First dress rehearsal for the first semi-final 2019

(Photo by: Andres Putting)

Hurrah! We are finally present in the Tel Aviv Expo arena ready to give you our semi-final 1 reviews based on the first dress rehearsal. We started with some electricity problems. Maybe this was just a demonstration of what it feels like when your supply is cut, which is a common problem in some areas here, we’ve heard. But after a few minutes delay we were ready to go. Nu kör vi!

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Our night: Upping the glam factor at the Nordic party, drooling over Victor and focusing on the most important

Iceland’s commentator, Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, also known as the Icelandic Fredrik Skavlan, was really happy to finally meet his biggest idols.

So, yesterday was great. We arrived in Tel Aviv, barely escaped the bloke in the ESC information booth at the airport after around 30 minutes of tips on how to gain weight while visiting and jumped into a cab for our apartment, which is ONLY 5 MINUTES walk from our office…we mean EuroClub. Then headed straight for the Nordic party at said office, where Morten our life saver was ready with our press passes so we could spend the next two hours ignoring all the attention-seeking artists around us in order to do our job properly, meaning grabbing as much free booze as possible.

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What we noticed on the fourth day of rehearsals

– To my left we have the Negev desert and to my right we have a giant hole in the wall. Please, GEE, can you send me some selfies to spike this up? Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU

Another day of rehearsals wrapped up in Tel Aviv, and it is looking GOOD. We have now seen all the entries for the semi finals. The odds are moving all over the place and so are our feelings. But we noticed quite a few things anyway:

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What we noticed in the third day of rehearsals

– Oh shoot, I forgot we don’t have a trampoline. Pic by Andres Putting/EBU

Today we want to start with awarding Egypt for giving us both Mahmood and, quite recently, a cease-fire for this year’s Eurovision. Great effort and dedication. They should be invited to have Australia’s spot next year. Anyway, we are ready to focus solely on life inside the arena. And here’s what we noticed during today’s rehearsals:

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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
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