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Eurovision 2024: Israel’s First Rehearsal!

Next up on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2024 is Israel. Eden Golan with her song “Hurricane” is ready for her first rehearsal on the stage of Malmö Arena!

Who is Eden Golan?

Born in Israel and raised in Israel and Russia, Eden’s talents span singing, songwriting, composing, musical production and dancing.

Starting at the age of 9 years old, she garnered recognition by participating in competitions and winning numerous awards.

The young singer was the lead vocalist in a girl group for two years, captivating audiences on various stages, festivals and TV shows, before joining label and publishing house Session42 at the age of 18. She has tried to represent Russia in Junior Eurovision in 2015 and she was also a finalist on The Voice Kids in 2018.

Eden Golan won HaKokhav HaBa, an Israeli talent show via which the country’s act for Eurovision 2024 was selected. Her song “Hurricane” was selected at a later stage.

The Rehearsal

Next up in the Semi-Final running order will be Italy’s Angelina Mango, who isn’t rehearsing until Thursday. So instead we’re skipping straight to 20-year-old Eden Golan from Israel, singing her power-ballad Hurricane.

Eden isn’t just a talented singer – she’s also a songwriter, composer, producer and dancer. She won Israel’s biggest talent show HaKokhav HaBa (‘The Next Star’) back in February, along with the chance to represent Israel at Eurovision.

On stage we have our second big circular prop of the day – it’s the same style as Latvia’s, but smaller, lit up with neon and featuring a built-in wind machine. It’s also has ladders each side, so it can be used as a support for five dancers – three male, two female – who take their complex contemporary dance routine from around the circle to the front of the stage.

The dancers’ costumes are off-white and grey, to complement Eden’s long flowing dress. The whole performance has the same aesthetic as the official video – and as you’d expect for a song called Hurricane, the LED wall features lots of swirling colour. Our second big ballad of the day, with huge vocals to match. Photos soon!

Israel First Rehearsal Eurovision 2024 Credits: Sarah Louise Bennet / EBU

Israel’s second rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, 3/5. A TV snippet of Eden’s performance will provide a clearer picture of what to expect on the Eurovision stage.

You can watch a small clip from Israel’s first rehearsal from TikTok:

@eurovision @EDEN GOLAN has had her very first run-through of Hurricane as rehearsals continue in Malmö #Eurovision2024 ♬ original sound – Eurovision

 

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Eurovision 2024: Serbia’s First Rehearsal!

Next up on the Malmö stage for her first rehearsal is the Serbian participant Teya Dora, with her heartbreaking ballad Ramonda!

Who is Teya Dora?

Blending modern pop with traditional Balkan influences and honest lyrics, Teya Dora’s music has resonated with millions of listeners worldwide.

She is one of the artists with the most monthly listeners on Spotify in the Balkans (having reached over 3 million monthly listeners) thanks to her song “Džanum”, who went viral on TikTok and becabe a global hit.

Despite personal challenges, including the loss of her father, Teya’s music remains an expression of hope and resilience.

She graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, before focusing on writing her own music. She wrote her first song, “Da na Meni je,” in late 2018 and released the track in July of the following year. The song was an instant success and gave her a rapid influx of recognition in the Serbian music industry.

Her favourite singer is Marija Šerifović, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Serbia in 2007.

The Rehearsal

The staging for this song is very similar to when TEYA DORA won Pesma za Evroviziju, Serbia’s national finals, back in March. A big rock (we think the same one as the NF, but can’t been 100% sure), shadowy lighting, graphics of clouds and stars and lightning, finishing with a blooming ramonda flower.

TEYA DORA’s costume is a dark grey dress with a long layered skirt – all very dramatic and atmospheric.

PYRO UPDATE! Lots and lots of smoke in the final run through, so that’s what you’ll see on 7th May. For art fans, it reminds us of Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. Niche, we know.

The second rehearsal of Serbia will take place on Wednesday May 1st, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Teya Dora on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Serbia’s first rehearsal from TikTok:

@eurovision @TeyaDora is serving Serbian seaside songstress at first rehearsals in Malmö #Eurovision2024 ♬ original sound – Eurovision

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Eurovision 2024: Cyprus’ First Rehearsal!

The moment all eurofans have been waiting for is finally here! The first rehearsals of Eurovision 2024 have started! The first artist to set foot on the Eurovision stage of Malmö Arena is Silia Kapsis from Cyprus, with her energetic bop Liar!

Who is Silia Kapsis?

Despite only being 17 years old, Silia Kapsis is already a succesful artist in Australia where she resides, as she has her own TV show in Nickelodeon Australia!

She sings and dances amazingly, and as she revealed to Eurovisionfun her big childhood dream was to perform on the Eurovision stage.

Silia is a singer of Cypriot and Greek descent, born in Sydney, Australia, on December 5, 2006 to the Cypriot singer Giorgos Kapsis and the Greek lawyer and former dancer Despina Saivanidis. She has been performing since the age of 4 and has had extensive training with elite artists at the top of their respective fields.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Bobby McCloughan Creative Arts Award (130 Anniversary Award) at Claremont College, the St Vincent’s College Madame Christian Scholarship for Singing and most recently, she was the recipient of the Village Nation Performing Arts College Scholarship for All – Round Triple Threat Performer.

She composed her first single “Who Am I?” at the age of 12, but it was released later, only in 2022. Since then she has released three more singles – “No Boys Allowed”, in March 2023, “Disco Dancer”, in May 2023, and “Night Out”, in November 2023.

The Rehearsal

Silia is only 17, but she’s owning this stage like performing in a huge arena is a walk in the park. The gold lamé costume from the official video has been replaced with trousers and a crop top in sparkly white, with four male backing dancers in cargo pants and baggy white t-shirts. No stage props, but lots of swirly green and red graphics on the LED backdrop and floor. The LED graphics look like watery swirls and sine waves and they’re all choreographed to the beat of the music.

Fans of Silia’s dancing will be happy to hear that this performance has a high energy routine and a huge dance break before the bridge into the final chorus – just the kind of upbeat number we need to get the party started on May 7th. Also should mention that the dancers pull their shirts off in the final chorus.

Silia Kapsis from Cyprus - Eurovision 2024 first rehearsal

Silia Kapsis from Cyprus – Eurovision 2024 first rehearsal

The second rehearsal of Cyprus will take place on Wednesday May 1st, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Silia Kapsis on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Cyprus’ first rehearsal from TikTok:

@eurovision She’s got us &lt&ltfeeling like ooh-la-la>>– Cyprus’ Silia Kapsis if officially the first, first rehearsal! #Eurovision2024 @SILIA ♬ original sound – Eurovision

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Junior Eurovision 2023: The first rehearsals of the 16 participating countries!

The 21st edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner. Artists from sixteen different countries have arrived in Nice, where they will have the opportunity to sing live in front of millions of audience.

Those “Heroes” have been preparing for months and they have just underwent their first technical rehearsals at the stage of Palais Nikaia, where the main event will take place. The First Rehearsals began yesterday and were concluded today.

As in the adult Eurovision, no journalists were allowed to watch the first rehearsals. Moreover, there were no rehearsal clips uploaded. Hence, there is no audiovisual material, except some photos uploaded on the official social media accounts of the competition. You can take a sneak peak of what all those young performers have prepared, below:

Albania – Viola Gjyzeli

Armenia – Yan Girls

Estonia – ARHANNA

Georgia – Anastasia and Ranina

Germany – Fia

France – Zoé Clauzure

Ireland – Jessica McKean

Italy – Melissa and Ranya

Malta – Yulan

Netherlands – Sep and Jasmijn

North Macedonia – Tamara Grujeska

Poland – Maja Krzyżewska

Portugal – Júlia Machado

Spain – Sandra Valero

Ukraine – Anastasia Dymyd

United Kingdom – STAND UNIQU3

The running order

After a draw was held, the running order of the 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest was decided as following:

  1. Spain
  2. Malta
  3. Ukraine
  4. Ireland
  5. United Kingdom
  6. North Macedonia
  7. Estonia
  8. Armenia
  9. Poland
  10. Georgia
  11. Portugal
  12. France
  13. Albania
  14. Italy
  15. Germany
  16. The Netherlands

What’s next?

Following the second rehearsals of the sixteen participants, a snippet of each country’s performance will be uploaded on JuniorEurovisio.tv and so will commence marks the first phase of the Online Voting, which will determine 50 percent of the total outcome. The online voting platform will close just before the show starts on Sunday and will re-open for a while after all the performances. For more information on how to vote, check this out:

https://youtu.be/3lzh9b3hq1w

Junior Eurovision 2023 will take place at Palais Nikaia, in the city of Nice, France, next Sunday 26 November. The contest will be hosted by France for the second time after Lissandro won the 2022 contest in Armenia with his song “Oh maman!”.

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Greece: “There are two changes we want to make”!

Greek representative Victor Vernicos spoke to the presenters of MEGA show Πάμε Δανάη via skype from Liverpool this morning. Victor was very satisfied and optimistic after the first rehearsal, while he revealed that the Greek delegation wants to make two changes to his appearance.

I feel great, I’m not too stressed. We are doing great with the team, we had the first rehearsal yesterday. As soon as I stepped into Liverpool, my energy went up to 200%! We are ready! I am the youngest representative in the contest this year, they go crazy and so do I when I remember it. The atmosphere is very nice, I have met many artists and I get along very well with all of them.

 

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To Danae’s question about how the first rehearsal went and whether the Greek delegation is planning on making any changes, Victor answered:

Things went perfectly in the rehearsal, couldn’t have gone better. We also saw how it will look on TV. I will wear this outfit in the semi-final. There are two changes we will be making. Generally I don’t get stressed, everyone encourages me and everyone gives energy to others.

On Friday 5/5 Victor Vernicos will be having his second technical rehearsal on stage.


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Eurovision 2023: Poland’s First Rehearsal!

Next up on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is Poland. Blanka with her song Solois ready for her first rehearsal on the stage of M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool!

Who is Blanka?

Blanka Stajkow, known mononymously as Blanka, is a Polish singer and model. After writing her first song at the age of 14 while living in the Polish city of Szczecin, Blanka knew she wanted to be a popstar, and so headed to the USA with her mother, and put down roots stateside for the next 4 years. In 2021, she participated in Top Model, a Polish reality television show. While on the show, she officially released her first official single, “Better”.The following year, she signed a contract with Warner Music Poland, and released her second single, “Solo”, which now brought her to the Eurovision stage.

Blanka’s win in the Polish national selection was filled with controversy but Blanka, “Bejba” for her fans, is here in Liverpool stronger than ever, enhancing the criticism and making it a huge weapon of hers.

The Rehearsal

After three performances with no backing singers/dancers, Blanka is NOT Solo. She’s has four backing dancers, and this song is a huge summer MOOD from start to finish.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

Blanka sounds great and is totally owning that stage against a backdrop of tropical graphics – there’s even a dress reveal AND a mid-song dance break, which is ticking all our Eurovision boxes.

Sarah Louise Bennet / EBU

You can see Blanka’s outfit on the backstage photo below:

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

Update: The final chorus of Blanka’s performance is accompanied by a shower of fireworks! Hot enough, we guess!

The second rehearsal of Poland will take place on Friday 5/5, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Blanka on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Poland’s first rehearsal from Tik Tok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@eurovision/video/7228582019054292251

 


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Eurovision 2023: Greece’s First Rehearsal!

Next up on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is Greece. Victor Vernicos with his songWhat They Sayis ready for his first rehearsal on the stage of M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool!

Who is Victor Vernicos?

Victor Vernicos is the youngest artist participating in Eurovision 2023 and in fact the youngest Greek participant ever! Victor might be young but he’s got big dreams!Victor has been involved in music since he was 4 years old. He has taken vocal and guitar lessons, while he has also attended music technology seminars. In 2021 he released his first song in which he wrote music, lyrics but also produced it himself. He is now representing Greece in Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with a song that he wrote himself when he was 14 years old.

The Rehearsal

If Victor is nervous about performing in such a huge arena at such a young age, it doesn’t show – he’s giving this both vocal power and some great on-stage energy, backed up by multiple giant Victors on the LED wall.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

His signature dance move is an infectious bounce that will have the arena jumping next Thursday – Ed Sheeran is one of his musical influences, and you can definitely feel the Sheeran vibe in What They Say. A confident and uplifting performance, and the Greek delegation should be very happy with that.

Costume wise, it’s the same shorts and jacket vibe as Romania’s Theodor yesterday, but less yellow.

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

Update: In the final runthrough for Greece, we’ve got the added bonus of some low smoke, because Victor is ON FIRE!

EBU

The second rehearsal of Greece will take place on Friday 5/5, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Victor on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Greece’s first rehearsal on TikTok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@eurovision/video/7228577350680677659

 


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Eurovision 2023: Iceland’s First Rehearsal!

Next up on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is Iceland. Diljá with her songPoweris ready for her first rehearsal on the stage of M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool!

Who is Diljá?

Diljá Pétursdóttir, better known simply as Diljá, was born in 2002 in Kópavogur in the Capital Region of Iceland. She first gained attention after competing in the second series of Ísland Got Talent in 2015. Off-stage, Diljá is a physiotherapy student and a committed CrossFit athlete. A self-proclaimed ‘Eurovision nerd’, it’s always been Diljá’s dream to represent her nation at the Contest.

The Rehearsal

Diljá has huge stage presence and an infectious energy, and the biggest power she has is in that extraordinary voice.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

She’s also moves really well, covering the whole stage with high kicks and gymnastic moves – it’s a really compelling combination of vocal and physical strength, that feels like nothing else at Eurovision this year. We also haven’t seen a lot of drum ‘n’ bass at Eurovision over the years, and now we’d like more please.

Sarah Louise Bennet / EBU

She also wears a silver suit.

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

The second rehearsal of Iceland will take place on Friday 5/5, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Diljá on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Iceland’s first rehearsal from Tik Tok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@eurovision/video/7228574716607335706


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Eurovision 2023: Estonia’s First Rehearsal!

Next up on the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is Estonia. Alika with her songBridgesis ready for her first rehearsal on the stage of M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool!

Who is Alika?

Alika was born in Narva in Estonia on 5 September 2002. She has been performing since she was four years old, and has participated in many televised singing competitions including ‘The Baltic Voice’, ‘New Wave Junior’, ‘Kaunas Talent’, ‘Bravo Song Contest’ and ‘Berlin Perle’. Alika rose to fame after winning the eighth season of ‘Eesti otsib superstaari’ (Estonian Idol), securing more than 70% of the vote in the final. Her first three singles, Õnnenumber, Bon Appetit, and C’est La Vie, all reached the top of the radio charts in Estonia, solidifying her popularity in her home country. She’s participating in Eurovision 2023 with Bridges, which she wrote with Wouter Hardy, who co-wrote Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision winning song Arcade.

The Rehearsal

It’s time to welcome our first on-stage grand piano of the competition 🎹 – the same haunted one we first encountered at Eesti Laul.

Sarah Louise Bennet / EBU

Alika has such a powerful voice, and the vocal range of this song makes it hugely challenging to sing. It’s also a great example of the lighting and graphics capability of the Liverpool stage – there isn’t a square inch of the floor and LED backdrop that isn’t used here to dramatic effect. An uplifting start to the day.

Corinne Cumming / EBU

Alika’s stage outfit is a beautiful blue dress with a long train, you can see some of the detail on the picture below.

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

The second rehearsal of Estonia will take place on Thursday 4/5, when we will have a better picture of what we will see from Alika on the Eurovision stage, as we will have the official TV snippet.

Below you can watch a small clip from Estonia’s first rehearsal from Tik Tok:

https://www.tiktok.com/@eurovision/video/7228569381771447579

 


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Belgium: Watch exclusive rehearsal footage from Gustaph’s first rehearsal!

Gustaph’s first technical rehearsal took place yesterday and VRT, one of Belgium’s national broadcasters, shared a backstage video from yesterday’s rehearsal. In the backstage video we can also take a glimpse of how the televised performance of Gustaph will look like on the day of the 2nd Semifinal on May 11.

This backstage video provides us also with a better picture about the TV coverage of the stage in Liverpool.

More information about Belgium’s first rehearsal:

The second rehearsal of Belgium is scheduled for Thursday 4/5 when we will have more details on Gustaph’s performance.

Belgium with Gustaph and his song Because of You participates in the 2nd Semifinal on May 11, performing 5th.

You can also watch the reaction video of EurovisionFun on Because of You below:


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