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Eurovision 2024: Latvia’s Second Rehearsal!

Next artist to step on the cross-like stage of Malmö Arena and try to win one of the ten tickets for the Final is Dons from Latvia, who is performing his song, “Hollow“.

Who is Dons?

Dons is one of Latvia’s most famous singers and songwriters. His real name is Artūrs Šingirejs, and he was born in 1984, the year when Sweden marked its second win in the Contest. Dons has also won Latvian Music Recording Awards’ “Top Hit” not once, but eight times for the most played song on the radio. However, the records for him do not stop there.

He has also released eight solo albums, he has won “Best Pop Album” twice and “Best Rock Album” once, while he has also won numerous awards, including Latvijas Radio’s Muzikālās Banka “Song of the Year” five times.

Moreover, Dons began his carrer back in 2003 through the Latvian reality show “Talantu Fabrika“. Since then, he has also released a duet album, while his debut album, “Lights On” (2006), was mostly in English.

Let’s remember here that although Dons won the National Final of Latvia, Supernova 2024, hence he is a member of our Eurovision 2024 community, he had also tried to represent Latvia twice in the past, in 2010 with his song “My Religion Is Freedom“, and in 2014 with “Pēdējā Vēstule“, both finishing in second place.

The rehearsal:

The staging for this features a huge circular prop (maybe three or four metres in diameter), that Dons stands in at the start of the song. It doesn’t move or spin or light up, but it does create a really powerful focal point on stage.

Latvia second rehearsal Eurovision 2024. Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett/EBU

Dons is wearing his trademark royal blue sleeveless pantsuit , and he’s backed by an LED wall of gently pulsing lights and circles. The lighting effects are actually really clever – lots of slow-moving blue spotlights in the verses that kick into much brighter, whiter lights in the chorus. They feel like searchlights, and it gives this whole performance a MOOD.

Latvia second rehearsal Eurovision 2024. Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett/EBU

After today’s second rehearsals a recap video will be published on the official Youtube channel! Stay tuned!

The Dress Rehearsal for Latvia and the rest of Semi Final 2 is scheduled for Wednesday the 8th of May!


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Eurovision 2023: Watch video of the BIG 5 and Ukraine’s rehearsals!

The preparations on Liverpool for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest are on fire and it’s now a wrap for the seventh and last day of the technical rehearsals. After their first technical rehearsals, the representatives of the BIG 5 and Ukraine took the stage of the M&S Bank Arena for their second rehearsals.

The second rehearsals gave the opportunity to the delegations to fix any mistakes spotted on the first rehearsals and help the artists feel more safe and familiar with the Eurovision big stage.

Because accredited journalists are not allowed to watch both the first and second rehearsals this year, we have very little information about what this year’s artists have prepared for the Eurovision stage. EBU has just uploaded through the official Eurovision channel in YouTube a recap of today’s rehearsals. More specifically, we will have the chance to watch exclusive TV footage of today’s rehearsals.

The countries that had their second rehearsals today were the following:

  1. Germany
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Spain
  5. Ukraine
  6. United Kingdom

You can watch the recap of today’s rehearsals below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWiRonGCEA


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Eurovision 2023: The Last Day’s rehearsal schedule!

The big moment for all Eurofans has arrived. The wait has come to an end, as we are now in the most important days before the live shows. Rehearsals officially begun on Sunday for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The rehearsals are divided into two phases; the first phase lasted three days, from Sunday 30/04 until Tuesday 02/05 and included the first rehearsals of all the countries taking part in the two semi-finals of the competition. The second phase will last from Wednesday 03/05 until today, Saturday 06/05 and includes the second rehearsals of the countries of the two semi-finals as well as the rehearsals of the countries competing directly in the Final, namely the Big 5 and last year’s winner Ukraine.

Last year’s changes in the way rehearsals are covered continue this year, as the Press Center opens on Monday after the first and second rehearsals, which means that the information we will have for the first week of the competition will come exclusively from the material to be provided by the EBU to the accredited journalists.

Program

The BIG 5 and last year’s Ukraine, will make their second appearance on stage at the M&S Bank Arena. These countries are:

  • Germany 11.30 – 11.50
  • France 11.55 – 12.15
  • Italy 12.20 – 12.40
  • Ukraine 12.45 – 13.05
  • Spain 13.10 – 13.30
  • United Kingdom 13.35 – 13.55

For everything new regarding these rehearsals, you will instantly be informed by Eurovisionfun!

From Monday 8/5, the press center opens normally for accredited journalists, who will have the opportunity to watch the general rehearsals before the live shows as was the case in previous years.

Eurovisionfun will of course be there to inform you about everything that happens at the M&S Bank Arena!


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Eurovision 2023: Watch the exclusive rehearsal footage from the remaining Semi Final 2 acts’ second rehearsals!

The preparations on Liverpool for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest are on fire and it’s now a wrap for the 6th day of the technical rehearsals. After their first technical rehearsals, the representatives of the 11 remaining acts participating in the 2nd Semifinal on May 11, took the stage of the M&S Bank Arena for their second rehearsals.

About the first 5 countries from SemiFinal 2 that had their second rehearsals yesterday:

The second rehearsals gave the opportunity to the delegations to fix any mistakes spotted on the first rehearsals and help the artists feel more safe and familiar with the Eurovision big stage.

Because accredited journalists are not allowed to watch both the first and second rehearsals this year, we have very little information about what this year’s artists have prepared for the Eurovision stage. EBU has just uploaded through the official Eurovision channel in YouTube a recap of today’s rehearsals. More specifically, we will have the chance to watch exclusive TV footage of today’s rehearsals.

The countries that had their second rehearsals today were the following:

  1. Cyprus
  2. Iceland
  3. Greece
  4. Poland
  5. Slovenia
  6. Georgia
  7. San Marino
  8. Austria
  9. Albania
  10. Lithuania
  11. Australia

You can watch the recap of today’s rehearsals below:


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Eurovision 2023: The Sixth Date’s rehearsal schedule!

The big moment for all Eurofans has arrived. The wait has come to an end, as we are now in the most important days before the live shows. Rehearsals officially begun on Sunday for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The rehearsals are divided into two phases; the first phase lasted three days, from Sunday 30/04 until Tuesday 02/05 and included the first rehearsals of all the countries taking part in the two semi-finals of the competition. The second phase will last from Wednesday 03/05 until tomorrow, Saturday 06/05 and includes the second rehearsals of the countries of the two semi-finals as well as the rehearsals of the countries competing directly in the Final, namely the Big 5 and last year’s winner Ukraine.

Last year’s changes in the way rehearsals are covered continue this year, as the Press Center opens on Monday after the first and second rehearsals, which means that the information we will have for the first week of the competition will come exclusively from the material to be provided by the EBU to the accredited journalists.

Program

The last eleven countries from the second semi-final will make their second appearance on stage at the M&S Bank Arena. These countries are:

  • Cyprus 11.30 – 11.50
  • Iceland 11.55 – 12.15
  • Greece 12.20 – 12.40
  • Poland 12.45 – 13.05
  • Slovenia 13.10 – 13.30
  • Georgia 14.40 – 15.10
  • San Marino 15.20 – 15.50
  • Austria 16.00 – 16.30
  • Albania 16.40 – 17.10
  • Lithuania 17.20 – 17.50
  • Australia 18.00 – 18.30

For everything new regarding these rehearsals, you will instantly be informed by Eurovisionfun!

From Monday 8/5, the press center opens normally for accredited journalists, who will have the opportunity to watch the general rehearsals before the live shows as was the case in previous years.

Eurovisionfun will of course be there to inform you about everything that happens at the M&S Bank Arena!


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Eurovision 2023: Watch the exclusive rehearsal footage from today’s second rehearsals!

The preparations on Liverpool for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest are on fire and it’s now a wrap for the 5th day of the technical rehearsals. After their first technical rehearsals, the representatives of the first 5 countries participating in the 2nd Semifinal on May 11, took the stage of the M&S Bank Arena for their second rehearsals.

The second rehearsals gave the opportunity to the delegations to fix any mistakes spotted on the first rehearsals and help the artists feel more safe and familiar with the Eurovision big stage.

Because accredited journalists are not allowed to watch both the first and second rehearsals this year, we have very little information about what this year’s artists have prepared for the Eurovision stage. EBU has just uploaded through the official Eurovision channel in YouTube a recap of today’s rehearsals. More specifically, we will have the chance to watch exclusive TV footage of today’s rehearsals.

The countries that had their second rehearsals today were the following:

  1. Denmark
  2. Armenia
  3. Romania
  4. Estonia
  5. Belgium

You can watch the recap of today’s rehearsals below:


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Eurovision 2023: The Fifth Date’s rehearsal schedule!

The big moment for all Eurofans has arrived. The wait has come to an end, as we are now in the most important days before the live shows. Rehearsals officially begun on Sunday for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

The rehearsals are divided into two phases; the first phase lasted three days, from Sunday 30/04 until Tuesday 02/05 and included the first rehearsals of all the countries taking part in the two semi-finals of the competition. The second phase will last from Wednesday 03/05 until Saturday 06/05 and includes the second rehearsals of the countries of the two semi-finals as well as the rehearsals of the countries competing directly in the Final, namely the Big 5 and last year’s winner Ukraine. You can watch the rehearsals of the countries competing in the first seni-final in our article!

Last year’s changes in the way rehearsals are covered continue this year, as the Press Center opens on Monday after the first and second rehearsals, which means that the information we will have for the first week of the competition will come exclusively from the material to be provided by the EBU to the accredited journalists.

Program

Todays program consists of two parts. To start, the first five countries competing in the second semi-final will step on stage for their second rehearsals, and then the BIG 5 and Ukraine will take turn, for their first rehearsal on stage at the M&S Bank Arena. These countries are:

  • Denmark 11.30 – 11.50
  • Armenia 11.55 – 12.15
  • Romania 12.20 – 12.40
  • Estonia 12.45 – 13.05
  • Belgium 13.10 – 13.30
  • Germany 14.40 – 15.10
  • France 15.20 – 15.50
  • Italy 16.00 – 16.30
  • Ukraine 16.40 – 17.10
  • Spain 17.20 – 17.50
  • United Kingdom 18.00 – 18.30

For everything new regarding these rehearsals, you will instantly be informed by Eurovisionfun!

From Monday 8/5, the press center opens normally for accredited journalists, who will have the opportunity to watch the general rehearsals before the live shows as was the case in previous years.

Eurovisionfun will of course be there to inform you about everything that happens at the M&S Bank Arena!


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Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Eurovision 2023: Watch the exclusive rehearsal footage from the second rehearsals of the Semi-Final 1 acts!

The preparations on Liverpool for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest are on fire and it’s now a wrap for the 4th day of the technical rehearsals. After their first technical rehearsals, the representatives of the 15 countries participating in the 1st Semifinal on May 9, took the stage of the M&S Bank Arena for their second rehearsals.

The second rehearsals gave the opportunity to the delegations to fix any mistakes spotted on the first rehearsals and help the artists feel more safe and familiar with the Eurovision big stage.

Because accredited journalists are not allowed to watch both the first and second rehearsals this year, we have very little information about what this year’s artists have prepared for the Eurovision stage. EBU has just uploaded through the official Eurovision channel in YouTube a recap of today’s rehearsals. More specifically, we will have the chance to watch exclusive TV footage of today’s rehearsals.

The countries that had their second rehearsals today were the following:

  1. Norway
  2. Malta
  3. Serbia
  4. Latvia
  5. Portugal
  6. Ireland
  7. Croatia
  8. Switzerland
  9. Israel
  10. Moldova
  11. Sweden
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Czechia
  14. Netherlands
  15. Finland

You can watch the recap of today’s rehearsals below:


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Eurovision 2023: Latvia’s Second Rehearsal!

The time for Latvia just came. Sudden Lights are here to claim that indie rock is not dead. Their atmospheric rehearsal is about to begin. Fasten your seatbelts. 

 

“Sing you lullabies”

 

Sudden Lights

Sudden Lights, an indie rock band from Latvia, was established in 2012 in Riga and consists of Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis (vocalist), Mārtiņš Matīss Zemītis (drummer), Kārlis Matīss Zitmanis (guitarist), and Kārlis Vārtiņš (bassist). They won Supernova 2023 in February 2023 with their song “Aijā” and will represent Latvia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The song was written in English to offer solace to a broader audience, but the title is in Latvian, a language that has not been heard at Eurovision since 2004. The title contains a word that the band claims is untranslatable but evokes the mood of a Latvian folk song. The band claims: ‘Witnessing the dark events in the world and people’s lives ruined by evil, we could not remain indifferent.’ Sudden Lights is among the most-streamed performers in Latvia and has released three studio albums since their formation in 2012 as music school students.

The second rehearsal

During their performance, Sudden Lights are dressed in sharp suits that add to their stage presence. Their performance features the same type of atmospheric lighting that we saw during their Supernova appearance, and it’s precisely the kind of show that is perfect for a large arena stage.

 

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

 

Furthermore, lead vocalist Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis’ melancholic lyrics sound fantastic, and the ending has a beautiful moment of serene stillness that elicits many emotions.

 

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

 

In the afternoon, after the completion of all the rehearsals, a video will be released with short excerpts from the television footage of all the second rehearsals!

 

Source: eurovision.tv

 


You can also take a look, not only at the reaction video of EurovisionFun on “Aija”:

 

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..but also at the reaction video on the First Semi-Final’s running order:

 

 


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Eurovision 2023: Serbia’s Second Rehearsal!

Serbia, the stage is yours! Don’t feel misguided by the title, Luke Black’s mission is not to make you feel sleepy. Are you ready for a dystopian sci-fi trip?

 

“I like it better when I dream”

 

Luke Black

Luke Black is a Serbian singer and songwriter, born on 18 May 1992 in Čačak, FR Yugoslavia. He started pursuing his interest in music at the age of 12 and began creating and producing music a few years later. His stage name, “Luke,” comes from the anglicisation of his first name, while “Black” comes from his teenage expression of forty days of mourning for the “death of the Serbian music scene.” His music combines classic pop influences with experimental, electronic, and indie sounds, influenced by artists like Queen, Elton John, Stromae, Lady Gaga, Maria Callas, and Eartha Kitt. In January 2023, he was announced as one of the contestants of Pesma za Evroviziju ’23, the Serbian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with the song “Samo mi se spava”. He won the competition, receiving the most points out of sixteen finalists by coming second on both the televote and the jury vote, thereby becoming the Serbian representative for the contest in Liverpool.

The second rehearsal

During Luke Black’s second rehearsal, we are captivated by the numerous video game references on the screen that we missed during his first performance on Sunday. Luke takes the stage to sing his indie/techno song, which contains both English and Serbian lyrics. For staging, Luke has brought the enormous prop resembling a bed/oyster shell from the Serbian National Finals.

 

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

 

Additionally, four masked dancers are present, trailing long hoses. The throbbing bass, video game graphics, and eerie, surreal, and mesmerizing atmosphere make for an unforgettable performance. Luke also unleashes smoke from the backpacks worn by his backup dancers, particularly during the final chorus, which adds to the already apocalyptic feel of the performance.

 

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

 

In the afternoon, after the completion of all the rehearsals, a video will be released with short excerpts from the television footage of all the second rehearsals!

 

Source: eurovision.tv

 


You can also take a look, not only at the reaction video of EurovisionFun on “Samo mi se spava”:

 

 

…but also at the reaction video on the First Semi-Final’s running order:

 

 


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