Today the second rehearsals took place in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The first rehearsals of the eight remaining countries took place today. Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, The Netherlands, and Ukraine all took to the stage for their first rehearsals. Here’s a recap of what happened.
Italy kicked off the rehearsals today. Maria Iside Fiore was alone on stage, with the LED screen behind her showing shots from the music video of her song. She stays in one place for the beginning of the song and begins to move around the stage after the first chorus. Maria will sing “Scelgo” which will be performed in Italian and English.
Following Italy were their southern neighbours, Malta. Gianluca Cilia was joined by five dancers on stage, who energetic choreography matched the feel of the song. Gianluca comes down the ramp during the Maltese part of the song and sings the second last chorus through a megaphone. He is followed by the dancers and finishes the song there. Gianluca will sing “Dawra Tond”, which will be performed in English and Maltese.
The third performance today was by Alicja Rega from Poland. Alicja started off her performance at the back of the stage but slowly moved forward to centre stage during the first verse, where she remained for the rest of the song. The LED screen showed a forest scene with flowers growing. Alicja will sing “Mój Dom”, which will be performed in Polish.
The next country on stage was returning country and current adult Eurovision champions, Portugal. Mariana Venâncio was dressed in dark clothing, which sharply contrasted with the bright colours on stage. Various emojis appeared on the LED screen behind her, along with a city scene and bright coloured patterns. Mariana has also made slight variations to the melody of her song. Mariana will be sing “Youtuber”, which is sung in Portuguese.
Polina Bogusevich from Russia was the next contestant to rehearse on stage. The staging picked up where the official music video left off. In the beginning, two dancers danced around various pieces of furniture. During the second verse, one dancer left and three more dancers came on stage. For the final bridge and chorus, Polina made her way down the ramp, where she was joined by and interacted with the one remaining dancer. Polina will sing “Krylya” in Russian and English.
The sixth rehearsal today came from Jana Paunović and Irina Brodić from Serbia. The staging and choreography remains mostly the same from the national final. The only major differences being that the girls have headsets rather than handheld microphones and Jana now plays a cello instead of a double bass during the instrumental. Jana and Irina will perform “Ceo Svet Je Naš”, which will be sung in Serbian.
The penultimate rehearsal of the day came from Fource from the Netherlands. The boys premiered their stage outfits, which have been designed by a London-based designer who has worked with many international artists, such as The Script, will.i.am and Justin Beiber. The slick choreography starts on the main stage and then the boys make their way down the runway. Fource will perform “Love Me”, which is sung in Dutch and English.
The last rehearsal of the day comes from Ukraine. Anastasiya Baginska begins the song by speaking, while perched on a prop tree with a boy playing the guitar beside her. The stage is rather dark to begin with, with the lights shining brightly by the first chorus. A girl appears on stage playing the violin towards the end of the song, as Anastasiya sings and sways along to the music. Anastasiya will be singing “Don’t Stop”, which is sung in Ukrainian and English.
More rehearsals will take place tomorrow. Eurovoix will bring you the latest news from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 throughout this week.