It was the second day of second rehearsals in Rotterdam Ahoy, with the Big Five and the Netherlands joining us on stage for their first run-through.
Day 6 of Rehearsals was a ten-hour marathon on the main stage, and now every delegation has arrived in Rotterdam Ahoy you can really feel the excitement building.
Second rehearsals continued apace for those acts performing in the Semi-Finals, and it was first rehearsal today for the Big Five and the host nation the Netherlands.
Italy kicked off the Big Five rehearsals with Italy’s Maneskin singing Zitti E Buoni, which means ‘shut up and be quiet’. They did not shut up, and they were definitely not quiet. It featured Damiano in silver trousers and ALL the lighting, and got the Big Five rehearsal session off to a banging start.
Next up was Jendrik from Germany performing his song I Don’t Feel Hate. He delivered a fun and upbeat performance complete with dancers, instruments, tap dancing and a giant hand giving everyone the finger.
The Netherlands performed next, with Jeangu Macrooy making the most of his half hour on the stage to perform Birth Of A New Age. It was a powerful performance that showcase Jeangu’s vocal and dancing talents, with beautiful use of the huge graphic backdrops to bring his song to life.
Barbara Pravi from France were up next with a performance that lots of people have been excited to see. She delivered a simple and beautiful performance that captured the clarity and elegance of her song Voilà, with atmosphere delivered through beautiful use of spotlights.
After France we hopped over the Channel to the United Kingdom, with James Newman rehearsing his song Embers. It featured huge trumpets, four male dancers and an uplifting and energetic performance that kept us all going at the end of a long day.
And finally for first rehearsals, Blas Canto from Spain performed Voy A Quedarme. If the song wasn’t romantic enough already, the giant moon and backdrop of stars gave this beautiful ballad a dream-like quality.
In today’s second rehearsals, we saw a few subtle changes to camerawork, but other than a new dress for Malta’s Destiny and a pair of glasses for Benny Cristo, staging remained much the same as the first Semi-Final.
And now we’ve seen every artist perform at least once, so next week’s live shows are starting to come together. Tomorrow second rehearsal continue, with the remaining artists from the second Semi-final starting from 10:00 CEST.
Day 7 Schedule (Second Rehearsals)