WATCH: Finland, Azerbaijan and Portugal — second rehearsals at Eurovision 2017

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Blackbirds, chalk boards and Salvador Sobral’s sister. Yes, it’s time for the next tranche of Eurovision 2017 second rehearsals inside the International Exhibition Centre. Next up are Finland’s Norma John, Azerbaijan’s Dihaj and Portugal’s Luisa Sobral.

Finland: Norma John with “Blackbird”

Sometimes you have to strip things back to move forward. And Norma John did just that this morning during their second rehearsal. In their earlier rehearsal a red light flashed from the bottom of the LED and spread up higher onto the wall early in the song. Now it simply pulsates along the bottom of the LED, connoting a heart beat or siren. Later, as Leena brings the song home, the entire wall floods with a rich red. Leena’s vocals sounded extra rich and resonant this morning, drawing applause in the press centre. She’s not remotely intimidated by all of this and it seems the blackbird really will soar.

Finland’s Second Rehearsal at Eurovision 2017

Norma John, “Blackbird”: Performance Preview

Azerbaijan — Dihaj, “Skeletons”

Drum, drum, drum bring out the guns! And while you’re at it work out the kinks from your first rehearsal. Azerbaijan’s Dihaj did just that today, taking her performance to another level. The opening sequences inside the classroom has a dreamier feel. Owing to the angle of the camera, the grey LED appears to be a massive roof, totally enclosing Dihaj as she vogues against the wall. Later, when the man with the horse mask appears, he looks less comical and more artistic owing to new choreography he deploys while on the ladder. New camera shots include an aerial drop down from above, as Dihaj walks on a bright white circle. It feels thoroughly contemporary and slick.

Azerbaijan’s Second Rehearsal at Eurovision 2017

Dihaj, “Skeletons”: Performance Preview

Portugal: Salvador Sobral, “Amar pelos dois”

Portugal’s Second Rehearsal at Eurovision 2017

Salvador Sobral’s enchanted forest was just as enchanting during the second rehearsal. This time around his sister — and mother-of-one Luísa — poshed up in a black pantsuit and blouse with pussy bow. The camera pans slowly around her and featured more close-ups this time around. The LED moves from hues of blue to more hue of green, and the circular stage at times features a lovely green lighting effect at its edges. There is nothing flashy and over-the-top here. It’s all delightfully restrained and tasteful.

Luisa Sobral, “Amar pelos dois”: Performance Preview

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