A kinky band from Iceland, a Swede singing for Estonia and a song about cellphones from Portugal.

Three more acts, three more second rehearsals and three more reviews.

Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Iceland, Estonia and Portugal

Iceland: Hatari with “Hatrið mun sigra”

Hatari started out in WTF territory but with each rehearsal are manoeuvring their performance into more palatable ground. This is not to say that they’ve lost any edge – they are still a BDSM metal band with other worldly trappings – but somehow it seems more accessible. Vocally this was more put together, lighting was significantly improved and pyro adds drama. Iceland increasingly looks on course to qualify after four years in the wilderness.

Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra”

Estonia: Victor Crone with “Storm”

Estonia’s first rehearsal was beset with technical problems and the second was no different. We got halfway to the AR effect in the first run, until we were able to see seats through the graphic. In successive runs, Victor was also out of sync with the vocal of the pre-recorded effect, which only compounds problems Estonia is facing.

Victor remains a charismatic leading man, with a radio-ready song in “Storm”, but the stage performance is beset with problems. Pressure has been heaped on here in light of technically assured performances from Australia and Iceland. In essence Victor sounds fantastic, has a great song and in principle a great performance. But Estonia has yet to nail the AR effect, which needs ironing out by jury show time.

Victor Crone – “Storm”

Portugal: Conan Osiris with “Telemoveis”

Second rehearsals are for steps forward and Portugal has definitely made movement in the right direction. Camera work is tighter, lighting is brighter and the package has come a long way since first rehearsal. In particular addition of yellow-lighting and camera shots focused on contact between Conan and backing dancer appear to have elevated the package. Unfortunately at times this still looks incongruous. It is a hard one to read, but at this stage Portugal is borderline.

Conan Osiris – “Telemoveis”

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Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy8OJD1Zi9s

When Conan Osíris danced to Fuego and met Eleni!

Anita
Anita
1 year ago

Conan has fun sinsing along to the Ukulele https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpleOZmI5Y4

And don’t miss the speed dating with Conn – and the opera version of Telemoveis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLW9ReOWqFM

Burger
Burger
1 year ago

Is Portugal the Barbara Dex favourite now? Might not qualify now because I think the Edward Scissorhands NF look was interesting: now casual viewers are going to shake their heads a bit.
Estonia is in danger of being dudded two years out of the last three by technical issues.
Iceland, its tame by the genre standards but it stands out, this will probably qualify (televoters owe Iceland over the 2016 crime) although whether enough BDSM fans are watching to get this into contention is another matter.

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago

Oh those green outfits..They look like lizards 🙁

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Lourdes

Portugal are wearing PS colours (cannot fully write it because my comment gets blocked): green outfits, “praying-mantis praying for revolution and change” according to Conan’s own words; red background, black and white sneakers… only a blind man cannot see.
Honestly Conan has already won. Just for this fact, he will be remembered in Eurovision history for years to come, even if he comes last.

Jubi
1 year ago

Im with Portugal, but im kinda dissapointed…
silvia night would say “fu*%#$% amateurs!”

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Jubi

Nop, you are the amateur one. Read my comment above and you will understand their choice.

Jubi
1 year ago
Reply to  Elsa

Read your comment??? who the hell are you?? LOL
Honey its only my opinion…until now Portugal is a total deception..bad reallly bad staging, and horrible costume
deal with that
by the way i wonder if you know who silvia night is….

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Jubi

And who the hell are you? You know nothing about music and performance. Get lost

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

Portugal is totally winning the Barb Dex award with that outfit.

Jubi
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

for sure!!
Im supporting Portugal but im kinda dissapointed with all….

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Portugal are wearing PS colours (cannot fully write it because my comment gets blocked): green outfits, “praying-mantis praying for revolution and change” according to Conan’s own words; red background, black and white sneakers… only a blind man cannot see.
Honestly Conan has already won. Just for this fact, he will be remembered in Eurovision history for years to come, even if he comes last.

sinfo
sinfo
1 year ago
Reply to  Elsa

Stop copy and past your comment.

Mag
Mag
1 year ago

Looks like the producers were tired in the end of a day after day off and fu*ing spoiled the performances of Estonia & special Portugal. What’s the unprofessional work with camera? ???

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago
Reply to  Mag

Agree totally. Not sure what is going on with the producers, the changes Portugal asked for were not given and you could see in the press conference Conan was not happy at all with what happened today. The Portugal team need to get together with the producers and get this sorted quickly other wise i fear Conan will not make the final.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

From those snippets, Iceland is really working for me. Vocally and technically. Estonia not only has to face some problems with the A but also with Victor’s vocals. Last but not least, Portugal looks more polished now. I still down’t know how the public will react to both Iceland and Portugal. Though Iceland seems more accesible.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

Iceland is going through, no doubt, staging is now less compact than in the first snippet and you can once again see the choreography. This is safe.
Estonia has no staging at all or a virtual staging we cannot see and thus not assess. He still doesn’t sound great.
Conan looks great, the outfit isn’t a problem, that’s just nonsense. His singing is great – the only nuisance are the squeaking trainers Skiwalko mentioned. That is really curious but should be easily fixable. Otherwise this is still a safe qualifier.

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

It is not nonsense. It is political. Open your eyes. PS flag

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Elsa

Is it Christmas, the Portuguese or the Palestinian flag? Or is it at the end of the day a praying mantis sitting on a rose? I repeat: No one will not qualify because of the colour of their wardrobe. You’re all reading too much into it.

Anita
Anita
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

I do so much hope that you are right. Conan must qualify, please. I can’t vote for him 🙁

Niky
Niky
1 year ago

You better watch Conan’s interview with William .
It’s epic , it’s really the best of all .
It´s impossible not to love Conan and Joao.

Brian
Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Niky

Epic is the word!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Niky

Conan is always a delight. I wish more people watched these interviews, because it helps translating his work, that may be perceived as too pretentious for those who only judge for his music and looks. The highlight this time was to find out how João become his dancer and how sweet their friendship is.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

Oh dear Estonia, what have you done with the staging! I really like this song and hoped for it to do well, but the screen in the background looks like a complete mess. I hope you can fix it by the time it matters.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Iceland: I think the mission was accomplished here. Now we can see their faces and understand what they’re doing on the stage. I’m on board. It’s meant to be divisive and let’s wait to see how high they can get.
Estonia: It’s weird how they have better technology now, but with worst results in terms of visuals. They’re at risk.
Portugal: sadly, the weird outfits stay… The staging isn’t the disaster some people are saying, but won’t help selling the entry. So I say it’s time to Conan and João slay and show how unique this song is.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Just watched the reaction video and according to Bernardo the Portuguese delegation asked for changes that the show producers haven’t delivered. This is a very weird situation. Maybe RTP will request a third rehearsal to finally get things moving.

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Like how Bernardo said the Portuguese delegation are one of the happiest friendly delegations there i think its time for them to stop being smiley, friendly people, if the producers arent giving you what you asked for its time to get mad!!! I really hope they can get everything together in time for the semi final because this song deserves to be in the final.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  pooky1001

Well, they can keep being nice, but I agree that’s time to be more assertive and demand some answers. This entry is very important for Portugal, because it gives a chance to establish the country as a solid player in Eurovision.

Berco
Berco
1 year ago

I hated the sound coming from Conan’s and his dancer’s sneakers on the video :/

Niky
Niky
1 year ago
Reply to  Berco

Won’t be noticed during their live performance .

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

Quick review #5:
Iceland – pretty much similar to any other Hatari performance, I do like it, the camera angles are nice, the pyro effects on point, and Klemens’ vocals better than the last time. They’re good to go.
Estonia – On the contrary I really don’t like this one. This staging has no character, the graphics are boring, just a definition of vanilla.
Portugal – it gains a lot once you see the exclusive clip, the contrast between red and green is actually eye-catching, the only issue I see are the squealing sounds their shoes make

Ezal
Ezal
1 year ago

Estonia- I hate expression ”toillet break”, but man.. 😀 Portugal- maestro Osiris seems pissed here ? 😀 Fusion cuisine is not bad choice and he doesn’t suit to your categories and rankings 😛 I have hopes for this act, just looking into NF performance, hope he will deliver and bring back claws a la Edward Scissorhands Iceland- Can’t help thinking that these guys are still so vanilla in comparison to the genre 😛 But, it’s suited for wide audience and I’m always for introduction of different genres in the contest. Maybe not my cup of tea, but can’t deny that… Read more »

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago
Julian
Julian
1 year ago

How come the portuguese delegation doesn’t have a plan b regarding the outfit?? It clearly doesn’t elevate Conan’s Performance, he looks trapped in it and looses fluidity…where is his neck?? and how come they kept the exact same staging as in FDC? A new wow factor is urgently needed to save this beautiful song , the way it is it all looks very amateurish. This is ESC !! This is a tv show , one of the most expected of the year!! RTP haven’t you learned anything from the past ??? Your lack of professionalism is unbelievable. Conan deserves much… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Julian

Conan’s outfit, it pains me to say, is tragic. I fully agree with your assessment. About the staging, IMO they keep it because it worked for FDC, and most Eurovision viewers will watch the performance for the first time during the semis. But still, the outfit issue is still there.

Swedish Moose
Swedish Moose
1 year ago
Reply to  Julian

About Portugal this year: I really feel sad and kind of left outside the joy that surrounds this performance because I really do not understand it. Don’t thinkt I’m hating on it, cause that’s not the case. I just wish that i could feel everything that you all seem to be feeling and join the joy that comes with it…. anyway… coming from me who really want to like this and have really tried to do that: the new outfits are making it even harder. They should have kept it as it was….with that said i wish Portugal the best… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago

Conan and João are CLEARLY saving theirselves for the SF. Conan it’s trying to keep his vocal cords and João is avoiding any injury. I saw the rehearsal and this is easily noticeable. It’s clear. Good luck Portugal, excellent song, I hope you surprise all those who are criticising. x

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

I like Iceland, but I would have done some sort of colour/light change when Clemens sings; 3 minutes of this red light hurt the eyes a bit.
Regarding Portugal… still have the feeling it will not qualify

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

I’m so interested in Portugal this year

PP77
PP77
1 year ago

Magic is lost in Israel. Everything was better in Portugal .For me best was SF in Portugal.

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  PP77

Completely agree especially the way they ordered the semi finals particularly semi 2. It’s literally all girls then all boys no mix whatsoever. Poor job by Israel! I’d have Eurovision Lisboa any day plus less security scares haha.

Niky
Niky
1 year ago
Reply to  PP77

Yes , Lisbon was magical , even the city .

Leo
Leo
1 year ago
Reply to  PP77

Lisbon had sth magical
The atmosphere was so different

Eyal
Eyal
1 year ago
Reply to  PP77

What an exaggeration!

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago

Conan said he was annoyed with this rehearsal today and felt like it was s**t. He said he knows changes have to made, im sure they will get it together, i have no doubt he knows what needs to be done.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Iceland: Salvador once said music is feeling, not fireworks. Well, I think Hatari has something to say about that:)
I dont think it could win but the originality of it should make it end high up

Trh
Trh
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

What a stupid comment. It had to come from you. I don’t hate Sweden but you clearly hate Portugal. And then you are surprised that you get haters?

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

To stay on a positive side I would say that Conan and his dancer don’t need any rehearsal to deliver so maybe they don’t give a f*** at them and the dancer is in fact a little injured so they are saving energy for the jury and live shows.

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

Conan didn’t like at all of this second rehearsal !

https://espalhafactos.com/2019/05/09/eurovisao-conan-osiris-admite-ensaio-merda/

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago

Portugal borderline?? Ah ah far from it! It was better and this are rehearsals don’t forget! 😉

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

Portugal is no way borderline. Ffs.
There is a fan base that will push it through. It may not reach top 10 or whatever but it’s definitely going to be seen on Saturday in the final.

Andrii
Andrii
1 year ago
Reply to  Darren

Also I think jury will rank him pretty high

Bob
Bob
1 year ago
Reply to  Darren

I think the jury will actually not rank Portugal in the top. I hope I’m wrong, it’s one of my favourite entries of the year, but I don’t see it qualifying unfortunately 🙁

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

Portugal // Conan Osíris – Telemóveis (2nd rehearsal – Eurovision 2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMBxdm2DRH8

Cell death
Cell death
1 year ago

tele mobiles got broken down the line

Vincent
Vincent
1 year ago

On the official Eurovision channel there are some snippets with the actual camera angles. What do you guys think about it? I think the closeups look really nice because they are quite intimate. But when they switch to the wide angle from a large distance (happens a lot I noticed) it looks quite awkward. Usually those distance shots look cool but this year due to the small stage, the singers and dancers look so small and “invisible”. Of course because it is from a large distance, but in other years they tried somehow to visually bring the stage closer by… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Vincent

I was thinking the same about the distance shots and how small the performers look.
The way I saw it, the stage is a triangle within a triangle and people are supposed to be in that “in-between” area? I don’t like those wide shots, I am not interested in seeing the people attendending the show. I want to see only the stage. Romania did the same during their national final, though the “green room” was set right in front of the stage. Last year they did the same, I didn’t like the stage at all.

Charles
Charles
1 year ago
Reply to  Luis Godinho

Only a Portuguese to say it … but those votes, if any, have to come from everybody else but Portugal … It’s the outside appreciation that matters here … no patriotic value or national pride feel can help in any way because this is a song contest and not “my country is better than yours” competition, which sadly is what motivates too many people when they join the contest. Hi Armenia and Hi Azerbaijan! 🙂 Portugal has always played by its own rules … the rules of “I don’t give a … to the way fans love this competition …… Read more »

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

RIP Portugal 🙁

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 year ago

At this point, the Estonian team needs to ditch the AR effect because it’s clearly not working.

im tired
im tired
1 year ago

1.No chance for Portugal. None.
2.Iceland must stop with their rant against capitalism and Israel. Europe knows the dead of capitalism, learn from it, you are saying nothing new that has not happened in half of 20th century. Go to East Germany and say your non sense. Enough. You can win and I like you are vegan, but enough with Israel and anti capitalism.

im tired
im tired
1 year ago
Reply to  im tired

Downvote, but H. will not get many votes from east. What they promote remind people of a nightmare. It’s awful, just understand once and for all what lost generations have to say.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  im tired

I honestly don’t think this song is about a return to the horrors of the past. I think it is railing against the excesses of capitalism. I respect your opinion though. It may be true that people in the West will get this but for people from the East it might not have the same resonance due to the relative infancy of capitalism.

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago

Estonia’s LED looks really cheap and windows movie maker. Can’t y’all just go literal and put a storm in the background? And how r they struggling this much to stage such basic performance?

Katitam
Katitam
1 year ago

Hatari is disappointing me so much… They are so good, but I can’t take them seriously after all the circus in interviews and stuff. It was fun at the beginning, but their other songs seems more serious and real. This sounds fake for me.
I have zero expectations.

Teddie
Teddie
1 year ago
Reply to  Katitam

Hatari are doing fine. Eurovision IS a quasipolitical circus and the only way to raise important issues here is through satire and irony. Their campaign against excessive consumerism and the far right is more effective than that of most of the liberal press. They have a laugh and that is a loud one.

Bro
Bro
1 year ago

Portugal will finish last. Really bad song

PS: I’m portuguese

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago
Reply to  Bro

The “PS: I’m portuguese” could’ve been easily replaced with “PS: I have bad taste”

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Serafina

Anyone could say that about other’s taste. It is not up to you to judge anyone’s

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Well really? I never said his “bad taste” is an universal fact haha. As far as I’m concerned, I’m just another “anyone” who could and is “saying that about other’s taste” 😛

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Serafina

No.