Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019 continue with Denmark, Austria and Sweden.

Reactions to second rehearsals at Eurovision 2019: Denmark, Austria and Sweden

Denmark: Leonora with “Love Is Forever”

She was a shining star at her first rehearsal and Leonora improved further during Denmark’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2019.

The warmth of feeling that was evident in the first rehearsal has been increased.

Her backing dancers join her with friendly gestures and interactions that magnify that feeling. They all wear big smiles and Leonora looks like she’s enjoying herself on stage.

The screens with the clouds are beautiful, the friendly feeling has been dialled up for sixty and the Danes have got a little slice of joy on their hands.

Denmark are, in this reviewer’s opinion, on course for the Grand Final.

Austria: Paenda with Limits

This is stunning.

Having dispensed with the black-and-white effects of the first run Austria has created a compelling performance ready for Eurovision.

Paenda performs amid a twinkly forest of bamboo lights in an otherwise pitch black stage.

Her vocal sounds perfect, she emotes beautifully into the camera and the triangles overhead add juddering light effects that elevate the staging.

Sweden: John Lundvik with “Too Late For Love”

In a change to previous advertising John Lundvik did perform ahead of Austria.

This Swedish production hits the stage like a cannonball. They’ve added even more gold lighting to the darkened staging, which only helps to build the soul and warm feeling Sweden has been in search of.

Undeniably John Lundvik is a charismatic performer and his backing troupe of ladies turbocharge his own vocal firepower.

Are we going to Gothenburg? Possibly. The entry strikes a fine balance between Swedish perfection and the requisite soul to sell a song like “Too Late For Love”.

For once Sweden’s performance does look different to Melodifestivalen and it is so much the better for it.

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Belle
Belle
1 year ago

Where’s the results of yesterday’s polls?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Obviously no surprises with Sweden. Still looking strong. They usually move up in the odds at this time whilst the other countries have some struggles coming to grips with how they should be presenting their song. Austria looking good, too. Her song will stand out but I still think it’ll need a lot of jury help to get through. In a SF with quite a few jury-friendly songs, those points might just not be there. I’m obviously not the intended audience for the Denmark song so anything I have to say about it, wouldn’t be helpful or constructive.

Helene
Helene
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Well not at all. Sweden ususually is high in the odds before the rehearsals. Going down when others become favorites.

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

Where is the reaction video??

Karl Fradgley
Karl Fradgley
1 year ago

Austria is stunning

Davve
Davve
1 year ago

Sweden really want to win again! Amazing performance

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Denmark: a snippet with good camerawork! Well, they’re ready to go. Some will think it’s sweet, some will get salty, but they know what they’re doing. Sweden: this one is so well tied that not even this year’s signature unnecessary wide shot managed to disturb. I would prefer with the dark stage, but the golden lights play their part. Sweden will do well again. Austria: we’ve heard so much about the triangles on the stage, Austria made a beautiful use of them. Paenda sounds very good and the staging is a good surprise. Don’t know if she’ll make it, but… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

I have a hard time grasping the charm of the Danish entry, it’s just too childish for me and it looks and sounds exactly like in MGP, with the exception that now 5 people are sitting on the giant chair rather than 3. Does this make things better? I don’t know. For me this still looks and sounds like a clear NQ, but I just don’t like the song, so my judgement might be clouded here. John Lundvik has still a very professional, polished package. I still absolutely adore his backing singers, they are by far the best about this.… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

I’m on your side concerning the Danish entry, but I think there’s an audience for it and I don’t see much of a competition on the cute battlefield besides Ireland, who performs earlier. Maybe Austria can sneak in and get their votes now that we know the staging is so sparkly? It would be a nice surprise.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I’m really not sure. I mean, everyone keeps saying they like it just fine or not so much, but it gets stuck in your head. Does that make you vote for it? I doubt it. But perhaps there is a sort of charm that we are both immune to, PM likes it, so there’s got to be something. I just don’t hear it, no matter how hard I try. 🙁

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

There’s a moment I really like (and I believe they kept) when the dancers come walking/dancing with the stairs over their shoulders. It reminds me of the kind of things I used to watch on TV when I was a kid. So maybe this is more a sensorial thing and our “problem” is that we’re rationalizing too much about it. It’s funny, because some people love it, but I also read comments about Leonora looking creppy and I don’t know how anybody would feel that. She’s adorable.

Anita
Anita
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

I do very much hope that Paenda qualifies, since I am from Germany I can vote for her. Wiwibloggs is swaying with the Danish song and fear it is in direct competition for the 10th place to qualify.

Burger
Burger
1 year ago

I had my reservations about my home entry this entry (Austria) but it might just pull this off now and qualify: we just need the planets to align and some people to vote for it – the juries will love this but our battle is always trying to win over the televoters.

Cesar's salad
Cesar's salad
1 year ago

I am over the moon for Austria’s staging #proud.

They created another magic moment. This staging is amazing, I am so happy. I was sucked in for the 40 seconds of the rehearsal clip. I hope it can brainwash the viewer for 3 minutes and make them forget the silly performances that come before and after.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

Seeing Austria’s staging and turns out they’re hiding SOMETHING! And I keep on smiling because of it!

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

And spoiler alert: ther will be blasting of light at the bridge. Somebody posted an amateur video of it.

SrbukFAN
SrbukFAN
1 year ago

pls dont get me wrong but i really want to smell paenda’s fart. i bet she is the kind of girl makes it effective way

Rose
Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  SrbukFAN

Dude, you’re being gross.

SrbukFAN
SrbukFAN
1 year ago
Reply to  Rose

i told you not to get me wrong

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

Swedish producers, so Scandinavian countries no problems with the cameras and other technical issues.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Michael

Someone’s sounding jellyyyy

Name
Name
1 year ago

Sweden will 1000000000% be #1 in the jury vote… Let’s hope the televoters aren’t as tasteless

Michael
Michael
1 year ago
Reply to  Name

Let’s hope not for this song out of the 90’s

marty
marty
1 year ago
Reply to  Name

this song sounds very old fashioned, cant imagine it will be no 1 with the juries.

Davve
Davve
1 year ago
Reply to  Name

You are a childish and jealous little person, lol

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

i like sweden’s song but it’s being overrated in the odds once again. there’s nothin special bout it to justify a podium position, let alone a victory.

Markus
Markus
1 year ago

I also think it’s way overrated, only because it’s Sweden’s entry. John seems to be a nice and charismatic guy, but the song itself sounds quite flat and repetitive to me.

Davve
Davve
1 year ago

Its amazing

Diana
Diana
1 year ago

You are all welcome back to my hometown Stockholm next May!
All jokes asides, Sweden had a great rehearsal, Austria killed and it Denmark is growing in me. But just a lil bit

Ron
Ron
1 year ago

Cannot wait to see how Malta’s staging will look like. Possibly one of the best staging this year.

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron

And they had some technical issues on the 1st rehearsal so it normally should look even more amazing that it has been previewed and reported.

Ron
Ron
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Yeah, although they said they ain’t going to give everything away during the rehearsals. I’m curios as to what they won’t be showing now damn!

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago

Another boring day without hearing the SCREAMS.

Tobias Henrik Andersen
Tobias Henrik Andersen
1 year ago

Sweden as winner of this semi final is OK. But please let them not win the whole thing. Netherlands has not won since 1975 and I would love to see them win as they deserve it. Italy or Malta would be nice winners too (can’t wait to see how Italy and Spain will come across tonight). Australia and Russia will both be top 5 and have chances to win. I won’t mind too much if they win but will be much more happy with others. I hope Denmark will make it as the song kind of sticks to your mind…… Read more »

Gigii
Gigii
1 year ago

Where can I find the results of the Press polls ?

Milla
Milla
1 year ago
Reply to  Gigii

Sweden is the winner of today’s press poll, from what I’ve read. But I don’t know the complete result..

Gigii
Gigii
1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

But where can i find the press polls of the rehearsals before? I didn’t catch up with that..

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago
Reply to  Gigii

Without even seen it I can already tell you that Sweden is the winner. So rigged AHAHAH

Claes D
Claes D
1 year ago
Reply to  IVANOV

Sweden isnt like Russia where everything is rigged…Russias singer is one of the best but his song this year is booooooooring! If he wins then its rigged!

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
1 year ago

We going to Stockholm next year.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

Yay.

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago

Just go 1439 km eastern

Claes Dahl
Claes Dahl
1 year ago

I am Swedish, but dont think we win…i think 6-10 place…but if we win, then it will not be in Stockholm…its time for Göteborg (Gothenburg)

Gigii
Gigii
1 year ago

Why are odds for Sweden drastically sorthening? I don’t get it Sweden is now second favourite to win..

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago
Reply to  Gigii

Rigged. The betting odds companies just want to make money by pushing the fools to bet on Sweden. He stands zero chances beating Sergey.

Tjh
Tjh
1 year ago
Reply to  IVANOV

Sergey and Russia should be happy for a place In top 12. Much worse than his song In the past.

Burger
Burger
1 year ago
Reply to  Gigii

Funny things happen with bookies now and then: last year Norway was 2nd favourite to win by the time the 2nd Semi Final was going to air and look where it ended up.

Milla
Milla
1 year ago
Reply to  Burger

Norway’s song was absolutely garbage. Sweden should do better.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

Wait, so they’re changing the running order of Sweden and Austria officially?

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

I mean, that’s just a cruel way you kill an entry, Bjorkman. Really.

Phary
Phary
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

No they’re not
Sweden had their first rehearsal after Austria, and it was expected it would be the same for the second one but it wasn’t
And on Thursday Sweden will perform in 8th place and Austria in 9th, just as the running order says.

Claes Dahl
Claes Dahl
1 year ago
Reply to  Phary

And Björkman has nothing to do with the starting order this time!

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I hope Sweden gets as much attention as deserved, far from the jury favoritism towards this country or the televoting reject it suffered last year. Is it too late for love is top-10 material (at least I believe it personally), so this time the two sides should vote Sweden more evenly.

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago

The problem this year is the cameras and the direction. WHY SO MANY WIDE SHOTS?

Salem
Salem
1 year ago

From what I read, it seems like all 18 countries in semi-final 2 will qualify for the final 😀

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  Salem

i mean, yesterday they said that tamtas voice was studio quality…..