The Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 18th at the Expo Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel. Forty-one 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 2019.
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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14:30 CET // Live coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest first rehearsals comences in 30 minutes time.
Belarus: Zena – Like It
14:47 CET // Zena is joined by two male dancers and lots of boxes on stage.
14:49 CET // Zena does not use her chest voice for bridge into the final chorus, supposedly to save her voice.
14:51 CET // Two female dancers join Zena for the final chorus.
14:57 CET // The background graphics are very colourful and trippy.
14:59 CET // This performance has much more than the national final performance. The two female backing dancers are also backing vocalists.
15:11 CET // Zena had to restart her third run through because the track was not playing on the speaker system.
15:13 CET // Zena has added smoke machines to her at the beginning and end of the song.
Serbia: Nevena Božović – Kruna
15:24 CET // Nevena is wearing the same outfit as her Beovizija performance.
15:26 CET // LED’s are being used far more in this performance.
15:28 CET // Nevena gives another strong vocal performance on this second run through.
15:50 CET // Projections of swirls around the bottom of Nevena’s dress also appear.
15:52 CET // The graphics feature ice which shattering on the last chorus.
16:00 CET // Nevena does a fourth run through.
16:02 CET // Another strong vocal performance from Nevena.
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