The Grand Final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 12th at the Altice Arena of Lisbon, Portugal. Forty-three artists will take to the stage over three nights to perform their contributions for the contest, fighting to become the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Over the next week, all of the artists will have the chance to rehearse on stage and make any last-minute changes to their performance before the live broadcasts. Today, nine countries will rehearse for the first time.
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17:00 CET – Slovenia – Lea Sirk – Hvala, Ne!
17:04 CET – The performance begins with four female dancers in silver sparkling outfits doing a short sequence of arm movements before Lea appears behind them.
The performance takes a lot of inspiration from her winning routine in EMA but is scaled up to suit a much larger venue.
There is a confusing element towards the end of the song where the music cuts out, forcing Lea to ask the crowd to help her out, before the music once again kicks in.
An extra element Slovenia are providing is singing the final chorus in Portuguese, as a salute to our host country.
17:23 CET – The starting sequence is a lot slicker for the second run through, the dancers are much more in time.
The full stage is getting a lot of use in this routine. The ‘mistake’ in the middle does seem to be a little uncomfortable and long. It breaks up the routine quite a lot. It’s hard to judge in an empty arena but hopefully the audience are willing to support and sing along. It is a risky strategy to use, especially for a song that is in a language not widely spoken.
Choreographically this is one of the strongest performances of the day, hopefully with a backed up audience the song will not be disjointed.
17:40 CET – Ukraine – Mélovin – Under The Ladder
17:54 CET – The opening shot shows Mélovin lying down inside a cage on top of the piano. The piano then lifts him to his feet then he walks down the piano steps onto the stage.
At the end of the performance he then walks back up to sit at the piano as the staircase is set on fire.
18:06 CET – Mélovin is joined by 4 backing singers, two female and two male. They are used minimally throughout the performance as most of the focus in on Mélovin at the front of the stage. A wind machine is used at 1:30 before he removes his outside black jacket to reveal the white jacket underneath.
Mélovin returns to the piano to play it at 2:10 and the climax of the performance ends with a final shot of him pointing to the sky before it pans back to the arena.
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