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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:00

Eurovision 2013: Direct Finalists Rehearse - LIVE

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Good Morning! First of all, the editorial team would like to congratulate those countries which made it through the semi-final portion of the competition whilst showing solidarety with those who fell at the first hurdle this time round. Today, a brand new day but remarkably busy noting that this morning, all of the countries which had been directly qualified into the final; Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom will be having their second rehearsal, most likely with stage outfits. Later on this evening, two dress rehearsals, the first one will be a general run through of the show to see that it is coming across together well and the second one which will be used for the jury to award their points. Remember that Malta is competing in the second semi-final. in collaboration with Eurovision Ireland, escXtra and Radio International are bringing you all of the latest from the rehearsals. thanks to Juergen Boernig, the Head of Press is currently also processing a couple of video interviews with artists who will be representing their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. As a matter of fact, stay tuned on our YouTube Page for all of the latest. In the meantime, you may also have a look at our photo gallery whilst staying up to date through both our pages on Facebook and Twitter. Coverage of the second semi-final tomorrow eveing will be led by Antoine Farrugia, Senior Editor for escflashmalta alongside special guests; Davinia Pace who was the second runner-up at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and Christabelle, a four time consecutive winner of the Best Solo Artist at the Bay Music Awards. We are committed to bringing you all of the latest news as the day unfolds so make sure to continue visiting as Gianluca takes to the stage with Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat

Spain (First Half)

A man playing the bagpipes on the edge of the catwalk is seen in the beginning of the performance as he walks back on the main stage where the rest of the group find themselves ready to perform. The staging is relatively dark in the beginning but nevertheless is lightened up as the song develops. Raquel looks stunning in a flowing white dress. An extremely warm audience for the rehearsal this morning as they keep on clapping throughout the chorus. There is nothing wrong with this performance and I have the feeling that Spain will not be lighting up the scoreboard but won't finish at the bottom of it either.

France (First Half)

Think Great Gatsby! Amandine clad in a frilly 1920's ensemble draped in leather is joined on stage on stage by three female backing vocalists to give it more sass. The backdrop for this one is very slick and keeping line to the presentation although would have loved to see her moving round a bit rather than treating the microphone like a pole dancer. Mid-way through the song, it's like watching the Glennis Grace arm moves but angrier. The vocals actually sound really good and I have no clue why people have been commenting negatively. Stunning work from France but this will not light up the scoreboard either.

Germany (First Half)

The visuals for this years' Eurovision Song Contest are incredible and Germany decide to let the spotlight shine on Nathalie Horler considering that they have gone for a generic backdrop. The rewowned female star starts her performance on top of a flight on steps as she is clad in a sparkling salmon dress with a frill at the back. This looks great with the wind machine. She is joined on stage by two female backing vocalists. Mid-way through the performance, she decides to walk down the steps and this might harm the vocals if not done properly. She sounds fine but am sure she could do it better. At the end of the performance she just struts her prowess on the catwalk. We have pyrotechnics and whilst this might not have been the best rehearsal, Germany might still cause the upset.

Sweden (#16 in Final)

Robin Stjernberg for the host nation with a track that was first put into the second chance stage of the national selection but thanks to the international jury, it was the final pick. Robin is wearing a white/grey outfit for the performance and is joined on stage by six dancers, some of which also carry out backing vocals. The song in itself is a mixture of pop/dance. The shots are translating well on screen and this choreography does seem to be working. The diction is perfect and the vocals are well on tune this afternoon. This is a positive rehearsal for Sweden and whilst I cannot see them winning once more, this is surely heading for the top ten!

United Kingdom (Second Half)

The stage is lit in different shades of red and orange and sees to several people on stage including a five piece band; guitarists, keyboards and drums. The legendary Bonnie is wearing black trousers, and a black shirt with tassles. This is somewhat a static performance especially until the mid-part of the song when she decides to take the microphone off the stand and starts to walk towards the band and ways with the music. She is literally singing to the cameras before she takes on the stage in full capacity and walks on the catwalk during the second chorus and bridge. In high heels, Bonnie walks to the tip of the catwalk where a platform takes her up, elevating her where a wind machine kicks a full effect. The vocals were warm and the United Kingdom should be proud of this performance.

Italy (Second Half)

RAI, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Italy is definitely trying to keep the setup similar to the one used in the Sanremo competition but nevertheless, the stage there was more occupied with the orchestra rather than the performer. Marco is taking to the stage alone and he is wearing casual clothing for the performance today, rather than a suit as is expected. His vocals are brilliant as always and it seems that he is playing around with the notes ever so slightly. Prior to the final chorus, he skips onto the catwalk (literally). This is coming across beautifully on screen and Italy are sailing into the top five.

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