Chris: Elhaida’s first rehearsal was a bit hit-and-miss for me. The song and the staging didn’t really come together until the final minute or so – Elhaida just seemed unsure of what she was doing, some of which could have been down to problems with her in-ear on her first runthrough. She’s looking gorgeous in a black dress with a cape which really channels Loreen with some of the cut out sections. Elhaida managed to hit the high note that she has struggled with at some of the tour performances as well which bodes well for the night, even when she seemed to be resting her vocals for later on. Undoubtedly this will qualify, but I’m not sure if this is a semi final (or Eurovision) winner at this point.
Albania’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: It’s been a mixed day for Elhaida. Her first run through appeared to be rife with technical hitches, and she was visibly frustrated. She kept fiddling with her earpiece, and failed to hit those all important high notes. Second time round things were much smoother, and the vocals were on point. Camera angles still need some work, and the cloak ensemble looks a bit odd. This still has the potential to do well, but I think a win can be ruled out.
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Photo: Courtesy Andres Putting (EBU)