It’s been several months in the making, but Eurovision 2023 is finally here. And with it the first day of first rehearsals for acts competing in the first half of Semi-Final 1.
On Sunday ten countries will have their first turn on the stage inside M&S Bank Arena. After arriving at the arena, each delegation has around 40 minutes to get settled. They then have an in-ear monitoring rehearsal (30 minutes) and a stage safety briefing (10 minutes).
Then it’s time to take the stage. Each act has 30 minutes to test out the stage. This allows artists to do a series of run-throughs to see how they sound in the space and to get used to moving in the space. Delegations monitor the performances closely, seeing if the show’s producers have managed to execute their agreed-upon vision (including graphics and camera angles). They then have 30 minutes to discuss what they want changed when they meet with producers in the viewing room.
Here’s the order of how it’ll all go down on Sunday.
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We’ll be working inside our LUSH Liverpool Lounge all day and plan to react to TikTok snippets released by the EBU after each rehearsal. We’ll also be live-streaming for much of the day. See y’all soon!
Update: We’re filming reaction videos to each of the published TikTok videos. You can check out our playlist below!
Odds abit up for Sweden after Loreen’s rehearsal..
You clearly haven’t a clue how the Irish tv funding works there’s a tv licence and you pay it most don’t pay it so the ones that do pay it probably are fine with it and they have more room in the budget considering Liverpool is only a 30minute flight and you can get tickets for €30 rather than for example tel aviv which was around €300
Did I miss something or is there no rehearsal clip for sweden?
Oh no, they must have burnt the panino? Did they?
Lost the nails at the airport.
But seriously though, the editor had 1 more video to do and was like ‘nahhh my workday is done’? xD
It’s now been released.
No chances for…
Malta (Cringeworthy performance)
Serbia (Cant stand Luke’s squeaky voice, neither will the viewers.)
Still in the game…
Ireland (Likeable guys together combined with a feel good song.Staging looks pretty good)
Switzerland (Weird choice of staging, but the song should sail him through)
Moldova (Little guy carries the entire song. Without him, Moldova would be together with Malta)
Sweden (Obvious reasons)
Luke his pregnancy pants are so offputting more like
certain NQ and last place in semi
Loreen outslayed all ur favs.
Moldova did well too
Ok Sweden is so winning this. Question is who will be second.
Are you talking about Loreen and her song Tattoo? Cause if you are, you are in for a shock lol
2 weeks left. Will see who will be shocked
I absolutely love Switzerland. I wish I could vote in semi 1, because I really want to see Remo in the final
This is one of the most delusional comment sections so far on this website.
True, people here think that Malta is going to qualify.
It’s a team effort 😉
🙂 there are only 12 days or so left in the season.
And then only 365 days of the next one! 😉
It’s a leap year, so extra joy!
One day more! One more day! One day more!
Frances Ruffelle, Michael Ball and Colm Wilkinson will all get that reference!
But none of them are quite as knowledgeable about Eurovision.
I love this comment section!
Don’t put yourself down. On the De Vil scale of delusion, today you only took it halfway to Cruella.
All we got is a cheap panini press from Amazon. Oh Boi….
The staging still looks amazing. Good for her.
William in the Croatia review video talks about one of the Let 3 with possibly the word “linen”???? in Croatian on his forehead. Does anyone know what that is about?
It’s just Lenin but they can’t actually spell Lenin so they just scramble it around?
It’s written in their own language.
It makes sense, thanks.
In Dora, one of the Let 3 had “Njinle” written over his fronthead. That is a letter scramble for Lenijn (LENIN). YUM!
I wonder if the presenters will need to come out to fill some time before Loreen. They did for Måns, Robin, Benjamin, and John. Also maybe it could mean the slot after the ad break.
Nah, it’s not that hard staging to set.
The ones mentioned in your post say more about their elaborate leaning on staging instead of songs per se.
Portugal and Iceland proved last year that a good song can qualify and even get top 10 (Portugal) with a very simple staging.
Maybe they just have to be careful about lugging it on, I don’t know. John Lundvik’s was not too extravagant, just heavy.
Mini panini press for Loreen. Wonder how she feels about it.
She’s fine with it, I’d say, she would not let herself get ruffled… it’s Loreen! Queen of calm.
I’m sure she’ll present her calmness outwardly, but I do wonder whether she might be a bit disappointed that it’s not quite as grand as Mello, or perhaps she’s just relieved they can still use the original concept. Hopefully she’s happy with it.
Pressed or hungry or both!
People are gonna get mad at me but it’s true, the ESC is just so easy for Moldova these days, they just have to put on a little kitsch show and they automatically do really well, it is what it is…
Talking current era, Moldova stand out with songs in Romanian made by their own artists with fully-formed identity.
I give them props for sending Romanian these 2 latest editions, but 2021 was a disaster bop in English propped up by some Kirkorov-style extremely suspicious voting, and 2018 as well, elementary school-level English propped up by an inventive kitsch show that time I guess, plus Kirkorov involvement once again… They are overrated as hell in general, nobody can tell me otherwise.
Sweetheart, I was talking *current era* because I didn’t want to talk about those who mustn’t be named.
Actually if I think about it, more like really overrated since 2017, before that I’d say they were rated more appropriately for the most part.
Moldova just knows what works well in the contest with the public
Umm, 2019 Stay was in my top 3, i was sad it flopped
Moldova serving quality two years in a row.
They keep it backstage during the show instead of hung from the ceiling. Then get it to the stage on wheels and quickly hang it up.
Presumably, it’s on top of the bottom section.?
Yeah, I would guess so. Then they just quickly attach ropes to it and lift it up. That would make the most sense, but we will probably find out how it’s done soon.
Last year all the work was done by 2 guys – making tiktoks, editing them, writing stories etc, so it might just be that they lack time to do better.
No, they also had an American female writer of sorts.
Absolutely, how is anyone is supposed to figure out that the top section is stored on top of the bottom section.
No one is supposed to figure it out.
They did loreen dirty, that new staging is so bad…boxes looks like they are from a minecraft. She needs her melodifestivalen stage
It is not that bad.
If we have never seen the Melfest performance before, it would seem pretty cool, especially in video.
True, its not that bad, its very very bad
Yet you cannot deny the Mello one looks much better and more impressive. I know Loreen is not very loved here, but I’d still say this does not seem very fair.
And again, the stage looks really small…
Cameras plans will do the work, don’t worry.
Im not sure camera angles can help here
I’m very curious about the new outfit and tech additions that she teased. Hopefully we see them on rehearsal 2
Them all “tease” only we to witness subpar outcomes.
This is in no way different case.
I actually liked the Irish song but seeing the staging I was like wtaf?
Staging screams 0 points. And that is generous.
Ireland seems like a sure nq – the only one from what I saw from TikTok. Not saying the rest would qualify 100%, but you can make a case for them.
Maybe whatever chance they had was sunk by losing their creative director a week before rehearsals. Poor Wild Youth.
Looks like Moldova improved their staging
I’m so far behind, but I’m happy to see that Sudden Lights have the same great staging from the NF. Manifesting that qualification!
I LOVE THE CROATIA CLIP! I LOVE IT!
Who doesn’t love Croatian Daddies in cloaks?
The five-people linear formation and the consequent s-tr-i-pping reminded me of a classic no one knows about coincidently taking place in the north of England: “Full Monty” y’all. Is it another nod to the host country??
I doubt it, but you never know. I’m sure a lot of people know about it, it was even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. I think it’s still well remembered enough.
What a relief!!
In all na*ked honesty, I’d be gutted if Let 3 didn’t give a nod to the UK with their formation and charming choreo routine. It’d be the funniest of things.
I think a better compliment might be to leave the UK out of it. It’s not supposed to be flattering to be included… I imagine.
“FUN FACT: In answer to our question about how long it’s acceptable to wear the same pair of socks for, Let 3 replied “If I’m wearing my Š? socks, I can wear them forever – they are even getting better when you wear them for a long time. I change them when the good smell goes bad, but all other socks I change every six hours.””
It’s just a joke about what Let 3 said before…
There was a sock-related conversation which is mentioned on the blog. So stupid to make a story, they obviously didn’t get it. I can only love Let 3 more than I already do!
Oh lord, Switzerland… no further comment lol
What in the actual f..? Are they on molly on some sh
They just went to someone random guy backstage and where like “Hey Rob can ya write a thing for the ESC blog real quick? thanks!” Rob just types as he giggles from the coke he did a few minutes prior.
I take back what I said about the blog *before* I read that garbage insulting Croatia. Major trolling on the eurovision official website. They s***.
Are there any typos there? Is that (allegedly!) “on molly or some sh1t” or “on molly or some shhrooms”?
Confirmed! Loreen wont have roof
Bets are burning!
Winning options went away together with her roof
She’s still gonna win easily
Armenia, Israel, Finland and Spain… it´s your time to show a victory is more than a roof.
Back to ESC with a worse song and a roof is not enough to win
I’m not a fan of the Swedish entry but this is gonna be the most predictable win in ESC history.
Euphoria was the winner even before winning the Melfest.
Ant those are not the vibes now.
May she win? obviusly.
Will she win? Her options vanished behind her roof
What do you mean? As soon as Tattoo performed in the 4th semi it was obviously gonna win ESC.
You’re delusional if you think the staging being different is going to impact Sweden’s result.
I’m not sure it’s so obvious. Depends on how much difference between juries and televote, I’d say. Even Euphoria only barely won the telvote.
I mean I’d love to be wrong I just don’t think I am.
At least Loreen will be biting her very long nails during the voting this year, what with the new voting reveal system. There was zero suspense with Euphoria.
Well she does have a roof so idk what you were on about
Do you call roof to that jellewery box?
Well she does have a roof. Its just smaller
1h after your comment we know you told $hit.
Hopefully you know the difference between a roof and a hat
I really think the Swiss entry could be ELEVATED so much by an Ulrikke-style pyro-wall and a Jedward Waterline-style water feature!
It’s TVOR. You can’t tell with them.
That sounds cheesy af
Appearently Switzerland is having its Sertab Moment with those dancers being tied to Remo with ropes. It’s okay to have dancers but it has to be balanced with the song , to prevent dancers from stealing the focus. Because it’s a slow and emotional song
She almost won in 1998 as well. 🙂
But so much effort went into getting those candles on stage in 60 seconds! 🙂
maltas staging was really good i’m really hoping they qualify!!
If Netherlands is gonna be as boring as I think it will then Malta might actually Q LMAO.
Sorry but is that from a song or something? I don’t get the reference.
That trembling out of key vocal.
Off key toddler tantrum half squat with dramatic arm movement.
Any news on the Swedish roof? 😉
Thoughts after seeing the tiktoks and pics: Norway: Same as the NF just slightly stronger. Malta: Same as the NF just slightly stronger. Still think it’s NQ’ing tho. I won’t be shocked if they make it but I don’t think they will. Serbia: Same as the NF just slightly stronger. Latvia: I just feel like this is gonna get forgotten. Bloody Ireland is two songs next and it has more impact. Bad impact but impact. Portugal: Same as the NF just slightly stronger. I can’t see Portugal getting eliminated. Ireland: What in the actual living hell is that? The bloody… Read more »
I was actually suprised in a good way about Ireland’s staging. I thought they were gonna play it safe but it looks fun with all those pyros!
Yes cus pyros are so unsafe and so exciting 😀
Burning money. Just ask Romania 2019 in Tel Aviv. No pyro could save them from nq.
Remo looks HOT <3 very innovative staging, sure qualifier and also top 3 in semi me thinks
It is latest fashion trend, didn’t you know
Pasha came to eat up the stage whew whew, Moldova soooo coming for that top 5
Ireland it’s all gold and classy
Gold yes…. But classy??
My thoughts about Croatia. They are so colorful themselves. It’s intresting to look at them for the details. Why such colorful screen behind them? At some photos it’s hard to see where are the artists…
Maybe it’s just photos and will look different in motions…
not everyone can have the queen of stagings Sacha Jean Baptiste, you know
True but in this screen case the less would be better imo
It’s hugely informative.
I like the live blog since it describes stuff I cannot see in the pictures.
But the praise of Sweden has gotten to a new level.
pretty sure if Johnny Logan came back for Ireland, he would also just get that much praise by eurovision.tv though, they just do that for past winner legends 😉
A successor to a legend anyway, Jon Ola icon <3
And i like Martin too, he seems like a nice guy
I protest the blog for having majorly trolled Croatia. Bad!!
The writing is SO BAD and ya stupid to fall into the sock trap so masterfully set (allegedly, shch) by Croatia. HYSTERICAL!
They must be on something there. For sure.
Croatia’s pics are dope:
Lucy’s pronounciation of “sssstch” is great and I mean it!!
Switzerland a perfect rehearsal, Remo dancing himself too to his uptempo banger big power ballad
sure NQ: Serbia
shame on Israel’s Noa for being too late, because of her selfishness, thinking about her stupid career with her concert
Concert bookings are contracted and carry legal and financial obligations. And yes, all the artists have careers to think about, and it is right that they think about them. She’s a 22-year old woman trying to make a career in a very tough business. Regardless, her delegation and management will have most likely made all the decisions about logistics and scheduling. Get a grip of yourself, all you’re doing is posting hate, misery, and nonsense.
no hate for my perfect faves Loreen, Remo, Alessandra
You’re full of poison. So much hate, and for what??
i love Noa Kirel, same amount as i loved Netta in 2018, similar song too
There are some who just enjoy hating on other people’s joy, but in the case of Israel it’s something specific that we all know, in this case hating on any act from Israel and implying that there is some conspiracy within the EBU regarding Israel’s participation. History caught in a loop, Don’t you wanna change it?
Israel has been among my faves quite some times though
2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and tbh Unicorn studio is boppy but live we don’t know yet
Israel update: Noa Kirel’s plane has now landed at Liverpool Airport. She is here!
How is this comment got downvoted???
She can take that song home .. terrible
Not quite yet, Jay. She’s going to take into the Grand Final first 😉
The lush sakura looks beautiful. Does it have any smell?
Are Malta breaking the 2nd in the running order curse? They came to bring the party, I think we should help make it happen for them.
What do you mean?
Oh. It doesn’t beat the 2018 San Marino disaster.
Ohhhhh waaaaaagh it’s happening and in two weeks it will be over!!
that time of year again, with hopefully lots of magic moment performances, oh well enough fun things for summer to look forward to either, on Disney plus i mean lots of strong blockbuster film and series releases, great streaming service to cure us from PED
Willam what point wiwibloggs any more your support Sweden what point wiwibloggs Disgraceful
Like the high energy from the guys from Malta, ready to have fun! They seem to be elevating their performance on stage, and the outfits look cute too. Looks like this will pop on the Eurovision stage and be more competitive than some might have expected.