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.
Today sees the second rehearsals commence with fifteen nations returning to the stage from Semi-Final One. Second rehearsals last for 20 minutes and are an opportunity for delegatiosn to make changes before the dress rehearsals.
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08:45 CET // Second rehearsals commence in 15 minutes time with Tamta from Cyprus returning to the Tel Aviv stage.
09:13 CET // Shalom and Happy Israeli Independence Day! Apologies to the late start due to my late arrival at Expo Tel Aviv but we’re good to go now.
Cyprus: Tamta – Replay
09:17 CET // The second run through starts now. We are finally able to hear Tamta in this rehearsal.
09:19 CET // A lot more Boomerang effects are being used in the performance now.
09:21 CET // There is also a lot more pyrotechnics than previous run throughs.
Montenegro: D mol – Heaven
09:24 CET // No major staging changes from D mol so far.
09:25 CET // The men of the group now have extra gold elements in their clothes.
09:28 CET // The ending falling sequence seems a little messy during this first run through.
09:32 CET // The camera angles seem slicker on this second run through.
09:35 CET // The ending seems a little more polished but still messy overall.
09:40 CET // D mol have now started their third run through.
Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – Look Away
09:46 CET // No major changes in staging so far.
09:48 CET // There is now a close up shot on Sebastian for the second verse, with a projection of the dancer in the background.
09:49 CET // Sebastian’s vocals have also improved a lot since UMK.
09:57 CET // The lighting has become brighter since the first rehearsal.
09:59 CET // The performance is improving with each run through.
10:06 CET // The third run through for Finland has just started.
10:08 CET // Another strong rehearsal from Finland.
Poland: Tulia – Fire of Love (Pali sie)
10:14 CET // The vocal mix problems from first rehearsals have now been fixed.
10:15 CET // Tulia have had to restart their first run through due to one of the cameras not working.
10:18 CET // Wide camera shots of the audience are shown in order to avoid showing Tulia getting down from the rotating platform.
10:19 CET // Tulia’s performance is looking a lot slicker than in the first rehearsals.
10:25 CET // No major changes in the second run through.
10:30 CET // Tulia have an extra layer of veil on their outfits which they remove for the second chorus.
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gasper Santl – Sebi
11:38 CET // Zala seems to have some problems with her in-ears.
11:40 CET // Lots of wide camera angles again for Slovenia.
11:46 CET // No changes at all from the first rehearsal.
11:54 CET // Zala and Gašper have such a strong connection between them that definitely comes across on camera.
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