norma john backstage eurovision 2017 first rehearsal

When you dominate in your national final, it only makes sense to recreate that at Eurovision. That’s certainly the case for Finland’s Norma John. They’ve transplanted their UMK staging and simply added some minor flourishes here in Kyiv. Atmosphere builds once more and Leena was in great form vocally.

Atmosphere is the name of the game when it comes to “Blackbird” and it’s on show once again. A dreamy blue backdrop surrounds the duo as the song starts. As in UMK, flashes of red LED start to creep in to the song — but there’s much more than we saw in Finland. Lasse’s piano in fact lights up from the inside, both red and a blinding white during his piano solo.

After the craziness of Montenegro, this may be exactly what some people need for the show to get “back on track”. All run-throughs of the song were vocally perfect. Whilst some of the early “wow” factor from UMK may be lost on us in the press centre, those watching at home for the first time should be just as enchanted as were in January.

Norma John — “Blackbird”: Reviews and Reactions

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Karl Fradgley
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Karl Fradgley

this is magical …. really wonderful from Finland

Iggema
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Iggema

Dreamingly beautiful. Genuine and honest, love it!

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WINNER

Zebb
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Zebb

Glad to hear everything is on same (great) level.
They shared some press impressions on their insta
https://www.instagram.com/p/BThR4X9liyb/?taken-by=normajohnofficial

Héctor
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Héctor

If somthing works keep it! As you say, for us it isn’t surprising, but I think this could be a dark horse, appealing both the jury and the televote.

AngieP
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AngieP

They keep it real! They keep it simple! They keep it as In UMK! And they slayed!!

They didn’t dissapoint! They were amazing! Great rehearsal!

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

STUNNING background, but I don’t know If it is enough to qualify

God-Emperor
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God-Emperor

Beautiful. Simply stunning. The winner of today’s rehearsals. I can’t believe how this is far from being a sure bet. The staging shouldn’t even be pivotal with such poetry and voice.
Blackbird is only surpassed by Amar pelos Dois in the semi. End of discussion.

Bandido
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Bandido

God-Emperor I wouldn’t say far from being sure bet. Just in the middle in many odds. This song’s appealing is at stage performance, not necessary hearing from the radio and that’s, what gives it mixed rank.

Alexandre
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Alexandre

Well, if the Europeans crowned 1944 but refuse to qualify Finland with a real, timeless song, it would be the proof they are real idiots.

Jamie
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Jamie

Winner of the day is Dihaj. Period. Best vocals of her was today regarding pre party performances.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Agreed. 100%

M_K
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M_K

I guess this it going to look amazing on screen (probably better than in the hall). Details (colour scheme, camera anglese etc.) matter a lot if you keep it simple and it looks like they’re trying to work them out to perfection.

I will be VERY surprised if Finland doesn’t qualify for the final.

Joe
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Joe

Qualifying for sure.

razmique
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razmique

Don’t let Blackfart qualify…..

2017rules
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2017rules

Razmique Black fart don’t sing really , you’re a black fart dummie you can’t sing. This has big chances of qualifying and if you go to eurovision well… you’re probably not even gonna get to the actual show.

Bandido
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Bandido

@razmique If you haven’t anything sensible to say, stay out and go play! Take your fart also with you! Your idiotic comments doesn’t amuse anybody here!

Joseph
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Joseph

BORING. 15/42

H
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H

Stunning and beautiful!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Still dull as dishwater.

Bandido
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Bandido

@Briekimchi Again, the song isn’t for teens, who get’s instantly bored, if there’s no action (like Swedish overproduced pop) or idiots either (in musical aspect). XD

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I would LOVE to still be a teen! Or in my 20’s in fact.
Please keep assuming when people have different opinions than you. That’s a very mature thing to do. 😉

Alexandre
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Alexandre

You know nothing my poor Briek.

Eve
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Eve

This looks very promising, her voice is beautiful!

sorin
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sorin

it seems that jurnalists are not allowed to record rehearsals anymore, and they show only what the official eurovision site is giving them. am i right?

Americanvision
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Americanvision

I know in the last few years, Wiwi post the full 2nd rehearsal so we’ll see if they will or not.

sorin
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sorin

thank you for the answer, hope will become better.

Americanvision
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Americanvision

Like Sweden, it’s copy and paste. But it’s better that what I’ve seen so far.

After 8 (saw a very small clip of Azerbaijan):
1. Sweden
2. Finland
3. Albania
4. Australia
5. Azerbaijan (like Will said on his review, it’s a total mind****)
6. Montenegro
7. Belgium
8. Georgia

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Their UMK performance was haunting and genuine. I’m glad they’re recreating it at the contest, they deserve the final.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Agreed again. #WhatPolegendSaid
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Dew
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Dew

A big meh to me.

ChiaraM
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ChiaraM

The staging is pretty much the same like at UMK and that’s good. I like that they added a bit more red in the background and it just looks so beautiful and magical. I really hope this will qualify!!

Ay Jo
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Ay Jo

Finland is amazing in terms of everything.
I hope they will be in top 5.

Mameo
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Mameo

The staging is okay. The voice is okay too.