In recent days they’ve wowed us with their vocal ability and fierce staging, which makes the most of Tbilisi’s very powerful LED.
And, in between vocal warm-ups and choreography sessions and trips to Wendy’s, the kids of Junior Eurovision 2017 have also managed to squeeze in some time with our Georgian blogger Rezo Mamsikashvili.
In the compilation below, you’ll hear from the acts who had their second rehearsals yesterday: Armenia’s Misha, Australia’s Isabella Clarke, Belarus’ Helena Meraai, Cyprus’ Nicole Nicolaou, FYR Macedonia’s Mina Blazev and Georgia’s Grigol Kipshidze.
You’ll get their take on their new friendships, their JESC ambitions and, as ever, the meaning of their songs. You’ll also share some laughs and hear them belt-out their tunes one more time.
Given that they’d just come from their second rehearsals, the acts were keen to tell us about their staging.
“The idea with my staging is to make it like the music video — just fun and young and lots of different lights,” Isabella says. “We also brought in the signs from the music video — so, yeah, we’re just using elements from the music video.”
And what about you, Helena?
“Each of us is a small universe and we should do something like space on the graphics, and the idea with the lights we keep it from the national selection.”
Armenia’s Misha faced a bit of criticism on social media following his first rehearsal, as people thought he was just riding a hoverboard. But he says camera cuts and smoke from the second rehearsal should now give people a better idea of what’s going on.
“The idea, as you saw today from the second rehearsal, is that I am flying through the skies on the boomerang,” Misha says. “That’s how I start the song — I throw my boomerang into the audience and then in the end when I jump off the boomerang my boomerang comes back to me.”
Nicole hopes to inspire all you young ones: “I’m singing my song for all the young people — it’s about love and making dreams and believing in yourself. Don’t forget there is a star out there in each one of us.”
Macedonia’s Nina rounds it out, explaining that she wants all of you to focus on the bright side of things.
“My message is that there is a place for everyone in this world. I just want to say that I am dancing through life and always taking the positive side of my life.”