UK, Germany and France drive by

The UK entry this year, Even If by Andy Abraham, presented his song on a colourful stage this afternoon! The experienced Brit had no visible problems to perform his bouncy song. Just like in yesterday's rehearsal, he seemed to feel extremely comfortable and he's probably the only performer this year who gets a big camera shot of his shoes this year! Andy will be wearing a blue suit with some silver elements in the final next Sunday, and his backing group will be fully in black with the guys wearing a white tie. At one part of the song, Andy Abraham joins his backings at the back part of the stage. After some bad placings for the UK team in recent years, there is much reason to believe that this year, the British will do much better! Even If will also feature big amounts of pyrotechnics on stage which looked spectacular on screen! At the press conference, the UK delegation seemed to be very pleased about the way how their rehearsal went - and they can really rely on Andy Abraham's excellent voice!

Germany was next on stage today at the Belgrade Arena: the famous German quartet No Angels did their second rehearsal in just two days before the upcoming dress rehearsals for the final. It was clear that the experienced German women feel comfortable on the big stage singing their song Disappear, and they seemed like they enjoyed the rehearsal. One thing was a little different from yesterday's performance, though: one of the girls were missing and replaced by a stand-in. Like yesterday the girls wore their final outfits for the final, and at the last take the pyrotechnics and smoke on stage were tried out. The large LED screen in the background has multiple colours and during most of the performance, the LED screen shows feathers fluttering around in the air. In their press conference, the German head of delegation, Manfred Witt, explained that one of the No Angels, Jessica, was suffering from a viral illness and couldn't attend the rehearsal today. The three present No Angels explained that their rehearsal today was almost perfect and that they were very pleased about the way it went. They ended the press conference by singing one of their their biggest hits Still In Love With You

The eccentric entry from France - Divine by Sébastien Tellier - has one of the most interesting settings this tear. Sébastien arrives on stage driving a golf buggy and presents his sung with the image of a black sun on the LED projections. Apart from the black sun on the projections, the dominant colours used during the French song are mainly green and orange. He is getting excellent help from his 5 backing singers - four female and one male - who help to lift the song. As the song is totally different from any other of the participating songs this year, it might attract lots of votes! It is definitely an unusual song for a Eurovision Song Contest stage - but then again the Finnish winners Lordi from two years ago had a unique stage presentation as well! It is the first French song ever though in the history of the song contest that is predominantly sung in English and not in French - something which made the headlines of all French newspapers some weeks ago! At the press conference after the rehearsal, Sébastien Tellier told the fans and accredited press that he will complete a world-wide tour after the Eurovision Song Contest, and that he thereafter will start considerations regarding a new album. A journalist asked whether there is a theme associated with Divine, since many all of his prior albums have had some kind of theme. To this, Sébastien replied that this single is about sex, sexuality and love. Despite singing a bit himself, Sébastien's backing singers performed Divine in front of the enthusiastic people in the Press Centre.


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