LIVE: Junior Eurovision rehearsals – Day 3
by Andy Smith · November 17, 2016
Good morning from Malta!
Day three of rehearsals is due to start in 25 minutes time. Join us throughout the day as we take a look at the second rehearsals of Poland, Malta, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Israel, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Ireland and Italy!
We’ll be covering the event throughout the day, so be sure to keep an eye on this page for our LIVE updates!
…and we’re off! Olivia from Poland has just made her way to stage. There’s currently no sound on the screens in the press centre, but hopefully we’ll hear something soon.
We have sound! Olivia is wearing the same feathery dress that we saw on Tuesday, and is alone on stage with a mixture of pinks, blues and purples on the background LED screens.
I think they’re still trying a few things with the camera shots, but there’s the usual sweeps and close-up’s on Olivia singing the ‘big’ notes towards the end of the song. A good first run-through, and her vocals are very strong.
Olivia has just finished another run-through of her song. Once again, her vocals were very good. The background works well with the song. It starts off quite dark with little stars, and as the song progresses we also see a heart and multi-coloured ribbons dashing around. The ribbons are quite similar to the official logo, so work well together.
Christina from Malta is now on stage for the next batch of rehearsals. From the start, the vocals are as good as the studio version. She’s currently alone on stage with a very bright and colourful background.
Towards the end of the song, there’s a few bursts of CO2, and it all looked and sounded very good. Christina might need to work with the team a little bit to make sure she’s facing the correct camera, as this really only seemed to be the only flaw at the beginning of the performance.
We’re now onto the second run-through and a couple of new camera angles have been tried. Christina looks very confident on the stage and moves around the area with a variety of hand gestures. With it being such a lively song, it may look slightly better if she moved around a touch more, as it almost seems that she is stuck on one spot at times. Very good though. The Maltese crowd will love this!
Much like Poland, Malta are using colours and themes of the Junior Eurovision logo on the LED floor, and it all looks very bright and vibrant.
The final of Malta’s rehearsals today has just concluded. Everything seems fairly consistent with her movements and vocals, with just a few different camera shots being trialed. We’re running slightly behind with the alotted time-slots, but shortly we’ll be continuing with FYR Macedonia.
Martija from F.Y.R. Macedonia has just taken to the stage for her first rehearsal of the day. She’s joined by three backing dancers, and the backdrop is incredibly pink! There’s purple, white and black diagonal lines on screen, with a nice heart in the centre.
The staging is quite energetic, with the girls running around the stage in points, and Martija’s vocals are excellent. It’s hard to tell the difference between this and the official music video.
We’re into the second run-through, and this looks very good. The girls are making good use of the available space with Martija up-front and sounding powerful with her vocals.
I’m going to attempt to make my way into the auditorium to catch the next rehearsal, and will continue with the live blog shortly!
I’m back! Wow! PBS/EBU have done an amazing job at fitting everything into the main theatre. I’ve just been to catch the final run-through of FYR Macedonia and the first run-through of Israel. The view from everywhere should be very good if you’re coming to the show on Sunday. It looks fantastic!
As for the Israeli performance – the song starts off with Tim on the smaller stage for his solo part of the song, then Shir joins him mid-stage for the second section and the duet. The two of them seem to work very well together, and I’d say that it possibly sounds even better than the studio version.
Sorry for the slight delay in updates. We’ve just popped over to check out Olivia from Poland’s press conference. We’ll be juggling things around quite a bit today, in order to try and get you as much live coverage as possible. We’re back in the press centre now, and there’s a short break until 1pm when the next rehearsals begin.
Ok, we’re back from the short lunch break. Martija from FYR Macedonia has just completed her press conference, and Kisses from the Netherlands have just finished the first run-through of their song.
Kisses are back for their second run-through. The outfits are different to the ones they wore on Tuesday, although they are just as bright and in-your-face, which works perfectly with the song!
On the screens there’s lots of bright purple and yellow lights and a variety of pink lipstick marks. The girls look like they’re having a great time on the stage! The whole performance is very colourful and energetic!
We’re off again, and I can now see that the costumes are almost comic-strip like. The girls work well together with the dance moves in synch, and each of them step forward for their part of the song. It’s still as catchy as ever!
I’ll be back shortly. I’m just going to pop into the auditorium to check it out live!
Ok, we’re back with more rehearsals. Next to take the stage is George from Cyprus. It’s another lively one!
The performance starts of moody with the drummers in darkness and George with his hood up. When the beat kicks in there’s orange in the background, and lots of moving dots of light. George is moving around the stage and using all areas.
The world is definitely his dance floor and himself and the drummers make the performance look exciting. Towards the end there’s visuals of flames, jets of CO2 and an effect that looks like rain in front of him.
George is back on the stage for another rehearsal and the choreography looks really good. He looks really confident on stage and works well with the dancers. Originally I couldn’t see how this would work at the contest, but it’s visually very impressive.
That’s it for Cyprus’ rehearsals today. Next to the stage will be Zena from Ireland!
The opening shot looks good for Ireland, with a circling close up of Zena. The background is full of light blue clouds and small floating hearts. It’s a little difficult to hear that well in the press centre, but even so the vocals do sound very good.
Zena does seem to blend into the background a little too much in her outfit, so maybe the team may look into that to save there being any issues.
I’m off to pop into the hall again. More updates soon!
Ireland’s rehearsal sounded superb in the auditorium just then. They now appeared to have added some jets at the end of the performance, so it will be interesting to see if they keep these in the final run-through.
Straight out of the press conference with Kisses from The Netherlands, we’re now back to some rehearsals. Fiamma from Italy is next to rehearse on the stage. We just had a short clip of her song, but now the delegation are sorting out a few things.
We’re back with Italy. The performance starts with the name of the song handwritten on the backdrop, and Fiamma is performing alone in front of a blue background. As the song builds, the stage bursts into life with lots of colour.
Some classic Eurovision with a wind machine too! Fiamma’s vocals are very good and the change into the English part is seamless. She looked a little bit nervous, but that actually quite adds to the intimacy of the song.
That’s pretty much it for today’s rehearsals. Italy are just finishing up, and there’s a couple more press conferences to take place. Everyone has been good, and I’d still say that there’s no stand out winner, which will keep things entertaining and exciting on Sunday afternoon!