Today the first rehearsals of eight countries took place in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Preparation for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has officially kicked off with the first rehearsals of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Cyprus, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, and Ireland. Here’s a recap of what happened.
As the first rehearsals are in alphabetical order, up first was Albania. Ana Kodra was alone on stage in her rehearsal today, with nothing but the LED screen behind her showing an animated tree that changed throughout the performance. The LED screen and her flowery dress seem to fit in well with the theme of her song. She will be singing “Don’t Touch My Tree”, which is sung in Albanian and English.
The second performance today was Misha from Armenia. Misha is also alone on stage, but he makes use of the space he has as he travels around on a hoverboard. The hoverboard is decorated with a large boomerang, which gives the illusion that he’s flying on it. He also holds a smaller boomerang in his performance. Misha will be singing “Boomerang”, which is sung in Armenian and English.
The third performance today was Isabella Clarke from Australia. Isabella was joined on stage by three backing dancers, who also had microphone headsets on to provide extra vocals. The performance was well-choreographed, with the LED screen behind them showing cartoon-like patterns. The performance is heavily based on the music video. Isabella will sing “Speak Up”, which is sung in English.
Helena Meraai from Belarus was up next. Helena was alone on stage and stood on a platform with the microphone stand throughout the performance. The lights are used a lot in this performance, and the LED screen behind her shows various different patterns. The performance is very pink and dark blue, with the lighting, LED and Helena’s long silk scarf that she wears throughout. Helena will sing “I Am The One”, which is sung in Russian.
The fifth performance today comes from Nicole Nicolaou from Cyprus. Nicole is joined by three backing dancers in her performance, in addition to white LED blocks towards the back of the stage which she sits during the second verse. Notably, she now sings the second chorus in Greek instead of the original English. The colour scheme of her performance is white and gold. The LED screen adds some square patterns to the performance. Nicole will sing “I Wanna Be A Star”, which is sung in Greek and English.
Mina Blazev from FYR Macedonia was next up. Mina was alone on stage but was joined by animated dancing figures on the LED screen. The performance was well-choreographed, with Mina dancing on the choruses. She makes good use of the runway at the side of the stage in part of her performance. Mina will be singing “Dancing Through Life”, which is sung in Macedonian and English.
Up next was host country Georgia. Grigol Kipshidze starts the performance on his own on the runway, soon to join four backing singers on the main stage for the chorus. There’s a lot of clicking throughout the performance, which suits the jazz-style of the song. The LED screen behind shows some space-like patterns. Grigol will sing “Voice Of The Heart”, which is sung in Georgian.
The final rehearsal today comes from Muireann McDonell from Ireland. Muireann is alone on stage with nothing but her signature guitar, which she plays throughout the performance. She stays in one spot on the stage for the majority of her performance, with the LED screen behind her showing bubbles which provide the moment. She later moves to the runway, where she finishes her song. Muireann will be singing “Súile Glasa”, which is sung in Irish.
Tomorrow the final eight countries will have their first rehearsals. These countries are:
- The Netherlands
Eurovoix will bring you the latest news from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 throughout this week.