What we noticed on the second day of rehearsals

Yay, we finished yet another day of rehearsals, and even though this is for the weakest semi final, there were some real fine moments. Here’s what we noticed while trying to catch up on the security situation in Gaza:

Belgium’s Eliot heard there were some missile attacks going on in the hood, so he decided to wear his life jacket onstage. One can never be too safe, we guess:

Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU

There’s plenty of barbed wire in the performance of Georgia‘s Oto Nemsadze. Maybe the song is about life on the West Bank? Best improvement so far, and we can see this going to the final. If only Palestinians had voting rights.

Australia‘s Kate Miller-Heidke scrapped her lightning toilet doll dress in favor of being a woman on a stick in a wedding gown. Maybe the PR strategy is to transform “down under” to “up here where everything is windy and unstable”? Seriously impressed that she is able to sing while being blown around like a flower in spring, though.

Iceland‘s Hatari is nothing short of amazing, as expected. We’re getting a winning feeling out of this one, and seems like the press is too, as they all flocked around them. Or maybe they were just handing out free neck collars and chastity belts, come to think of it. Much better than Belarus’ sun screen.

Estonia‘s Victor Krone was also there, apparently.

After Portugal‘s Conan Osiris broke his phone, he lost all track of time and date. So he found it was a great idea to dress like a Christmas three:

Let’s bring some ornaments, shall we? Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU

Katerine Duska did some great singing and Greece has just issued a statement saying she is not sick like in Amsterdam now. May the force be with her.

Serhat‘s lines in Turkish (Bir İki Üç, meaning one-two-three) lights up on the wall behind him, even though he is representing San Marino. Is this yet another step towards bringing Turkey back into Eurovision? He’s also standing on some sort of podium that, even though it does not move, reminds us of Sakis Rouvas. We are super psyched! Also plus for bringing a few hunks in hotpants and divas in catsuits.

Dog onstage? Isn’t that a violation of EBU rules? Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU

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