1st Semi-Final: First Dress Rehearsal Review


Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)



The show starts with a short video where traditionsl Ukrainian costumes. Actually, I’d like to note that Ukrainian folklore costume designs are being used by different international brands within their last trends.

Then a rap guy whose name I don’t know and actually… Next!


1. Sweden – Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On

One of 2017 favorites opens the show and thanks to this, everything begins to flow. Great show, staging (nothing new from what we know) so yes, a perfectly Swedish built eurovision song that you can like or not, but it’s good production, good voice, good staging and choreography.

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

2. Georgia – Tamara Gachechiladze – Keep The Faith

I can’t help it. I love this song. It’s hard for me to be objective about this entry. Broadway kind of balld, classy, elegant, vocally strong. Some video shots were probably wrong by the end of song. Oh! Her make up needs to be improved! Big applause in the press center.

3. Australia – Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy

It’s a pity when you find musically well composed and produced songs performed by good singers with a simple but effective staging and for some reason, they sound weak. Nothing to say about the quality of Australian entry, it will all depend about Europe’s taste.


4. Albania – Lindita – World

She feels uncorfortable. She shows that somethings wrong with her in-ear monitor. Also, the white veil that covers her hair seems to bother her in the beginning. Entonation a bit unstable in the end. I think it’s a great song but the final result it’s not solid.


5. Belgium – Blanche – City Lights

This a beautiful chilly song but only for listening. On the radio, in your car, in a chill-out, dancing psychodelically… But live on TV doesn’t work at all. Bad chosen dress and unfortunately her vocals are uncontrolled. It may be a fail.


6. Montenegro – Slavko Kalezic – Space

90’s like song with a positively long braid. I really don’t know what to say. It reminds me my young days in a club, very late at night, after many long drinks… Bad… too bad…. xD


7. Finland – Norma John – Blackbird

I always try to keep it serious but after a few songs the acidness comes out. Well, I’ll try to keep serious for a bit. Pretty big applause at the press center but well, this entry bores me a bit. I don’t say it’s bad but…

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

8. Azerbaijan – Dihaj – Skeletons

Risky staging and I like risk. Great back vocals. Note: we are missing the make up already in a few countries. Dihaj’s voice in some parts of the chorus

9. Portugal – Salvador Sobral – Amar pelos dois

It’s my favorite. Salvador, his song, the lyrics touch my soul. Nothing more to add.


10. Greece – Demy – This is love

I don’t like dance songs in Eurovision. I just love a couple of things in this performance but I won’t tell. Next one please!

11. Poland – Kasia Mos – Flashlight

Kasia is sweet, she’s been super nice with us here in Kyiv and we love eachother. This kindness contrasts with her strong vocals and character on stage. She’s getting huge and huge every rehearsal. Applause for her at the press center.

12. Moldova – Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma

Oh, yes, please! Something different, funny without being offensive. Let’s move guys! Are you getting married? Get some outfit ideas from their staging! Like it.

13. Iceland – Svala – Paper

I mean, the song is good. But when I watch it on screen I’m not sure if I like it or not. A white superwoman crossing Windows screensavers directly to another galaxy doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea. Let’s wait and see.

14. Czechia – Martina Bárta – My Turn

Walking down by the streets of Brooklyn, sitting at a café, raining outside waiting for our date. What happens next we don’t know 😉 It’s like you’ve heard this song before.

15. Cyprus – Hovig – Gravity

Our dearest Hovig started with a bad entonation. He’s been sharp many times and this is due to an excess for breath pressure while singing. I really like the song but this hasn’t been his best rehearsal.

16. Armenia – Artsvik – Fly with me

Well what can I say. This is a strongly solid performance. It’s a very well mix between a good song and a great TV show and this is what Eurovision is about (normally). Pretty big applause here. I really try to be objetive and Fly with me is one of the best entries of the Semi-Final, if not the best.

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)


17. Slovenia – Omar Naber – On My Way

I didn’t like the song in the beginning. After knowing the story behind “On my way”, talking about it with Omar and paying attention to the lyrics, now I can feel it different. I like it but it’s true that it may be difficult to make it into the Final.

18. Latvia – Triana Park – Line

As I said before, I like risk but well, mmm… The thing is here in Kiev people started to appreciate this song because of its staging and live performance. Anyway, I don’t like dance songs.

After all Semi-Finalists, the  BIG 5 voting countries of this Semi-Final went onto the stage.

Spain – Manel Navarro – Do it for your lover

Staging improved but vocals are getting almost cracky in the end. I like the song but sounds pretty average.

United Kingdom – Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You

This is one of the entries that its staging has given a boost of strength and it got one of the biggest applauses here. Well done!

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Italy – Francesco Gabbani – Occidentali’s Karma

Yes, we all know: the favourite. It may win but I don’t feel the same thing when I see it now than when I watched it on the videoclip. I’m starting to be tired of this song. He’s been pretty histrionic and I definitely dislike the “scimmia nuda”. But after all it’s a strong entry.



The best performances for me are Sweden, Armenia and Azerbaijan. I include Portugal for the beautiful music. Moldova and Poland have high chances. Czechia and Georgia can possibly make if the juries give them high scores. On the other hand, I’m sure that there will be a big surprise and the big fail can be whether Australia or Belgium.

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Eurovision, Featured, News, Opinion, Special, Video|08.05.2017 10:51 pm