It is day five and we feel alive.
Today 15 acts from Semi-Final 1 take to the stage for their second rehearsals and we’ll review them in groups of three. We kickoff with Cyprus, Montenegro and Finland.
Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Cyprus, Montenegro and Finland
Cyprus: Tamta with “Replay”
In first rehearsal we did not have vocals, but this morning Tamta dispelled any doubts over her abilities. She sounded studio quality in both runs of “Replay” she managed this morning. Cyprus was slightly late starting, which meant they only squeezed in two rehearsals, but the improvements Cyprus made were impressive. By second run the performance was brighter, had tighter camera shots and a real sense of pace. This song is opening the show for a reason.
Tamta, “Replay”, Second Rehearsal Preview Video
Montenegro: D Mol with “Heaven”
D Mol sounded fantastic in their second rehearsal. Harmonies are on lock and the solos shine. But unfortunately that is where the good news ends. Although ethnic elements in “Heaven” sound amped up, the overall production has a lot of problems. Camera shots film the wrong soloist singing at the wrong times and in terms of choreography the band appeared to get muddled. A final run through showed big improvements, but overall the finished product remains unpolished.
D Mol, “Heaven”, Second Rehearsal Preview Video
Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman with “Look Away”
Category is Tom of Finland. Sebastian Rejman commands the stage in his leather-heavy look and is one of few performers this year to make use of the catwalks. Finland started out shaky, but had started to consolidate their performance by the final run. Finland is not without problems: The first minute feels limp, but the last two make up for it. In particular there’s a beautiful set of transitions set to the hand-clip beat in the bridge. This still has a way to go, but is a world better than during first rehearsals.
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman, “Look Away”, Second Rehearsal Preview Video
Photo Credit: (EBU)