Another day, another chance to perfect your dance moves, hit those high notes and find the light ahead of Eurovision 2017. This morning second rehearsals are unfolding inside the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. We’re uploading all of the second rehearsals to our YouTube channel and will sound off below on the tweaks the artists have made since their first run-through earlier this week. First up are Robin Bengtsson, Georgia’s Tamara Gachechiladze and Australia’s Isaiah.
Sweden: Robin Bengtsson with “I Can’t Go On”
He sings “girl, you make me a believer, I wanna take off all my clothes.” But during his second rehearsal Robin Bengtsson kept his suit on and once again it hugged him in all the right places. The opening, where he walks in from back stage, took on a more golden hue this morning. The bright lights of that intro contrast more sharply with the darker blues and purples that appear on stage.
This was already polished and sleek, so producers didn’t have that much to work on. But they did correct their biggest mistake from the first rehearsal, where the cameras didn’t always catch the artist from all sides. Robin’s choreography on the treadmill deliberately has him turning his back to the audience. This time the cameras managed to capture all of him from that angle (rather than just his ass) helping up the funky swagger this performance relies on.
Sweden’s Second Rehearsal at Eurovision 2017
Robin Bengtsson, “I Can’t Go On”: Performance Preview
Georgia: Tamara Gachechiladze with “Keep the Faith”
Tamara finally unveiled her stage dress and it continues her theme of fire and passion. The hip-hugging red sequinned gown sweeps the floor and features illusion cut-outs that match Tamara’s skin tone perfectly. Slightly translucent at the skirt, it shows off her perfect pins when light shines from behind.
Producers have given this a bit more life and energy with some faster camera cuts and more interesting shots, including one where they pan out dramatically as the pyro flames shoot up to the sky and the spaceship stage turns orange. Drama.
Georgia’s Second Rehearsal at Eurovision 2017
Tamara Gachechiladze, “Keep the Faith”: Performance Preview
Australia: Isaiah with “Don’t Come Easy”
Because Georgia and Australia are both working with Swedish stage director Sacha Jean-Baptiste, Australia’s audition slot was pushed back one space so she could go into the viewing room with Georgia.
When Australia finally did take the stage, Isaiah was firmly in control. He walked on his spinning platform with more confidence, which gave the entire performance more energy and thrust. The wheels and undercarriage of the platform weren’t visible this time, helping protect the intimate and magical atmosphere he creates with his LEDs. The camera cuts were tighter and at times moved from shot to shot much more quickly, helping add dynamism.