Eurovision 2016: The grand final

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And then there were five. The market has decided all but a handful of acts are rank outsiders. Behind the top tier of Russia, Australia, Ukraine, France and Sweden there’s a gap to Malta, which is the falsest position of all in the outright. I don’t think France is going to win, but I wouldn’t […]

Eurovision 2016: The second semi-final

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According to the betting market, there’s a clear-cut nine qualifiers in this semi-final. It’s headed by Ukraine, after an impressive set of rehearsals catapulted Jamala to second place in the outright market. Australia’s Dami Im raised her game for the jury rehearsal last night, and the two rightly dominate the win market for this heat.

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Eurovision 2016: The first semi-final

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Eurovision has more twists than a soap opera. Yesterday I had a deadline to write an article elsewhere, and tipped The Netherlands for a top three position in this semi-final at a value price, before Douwe Bob’s silent ten seconds fell rather flat in the jury rehearsal. It’s not a positive development, though I don’t […]

Eurovision 2016: May 8 rehearsals

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Just the second rehearsals of the automatic qualifiers today, so a much shorter article than usual. Indeed, one main point of interest – the draw to see if the Big 5 will get a first or second half draw – now takes place at the welcome ceremony this evening.

We know what we’re going to […]

Eurovision 2016: May 7 rehearsals

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Germany started proceedings with a facsimile of the national final performance, which is to say they’ve turned a haunting song into the visual equivalent of watching paint dry. The U.K. have come up with a more engaging stage of blue and purple lights, featured both in the backdrop and the plinths with the two drummers. […]

Eurovision 2016: May 6 rehearsals

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As well as a quicker tempo to the day, there are fewer new things to describe for the second rehearsals. Finland is a case in point: it’s largely the same as before, though the vocals and camera angles had tightened up – apart from her catwalk strut, where both still mildly suffer at the moment.

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Eurovision 2016: May 5 rehearsals

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Like others, Slovenia are guilty this year of not running with the concept of their song title. The backdrop is a fragmented mixture of ‘Blue and Red’ that you don’t really notice, until eyes and lips appear on pale hues for the chorus. Instead, the main talking point is a topless acrobat who joins the […]

Eurovision 2016: May 3 rehearsals

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Gabriela Guncikova got today’s rehearsals underway in bridal white, with a background of purple / blue triangles from the video. She walks forward at the start of ‘I Stand’, and keeps it simple from there on in, merely loosening her hair at the big moment, and allowing it to flutter in the wind machine. On […]