We’re less than a week away from Eurovision fortnight, when rehearsals start and Eurovision songs become associated forever more with how they’re performed on stage. And this year clips have already started leaking from stand-in rehearsals, giving us a jumpstart on the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Among those out there and circulating are clips showcasing the staging for Belgium’s Blanche and Armenia’s Artsvik

BELGIUM’S EUROVISION 2017 STAGING

As rumoured, the screens appear to steer close to the feel of the music video, focusing on pulsing beams of light and illuminating explosions of colour in time to the beat of the track.

The green room is illuminated in a similar theme to the screens, suggesting, as in recent years, that the arena will act as an extension of the vibes being channelled on stage. We don’t yet have an indication of how Blanche herself will perform on stage, but if she has that as a backdrop she’s on to a good thing.

ARMENIA’S EUROVISION 2017 STAGING

Artsvik is flying the flag for Armenia in Kyiv. And if the stage show is anything to go by she’ll be looking pretty in pink.

The short exert focuses on the opening and could offer a teaser for how the stage will look between acts, with the alternative blue-yellow colour scheme in use, over the pink-purple theme we’ve seen used more recently.

MORE STAGING SNEAK-PEAKS

Armenia and Belgium aren’t the only countries whose staging has been leaked. A shot of a screen with sunflowers and rainbows appeared in the Eurovision Diary over the weekend, which speculation suggests will be used during Belarus’s performance.

Social media speculation also suggests another screen with near-naked figures on it could be taken from the Czech Republic’s performance.

All of the screens for this year’s performances will be revealed during the course of rehearsals which start this Sunday in Kyiv.

What do you think of the screens? Are you excited to see the stage in action in Kyiv? Who do you think the sunflower and naked figures screens belong to?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Margareta
4 years ago

great points altogether, you simply gained a new reader. What would you recommend about your post that you made some days ago? Any positive?

Wozzeck
Wozzeck
4 years ago

Blue for Belgium? Really? It shoud be red. Very dark and very red.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
4 years ago

I think the flower field might be

Wait for it..

Wait for it…

Albania!!! I think that because all the stagings are from SF1 (Cech Rep. Belgium and Armenia) so that means that it should be for a song from SF1.
I think that they might open with this flower field and everything happy, and then when the first chorus kicks in, the flower field will be destroyed and then everything is sad, showing what we do to our world. If so their chances for the final would double.

Kremlin Calling
Kremlin Calling
4 years ago

Ukraine has the right arena, is not small at all, last year in Sweden there were some empty chairs and that looks bad.
Jon Ola Sand said 2 things :
-esc can’t have more than 43-44 countries
-the arena must have the right measures, it isn’t ”the bigger the better”

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 years ago

well it can have 46 countries I belive.:)

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

they’re so basic… guess we won’t go to yerevan and brussels next year.

Siranush
Siranush
4 years ago
Reply to  fikri

Well you remember how the Armenian music video started out, and then it became awesome!

Loui
Loui
4 years ago

Blanche will use an orb!! Look at second 0.05-0.7 on the thing that hangs above the stage!! U see this weird spotlight moving on it (maybe following the orb) and it goes directly to blanche
Omg

John
John
4 years ago

The Blue tree and yellow sunflowers are the colors of Ukraine. This will be the staging for Jamala’s interval act of her song “Zamanyly”. See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZioreJPDNY

DyGh
DyGh
4 years ago

The question who has the flowers in the background? The answer is Austria 2016 which made me trip when seeing those flowers starting to dance.

ORE92
ORE92
4 years ago

The stage looks great! If that is Czechia’s staging, then I think we are in for a treat!

menabuoi
menabuoi
4 years ago
Reply to  ORE92

Please stop trying to make “Czechia” happen. It sounds retarded.

DyGh
DyGh
4 years ago
Reply to  menabuoi

Why not making an easier way to pronounce that country?

Siranush
Siranush
4 years ago
Reply to  menabuoi

Most other countries say Czechia, so why not?

GermanDankHouse
GermanDankHouse
4 years ago
Reply to  menabuoi

They officially changed their English pronounced name to Czechia so please get over it @menabuoi. They also should use the new name for Eurovision as that’s how they want it to be pronounced.

Arel
Arel
4 years ago

they didn’t CHANGE the name, it is only an alternative name. Both are equally correct to use.
Please, Martina, qualify!!

ESC84
ESC84
4 years ago
Reply to  ORE92

Why don’t they just call Czech. I don’t know why many European countries call themselves xxxxxxia

Juanma
Juanma
4 years ago
Reply to  ESC84

Because that’s a land suffix. The equivalent in Germanic languages is -land. Comes from Latin language.
(Russia-Russland)

Mark Beckenbreur
Mark Beckenbreur
4 years ago
Reply to  ESC84

Btw. ‘Ia’ is an indoeuropean suffix.

Nvm
Nvm
4 years ago

I don’t wish the screen that is supposedly Belarus’ on anybody.

On a serious note, I do hope that this one will be changed. It is really too kitschy.

Zebb
Zebb
4 years ago
Reply to  Nvm

Yeah, agree. For me looks like painting in kindergarten.

anonymous91
anonymous91
4 years ago
Reply to  Zebb

it really suits the hysterically happy song of Belarus i think, and wasn’t the video of NaviBand also in a forest or nature

however i find it looking quite nice, if you got the right song with it, happy song needs happy and joyful staging

Álex, from Spain
Álex, from Spain
4 years ago

So random.

Becky
Becky
4 years ago

I have a feeling that the supposed Belgium staging is actually just a general backdrop they’re using as each entrant’s song plays – sort of a tester backdrop whilst they test the audio of each song in the stadium environment. I say this because I’m sure I saw a video earlier of the same swirling, geometric pattern moving across the stage as Svala’s ‘Papercut’ was playing.

Aline
Aline
4 years ago
Reply to  Becky

FAKE NEWS

Louis
Louis
4 years ago
Reply to  Becky

They used exact same backdrop at the voice belgique.. It felt way to cold.. Not like the clip at all 🙁

Irma
Irma
4 years ago
Reply to  Becky

Svala actually has lighting as background while blanche has some sort of weird shapes but idk you might be right

Danny
Danny
4 years ago
Reply to  Becky

Those triangle shapes are called “plexus” and it is a very over used effect that you can see in many places.

fikri
fikri
4 years ago
Reply to  Danny

i learn something new today. thanks, danny.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

I really hope the sunflower one doesn’t belong to Belarus, it looks way too kitsch.

esconly
esconly
4 years ago

Checzh Republic seems to be amazing!
These “warm” lights combined with this amazing voice!!

Stan
Stan
4 years ago

Well, considering the other 3 are from semi 1, I’d go for Montenegro. It could also be an intervalact

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

There was also a leak of the Azeri staging.

And

Right now there was a huge HEAD as a prop on stage …. Who might use that?

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 years ago
Reply to  Leaf

Could you please tell us where did you find it?:)

Rhaella
Rhaella
4 years ago
Reply to  Erasmus

On instagram, just search for Eurovision.ua 🙂

Rhaella
Rhaella
4 years ago
Reply to  Leaf

@ Leaf
Could you describe the Azeri scene? ‘Cause I’ve heard about it but they deleted it from instagram 🙂

esconly
esconly
4 years ago
Reply to  Leaf

Please desribe it becouse it is not on ig anymore…

Robot123
Robot123
4 years ago
Reply to  esconly

This was the only image shared from DIHAJ stage so far, they are trying hard to hide skeletons
https://twitter.com/Eurovisn_Turkey/status/855477278427541505

Greta
Greta
4 years ago
Reply to  esconly

I saw it! Nothing special. Very dark staging and a head ( skeleton) on the middle of the stage

Robot123
Robot123
4 years ago
Reply to  Leaf

And here is one more from Dihaj (poor quality though)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6COabz_tbI

EurovisionTales
EurovisionTales
4 years ago
Reply to  Leaf

@leaf Switzerland will use the head, its supposed to be Apollos head, greek god of beauty

Liame Roy
Liame Roy
4 years ago

sunflower one looks like Danmark2012xAut2016

azaad
azaad
4 years ago

There are reports that NRK and Jowst are pressuring the EBU to allow pre recorded vocals in their entry.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago
Reply to  azaad

I really hope they won’t allow it, otherwise future entries will all use them.

Esc123
Esc123
4 years ago
Reply to  azaad

In 1999 croatia’s song “Marija Magdalena” had prerecorded sounds that sounded like human voices even though they stated that those voices were electronic but despite that croatia was punished and some percentage of their votes were taken from them…thats why they finished 4th….aaaand guess which country was complaining about those prerecored sounds? Yeah, it was Norway…and they actually requested croatia’s elimination…and now they want the rules to change. Lol

M_K
M_K
4 years ago
Reply to  Esc123

The points weren’t actually taken from Croatia, they were just lowered by 1/3 in the calculation of the average result of the previous five years (which determined the relegated countries back then). So it had nothing to do with Croatia finishing fourth, the points on the scoreboard were not changed at all. 😉

Esc123
Esc123
4 years ago
Reply to  M_K

Well, ok, maybe you’re right, and thanks for that info but that wasn’t the point of my comment…i just wanted to point out the irony in this

Danny
Danny
4 years ago
Reply to  Esc123

If eurovision wants to be a modern music competition, they must allow pre recorded voice samples. It is widely used in many genres and it is silly that eurovision songs should sound outdated because of an outdated rule. Think about the songs such as “Where Are You Now” by Justin Bieber or “Lean On” by Major Lazer. Those songs use processed human voices as a key ingredient of the music. As for today, no Eurovision song can reach that production value because of this rule.

Esc123
Esc123
4 years ago
Reply to  Danny

Well i think its false to say that you need pre recorded voice samples to sound modern…i mean yeah its easier to sound modern with them but i dont think they are necessary…also, everyone would probably use this and there is a chance that, over the years, live vocal performance becomes irrelevant because of the amount of pre recorded vocals some songs have….And lets be realistic, if this is allowed it would be used in all of the wrong ways so its probably the best to hear this cheesy songs 100% live

ESC84
ESC84
4 years ago
Reply to  Danny

No, nul points for pre recorded voice. Find a way to deal with the “modern sound” problem instead of depending on pre recorded voice, thats what artists do when they do not have necessary camera/ painting brush or whatever.

lol
lol
4 years ago

Belgium’s staging gives me flashbacks of Norway 2015! and we all know how that went

velorin
velorin
4 years ago
Reply to  lol

Norway 2015 qualified and came top 10 ?? And has nothing to do with this staging ?

Hsinaps
Hsinaps
4 years ago

Czech Republic giving some “sie sind das essen und wir sind die jäger” vibes lol

anonymous91
anonymous91
4 years ago

could the sunflower staging be Yodel It’s staging

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 years ago
Reply to  anonymous91

I belive it must be from semi final 1. not sure tho

anonymous91
anonymous91
4 years ago
Reply to  Erasmus

maybe Portugal then, seems like a sweet staging for that song 🙂

i would be more liking Portugal then, if they go for something sweet

LetMeJinx
LetMeJinx
4 years ago
Reply to  anonymous91

Nooo, in interview with Björkman they showed stage with trees on LED screen, which was in Salvador’s performance in portugese final and Björkman said they just had Portugal’s rehearsal so this one can’t be for portugal. Maybe it’s for Romania, it could also be for Belarus maybe…

anonymous91
anonymous91
4 years ago
Reply to  LetMeJinx

i hope so, it looks like a fun staging, i like sunflowers tbh

Joe
Joe
4 years ago
Reply to  anonymous91

maybe Greece.

esconly
esconly
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Fokas will not allowed the releasing of any video or image before the first rehearsal…

Pavel
Pavel
4 years ago

Not crazy about how this year’s stage is structured. You can tell Sweden spent more money !

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
4 years ago
Reply to  Pavel

They did? I was under the impression Sweden spent far less.
Do you have a source?

Donna Vey
Donna Vey
4 years ago

It’s also about how you spend your money, and how well you apply your knowledge, skills, and experience, not just how much money you spend.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
4 years ago
Reply to  Donna Vey

Indeed. While the budget for 2016 might have been less I suppose Sweden and SVT already have much of the infrastructure and talent in place, so to say.
But the stage in Kiev is much larger and requires far more equipment.
That’s why I asked for a source. People tend to speculate a lot.

Harut
Harut
4 years ago

Armenia will change it probably they will ise Chandelier

Lukewarm
Lukewarm
4 years ago

None looks too good.

Joe
Joe
4 years ago

Czech is kinda spooky…

Joe
Joe
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe

I just saw one big head on the stage, I think it’s Ukraine’s.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
4 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Joe I think they will use the sam staging as in the NF, it was very cool and effective

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
4 years ago

Are there projections on the arch, or reflections? Looks stunning in any case.

Lolol
Lolol
4 years ago

Yes, there are projections on the arch, so it can be used in addition to the LED.

Racal
Racal
4 years ago

City Lights is one of my favourite songs, but I have this gut feeling that they’re going to mess up the staging and the performance… Everything we’ve seen so far (live performances at Eurovision parties, staging snippets, etc.) doesn’t look good at all.

wim
wim
4 years ago
Reply to  Racal

Just wait until Kiev, because Blanche saved the very best for last and will slay. Brussels 2018 here we come.

escfan
escfan
4 years ago
Reply to  Racal

racal is just a professional hater he goes on every articles to hate everything he can, he is pathetic.

ESC84
ESC84
4 years ago

Nothing special at all,,,,

Louis
Louis
4 years ago
Reply to  ESC84

She was good on the radio!! Very good

Hada
Hada
4 years ago

In other news, Occidentali’s Karma reached 100 million views on YouTube, which makes it VEVO Certified.

AAA
AAA
4 years ago
Reply to  Hada

YAAAAAAAAAAAS! GO FRANCESCO!

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

Both stagings look like a mess.
Those colours are a big mistake.

Blue for Belgium? It doesn’t go on the same direction as the videoclip.
That visual is so generic, no identity there.
I thought Belgium would have learnt from 2015. They always bring amazing songs, but they need the final click on their stagings to make it really work.

Armenia.. well I don’t care. And it looks Sasha care even less XD.
She will be just focus on Bulgaria I guess.

Cannibal
Cannibal
4 years ago

Belgium is going to flop with that staging… too bad since Blanche’s my favourite

wim
wim
4 years ago
Reply to  Cannibal

Blanche will slay in Kiev, mark my words.

sniper13
sniper13
4 years ago
Reply to  wim

MARK MY WORDS MARK MY WORDS so stupid to say that, wim is so stupid, the most [email protected] here is him, mark my words lol

velorin
velorin
4 years ago

I saw a bit more of Armenia’s staging and rather disappointingly it doesn’t really explode or go anywhere ? belgium will be a very intimate setting with camera’s very close up to her, where the vid ends here you can see the light beams standing up, just like in Jamala her performance previous year, I think it got the possibility to be very arresting and cool For the other 2, ehm I don’t think that’s the staging for Belarus but rather for Portugal or Croatia, I can be wrong ofcourse, and Czechia well I think it will look cool in… Read more »

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 years ago
Reply to  velorin

Yeah maybe Portugal, but Croatia will put more thought in staging than sunflowers I belive, not sure.

Hada
Hada
4 years ago
Reply to  Erasmus

That’s not Portugal. Portugal is trees, with the lights pointing towards the smaller stage.

Ddraven4
Ddraven4
4 years ago
Reply to  velorin

That is defenitely not Portugal. It will be simillar to the NF backdrop of a forest.

Erasmus
Erasmus
4 years ago

Armenia’s looks the most promising…
Belgium I don’t know it’s not bad, but I expected something diffrent and a bit lighter..
Belarus: It’s nice I don’t know nothing special and I preffer the one from NF.
Czech Republic, I like the lights, but the figuers are not a good idea I think, Lenna from Eesti Laul had them and it looked bad.