Wiwi: Romania remains one of the favorites with the Wiwi Jury, and Elena is still the front-runner in the race to become Eurovision’s Next Top Model. So naturally we’ve been holding our breath in anticipation of Mandinga’s first rehearsal. As expected they bring a lot of energy to the stage with their song “Zaleilah,” and make the most of their quirky instruments. The bag pipe player is given a starring role in the opening seconds, marching in from stage left. The brass tuba and electric accordion look fantastic with the stage lights, and Elena remains as hot as ever. She wore a coral-colored number today, but I suspect she will either revert back to her leather pantsuit from the national final for the semi-final, or unveil something even more spectacular and over the top.

It’s only the first rehearsal so I don’t want to pass judgment on Elena’s vocals just yet. She was still feeling the space and getting used to the arena today. My only worry is that with all the movement Elena might end up out of breath. Thank goodness she jumps around in space shoes and does butt lifts regularly as in this video from Romanian news. That might explain why she sits down at the 2:30 mark during her rehearsal. That brief pause lets her catch her breath and bring it home in the final bars of the song.

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Mire
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Mire

Mandinga is going to win Eurovision 2012 !!!!!!!! Good luck, guys, we love you!

anya
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anya

Hi Wiwi,

I am not sure you know who really is Maria Lucia Hoban, the Romanian luxury designer. Here you have some red carpet celebs wearing beautiful dresses by MLH:
http://blog.marialuciahohan.com/?cat=5

Imagine how amazing will look Elena in one of these dresses…just to have an idea about her outfitts specially designed for her!!

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MF
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Regarding: “I don’t want to pass judgment on Elena’s vocals just yet”.
Actually this is the most reserved site regarding Elena’s performance. Everything I’ve read so far was very positive. They even went to say that the best performances of the day (May 13th) were from Iceland, Romania and Albania.

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naty
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naty

Wiwi, I give you a little sneak-peek, Elena will have TWO different outfits for the stage. One for semi, one for final. And the boys will have special made costumes too. They will look great, believe me!
As for the vocals, Elena is making sure she doesnt use her voice too much, keeping it ready to give it’s best on the 22nd of May, in the LIVE performance on tv. And she will not dance too much either, to sing it well. We just have to wait for the big night, but we’ll have the other rehearsals to watch too 😀

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maria lucia hohan designed her two colorful dresses https://www.google.ro/search?hl=ro&pq=maria+lucia+hohan+designed+her2+colorful+dresses&cp=30&gs_id=4n1&xhr=t&q=maria+lucia+hohan+designed+her+colorful+dresses&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=1366&bih=675&bs=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=J-SvT5mrI6PB0QXGh7i6CQ#um=1&hl=ro&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=WuSvT8bKE8ndtAbS-KC0BA&ved=0CDkQBSgA&q=maria+lucia+hohan+celebrity&spell=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3d3a36e2da3d1f0c&biw=1366&bih=675