Another day, another set of Eurovision rehearsals. Today 15 acts took the stage for their second rehearsals at Eurovision 2018. We’ll be reviewing these in groups of three. And now we turn to Israel’s Netta, Belarus’ Alekseev and Estonia’s Elina Nechayeva. Let’s do this!
Reaction: Israel, Belarus and Estonia
Israel: Netta with “Toy”
Ever since Netta’s first rehearsal, the press room has been pretty silent about Israel. But today the country came roaring back into discussion after a cleaner, tighter and more engaging set of rehearsals.
Netta is the real star of this performance and producers finally made it feel that way. Rather than needlessly panning out to show off the stage, they keep things all about her, showcasing her fantastic facial expressions and choreography pretty much all of the time. The cutaways now add to the performance rather than taking away. We still see her funky dancers on the bridge — they are giving me life with their vivid expressions and funky moves.
Another highlight? When the camera pans above Netta’s looper to reveal the words “Hey” in bright lettering across the top. It’s a cute accent that highlights the playful nature of her performance.
Netta, “Toy”: Performance Preview
Belarus: Alekseev with “Forever”
As crazy as ever. Alekseev is keeping with his bloody rose staging and it’s just as effective and “W-T-F” as ever. In the set up, we could see that Alekseev actually hands his rose to the cameraman – and doesn’t place it on a stand as previously thought – before it “turns” in to the lady in red.
In the final shot, with the “wound” filled with roses, Alekseev now turns his back to the audience. The wound is shown just as clearly from the front now. It’s definitely an added element of gore that might be out of place for a family show. But for many this might be one of the most memorable performances of the contest.
Alekseev, “Forever”: Performance Preview
Estonia: Elina Nechayeva with “La Forza”
Beautiful and composed, Elina remains a star in the middle of her swirling dress projections, which seemed to be a little clearer today. Producers also sharpened the camera angles, making a smooth performance even smoother. Given the static nature of the performance — Elina can really only utilise her arms and beautiful face — this was more or less the only changes that could be made.
Elina is proving her vocals are nothing to mess with and the entire package remains one of the most striking at this stage.