehearsal for Montenegro – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day five of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! For the first time, we can bring you live audio from the press centre television screens that show each rehearsal. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Sweden, Georgia, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Montenegro, Finland, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Moldova, Iceland, Czech Republic and Cyprus. 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 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 Slavko Kalezić from Montenegro. We have just watched his first run through of Space live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The LED backdrops are very bright, with various images of Slavko dancing on the background. Slavko’s choreography still feels a bit all over the place and a bit amateurish but his vocals are competent for the song. It does seem to be coming together though compared to …
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