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Elnur Huseynov (Azerbaijan): “We are all different, but we should be united”

Elnur Huseynov (Azerbaijan) brings the drama with “Hour of the Wolf.”  With a beautiful backdrop, talented backup singers and dancers, and strong vocals from Elnur, many are sure that the Azerbaijan Finals streak will continue.  With Azerbaijan having their worst result last year in Copenhagen, can Elnur and company return the 2012 host country to the top five for the …

Aminata (Latvia): “My thoughts and my feelings are in this album”

Aminata (Latvia) blew the press center away with her first rehearsal of “Love Injected.”  She has a strong voice, an excellent performing persona, and a team of talented backup singers that should give way to an atmospheric performance on the Eurovision stage.  Latvia has the longest non-qualification streak of all Eurovision countries participating this year (aside from the Czech Republic).  …

Nadav Guedj (Israel): “I’m super blessed to be here. I’m only 16″”

Nadav Guedj (Israel) is looking to bring Israel back to the Grand Finale for the first time since 2010 with “Golden Boy”.  The first rehearsal was well-received in the press center.  Nadav has impressive vocals, particular in the beginning, while the backup dancers help bring a party atmosphere that will surely energize the audience in the second half of Semi-Final …

LIVE COVERAGE: Rehearsal Day 4

We’ve now seen most of the semi finalists performing, so it’s going to be very interesting to find out how the remaining ones are staged. Once again we are covering everything LIVE from the press centre at Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna. So far we’ve had a full run-through of all semi 1 participants and the first set of semi 2.  Today, …

Leonor Andrade (Portugal): “My song is a metaphor that represents the distance between two souls”

Leonor Andrade (Portugal) aims to bring Portugal back to the finals for the first time since 2010 with “Há um Mar que nos Separa”.  Rehearsals brought about mixed feelings from the press center, some who really enjoyed the song, and some who really enjoyed hating the song.  Nevertheless, no one can deny that Leonor brought her A-game with energetic enthusiasm …

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett (Norway): “If we win, we would do a parachute jump as a duo””

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett (Norway) presented their simple and elegant performance of “A Monster Like Me” during the first rehearsals.  A lot of good long close-up shots in which both artists sing directly into the camera and also to one another.  An early favorite that should continue to maintain its place in the predictions. Matt chatted with the duo about …

Marta & Václav (Czech Republic): “To sing or not to sing; To win or not to win”

Marta Jandová and Václav Noid Bárta marked the return of the Czech Republic and closed out Day 3 of rehearsals. “Hope Never Dies” is a fitting song title as many hope to see the Czech Republic in the Grand Finale for the first time, particularly given that we saw the debut of two countries last year (Montenegro and San Marino).  …

Amber (Malta): “This song fits perfect with my voice”

Amber (Malta) provided classic Eurovision with a nice performance of “Warrior.”  She proved cynics wrong by strongly improving her vocals from the Maltese National Final.  The staging is dramatic and now brings to question of who will win the battle of the warriors between Amber and Nina.  Will we see both warriors in the grand finale!? Amber gave limited interviews …

Knez (Montenegro): “I want to dedicate my performance to [my father]”

Knez (Montenegro) is a well-established artist and it shows in his first rehearsal of “Adio.”  This has classic Željko written all over it.  He and his team of backup singers have great vocals and well-polished staging.  Many are saying this may be Željko’s weakest work, but we shall see if Knez’s strong performance can keep the Željko qualification streak alive. …

Let’s get cultural! ESC United Vlog 12/5

Our second vlog of this year’s rehearsals season has been uploaded. Sean, Anselm and Maddie took a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace in the morning before making their way to the press centre to catch up on day two of the action. We also speak to some volunteers about their experiences with the press centre so far and got Uzari …

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