Reporting for OGAE UK and Vision magazine we have Hass Yusuf (words), David Ransted (photos), and along with Robin Scott who’s helping us out, especially with any videoing. This blog will be updated throughout the day.
It’s Eurovision week! Today we’ll have a full dress rehearsal of Semi-Final 1!
But before all that let’s catch up with some of David’s pics.
The San Marino ‘bot with Jessika (right) and Jenifer Brening
From Denmark we have Rasmussen and his viking pals – don’t get in their way!
Julia Samoylova from Russia on her mountain top
DoReDos from Moldova up to no good!
Waylon and pal from the Netherlands getting very excited
It’s a windy stage for Jessica Mauboy from Australia
Here are some of the members from Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao representing Georgia with nice harmonies
Poland’s Lukas Meijer and Gromee get the old techno-beat going
Christabelle from Malta tries to break some taboos
Is anyone going to knock some sense into head-bangers AWS from Hungary?
Red is the colour for Laura Rizzotto of Latvia
Dancing off to us is Benjamin Ingrosso from Sweden
Vanja Radovanovic from Montenegro goes all Balkan on us
Lea Sirk from Slovenia seems to have grown a few extra arms!
Ukraine’s Melovin becomes a goth!
The United Kingdom’s SuRie is ready to cause a storm!
Amaia & Alfred from Spain in lurve
Portugal’s Claudia Pascoal (right) and Isaura try to do a double
Italy’s Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro sing for peace
It’s probably easy to figure out who’s who from Madame Monsieur of France
Germany’s Michael Schulte remembers walking with his dad
The first dress rehearsal has now finished. Besides the 19 songs, the acts from Spain, UK and Portugal were also recorded. SuRie was ace as usual. It’s going to be a great semi-final – and unfortunately it’ll mean some excellent songs won’t make it through as there are more than ten worthy ones that belong in the Grand Final. But such is life.