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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: Ireland’s Second Rehearsal!

The next band of the day is Wild Youth from Ireland! Singing about being young and one of a kind, will surely make us think better about our self-esteem. A quite festival appearance is about to start in 3…2…1…..

 

“We might be different, we might be unique”

 

Wild Youth

Wild Youth is an Irish indie rock group that originated in Dublin in 2016. Its members include David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter, and Callum McAdam. They will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with their song “We Are One”. The band has previously opened for famous artists such as Niall Horan, Lewis Capaldi, and Zara Larson. Conor O’Donohoe is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of Wild Youth, while David Whelan plays the keyboard, Edward Porter is on the guitar, and Callum McAdam plays the drums. Wild Youth earned their place to represent Ireland through the Late Late Show, where they competed against several other acts, including one from Public Image Ltd.

The second rehearsal

Wild Youth’s performance appears to be a hit, with the band looking like they’re having a blast on stage. The Irish delegation should be pleased with the result. However, unlike the official video, the band isn’t wearing sequinned masks. Instead, lead singer Conor is dressed in a flashy gold catsuit with flared pants. The staging is the first of the day to feature stairs, arranged in a horseshoe shape with all the LEDs in use.

 

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

 

The entire performance is visually and sonically stunning. Pyrotechnics are also used, with large jets of flames shooting out from around the stage just before the final chorus. The use of pyrotechnics is quite impressive. It’s easy to imagine the crowd in the Liverpool Arena singing along to the uplifting chorus.

 

Chloe Hashemi / 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 “We Are one”:

 

 

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

 

 


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Eurovision 2023: Portugal’s Second Rehearsal!

Hello Portugal! Mimicat can’t wait to entertain us with her folklore song. Her Portuguese heart is about to beat, and her rhythm influences us already.

 

“Diz-me lá se és meu”

(Tell me if you are mine)

 

Mimicat

Mimicat, whose real name is Marisa Isabel Lopes Mena, is a singer and songwriter from Portugal known for her pop and soul music. She will be representing Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with her song “Ai coração”. Mimicat had previously participated in Festival da Canção 2001 under the stage name Izamena but did not make it past the semi-finals. She started singing and recording at the age of nine and gained recognition in 2014 with her debut album “For You”. This year, she is set to release a new album featuring “Ai Coração” which she co-produced with Luís Pereira. In addition to her music, Mimicat is a cat owner and her pet’s name is Brownie.

The second rehearsal

The second rehearsal is just as impressive as the first one. Mimicat’s dress, made entirely of feathers, stands out as the only one of its kind in this year’s Eurovision, with the color red being a recurring theme. The opening piano glissando gives a strong impression of the song “I Will Survive”, but this performance is pure musical theatre extravagance.

 

Chloe Hashemi / EBU

 

Compared to her Festival da Canção performance, the staging has been simplified, but the four backing dancers still bring plenty of energy. The lighting and costumes all follow the same red theme. Vocally, Mimicat sounds stunning, and the overall performance is a sophisticated and crowd-pleasing cabaret act, with the final note being particularly impressive.

 

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 “Ai coração”:

 

 

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

 

 


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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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Eurovision 2023: Malta’s Second Rehearsal!

Malta is here to continue the lineup. The busker are ready to own the stage with their dancing moves, as their party just began. The question here is only one:

 

Do you want to dance?

 

The Busker

The Busker is an indie pop band from Malta that was established in 2012. The band comprises of David “Dav.Jr” Meilak, Jean Paul Borg, and Sean Meachen, and their music style features elements of soul, pop, and funk. The band won the Lovin Music Award for the “Best Album of the Year” with their signature sound. They participated in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with their song “Dance (Our Own Party)”, which deals with social anxiety and leaving a party to be with close friends. The Busker emerged victorious in the final after qualifying from the quarter-finals and semi-finals, granting them the opportunity to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.

The second rehearsal

While watching Malta’s performance in the arena on Sunday, we did not fully grasp the intricacy of their staging. However, on camera, it becomes apparent that their act is a lively and enjoyable one, and the band executes it perfectly. The performance combines retro funk and pop elements, with a remarkable saxophone hook. The Busker has brought along various props for staging, including a four-part set featuring a party house with a Destiny cardboard cutout, a yellow park bench and a lamppost, a red car, and a tiny room with a sofa.

 

Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

 

The band members dance in between each part of the set, creating a clever visual narrative in three parts. Moreover, the act includes a costume change, as the band swaps their chunky sweaters for silver sequins during the final chorus.

 

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 “Dance (Our Own Party)”:

 

 

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

 

 


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Eurovision 2023: The Fourth 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 today, 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.

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

  • Norway 11.00 – 11.50
  • Malta 11.55 – 12.15
  • Serbia 12.20 – 12.40
  • Latvia 12.45 – 13.05
  • Portugal 13.10 – 13.30
  • Ireland 13.35 – 13.55
  • Croatia 15.00 – 15.20
  • Switzerland 15.25 – 15.45
  • Israel 15.50 – 16.10
  • Moldova 16.15 – 16.35
  • Sweden 16.40 – 17.00
  • Azerbaijan 17.05 – 17.25
  • Czechia 17.30 – 17.50
  • Netherlands 17.55 – 18.15
  • Finland 18.20 – 18.40

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!


Follow us in all our social media, so that you’ll not lose a thing of what’s happening in Liverpool:

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

Eurovision 2022: Sweden’s Second Rehearsal!

Cornelia’s turn from Sweden with her song ‘Hold Me Closer’ to enter on the Eurovision stage. Cornelia’s staging has remained the same as it was in Melodifestivalen. The same circular projection screen prop was used, plus she wore the same outfit and was barefoot on stage. Her moves and the camerawork were intuitive, making it one hell of an intimate and intense performance. Will Sweden’s betting odds approach odds’ favourite Ukraine after the second rehearsal?

The Second Rehearsal

Cornelia has some technical issues during the start of her rehearsal.

The performance starts with a close shot on Cornelia and there isn’t much lighting, except from one yellow-orange in the back. In the first chorus we see the big green prop behind her. The rehearsal stops again halfway due to technical issues.

Cornelia tries for third time, but she complains again for technical issues while she sings, she keeps on performing.

The performance is the same as the Melodifestivalen with some boost. Cornelia struggles vocally at some parts towards the end.

At the end, the prop and the backround change into red colour.

In the next run-through, Cornelia seems very annoyed. She stops again.

In the last run-through, there is pyro and smoke added. Cornelia manages to sing the whole song without problems.

Overall, great performance, qualification isn’t in question here.

Watch the exclusive clip of the second rehearsal through the cameras:

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

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Eurovision 2022: Belgium’s Second Rehearsal!

Belgium and Jeremie Makiese with his song ‘Miss You’ is the next country to rehearse for today. During his first rehearsal, Jérémie appeared on stage in a silver jacket and accompanied by four dancers. The staging featured cool dance moves and great vocals. The belgian delegation comes once again on stage, this time for their second rehearsal.

The Second Rehearsal

Jeremie’s rehearsal starts with shots on himself doing some moves. He wears a silver jacket, he looks great in the street-style clothes. In the chorus, he is accompanied by 4 dancer dressed in black. His dance moves are similar to the video clip ones. Vocally he could have been better. Not a sure qualification for Belgium.

In the third run-through he complains about sound problems.

Watch the exclusive clip of the second rehearsal through the cameras:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6EMDRhVZpE

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

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Eurovision 2022: Montenegro’s Second Rehearsal!

Next up is Montenegro with Vladana and her song ‘Breathe’. Vladana didn’t convince at the pre-parties being very weak vocally. in her first rehearsal, Vladana wears a blue dress with a particularly bright circular disc on the back. The lighting that has been chosen is really impressive, highlighting the overall appearance, while Vladana nails the song. She will try to convince with her second rehearsal that she owns a spot in the grand final.

The Second Rehearsal

Vladana’s second rehearsal starts with a rotating shot from above. She wears a blue dress and with a connected ‘satellite plate’ behind her. This plate, along with the upper part of her dress, starts to shine with lights from the second verse and on. Vladana is weak vocally, but better than the pre-parties. During the bridge, there are two silver figures in the backround. She sings the last pre chorus in Italian.

After the first run-through she complains that at some points her sound was off.

In the second run-through, the circular prop in her back and the upper part of her dress don’t turn on.

In the third run-through, the ‘satellite plate’ along with her dress turn on from the beginning of the performance.

Watch the exclusive clip of the second rehearsal through the cameras:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQSltJM0EBs&ab_channel=EurovisionSongContest

EBU / ANDRES PUTTING

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