As well as attending the opening ceremony of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the National Parliamentary Library in Tbilisi, the podcast team also took their first trip out to the arena – needless to say things didn’t go quite as planned…
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Tbilisi, Tuesday 21st November
Ewan Spence is joined by Lisa-Jayne Lewis (ESC Insight), Brent Davidson (EscXtra), and Richard Taylor (Eurovision Ireland) for today’s coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
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Welcome to the liveblog of Day 2 in Tbilisi. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest really kicks off with rehearsals today, including Isabella Clarke from Australia up on stage for the first time! ESCDaily covers everything live for you.
In the following blog, you can find the latest JESC news from Tbilisi with the newest update appearing on top. For in-depth rehearsal coverage, check our rehearsal blog.
Times are displayed in CET. Photocredits belong to EBU (Thomas Hanses).
09:56 – Isabella’s first rehearsal
09:40 – Vocals unknown
Vocals still difficult to judge because of sound issues in the press center. But visually strong.
09:33 – Sascha Jean-Baptiste?
Belarus has styled its entry in a very dark setting with space planet backdrop. Pink spotlights and a pink cape for Helena, who stands on a small round prop while performing. Mysterious camera shots as if Sascha Jean-Baptiste has joined the Belarussian JESC team.
09:28 – Topfavorite Belarus takes stage
Belarus, a country much hinted in pre-polls, takes the stage right after Australia (thankfully this will not be the case on Sunday). The first runthrough is stopped after twenty seconds because of in-ear problems.
09:14 – Sixth runthrough for Isabella Clarke
And counting. Still different angles for every runthrough, but the opening shot stays the same.
09:01 – Australia gathering shots
The Australian delegation tries out new things every runthrough – just now, shots from below were added while Isabella walkes the catwalk. It appears as though the Aussies want to give themselves multiple options to choose from, when they go back to the viewing room.
08:55 – Recreating the video clip
In the second runthrough, Izzy’s backing vocals take the boards with them on stage, displaying the lyrics of the song (“What’s inside me, what defines me”). Just like in the videoclip.
08:51 – Meanwhile: video for Misha’s Boomerang
Check out the first Armenian rehearsal HERE.
08:49 – Isabella’s vocals not synchronized
Technical issues in the press center, making it difficult for us to judge on Isabella’s vocals today.
08:42 – There she is
The camera plan for Australia is really well thought out. Isabella starts with her back towards the audience, creating a nice angle. In the rest of the performance, focus is on the play between her & her backing vocals.
08:31 – Isabella delayed
Armenias rehearsal lasted longer than planned, so we’re still waiting for Izzy to come on stage.
08:27 – One more time with pyro
The last runthrough, Misha from Armenia uses fog cannons in the final chorus. Still some slight issues to be worked out with that one though.
08:23 – Don’t touch my tree (Video)
Check out Albania’s first rehearsal video HERE.
08:16 – Misha getting comfortable
During the third runthrough, Misha seems more comfortable on his hoverboard while singing at the same time.
08:05 – Boomerang comes back
Two minutes into the song, Misha ditches the hoverboard, but – as the lyrics of the song say – the boomerang will come back. At the end of the performance he holds it in his hand.
07:53 – Boomerang hoverboard
What would JESC be without hoverboards on stage? We had two acts driving those bad boys last year, and this year Misha takes a boomerang shaped board with him. He’s alone on stage, with a lot of fog surrounding him. Vocally not yet convincing in first runthrough.
07:50 – Preparations?
There is no live feed in the press center yet, Armenia’s timer is running for 10 minutes. Question is, are we running late or does Misha need some extra preparation time?
07:40 – Armenia next up
Colleague Ani Shahoyan is getting nervous for the next rehearsal: Armenia. Misha is one of only four acts with boys. There are no male-female duets this year.
07:29 – How we picked up our accreditations
07:23 – Less close-ups
Throughout the runthroughs, Albania is slowly switching from close-ups to more wide-shots. Ana is handling the close-ups better as we proceed, smiling more.
07:09 – Rehearsals not in running order
The rehearsals today are in alphabetical order, which means Isabella Clarke will be up as nr. 3 for Australia. In the running order, however, she took a marvellous fifteenth place.
07:03 – Tree in the backdrop
Ana is on stage now, alone, and there is a big tree in the backdrop to portray the meaning of the song. Vocals alright during first runthrough, Ana cringes during some of the close-ups.
06:56 – Starting well in time
Albania will rehearse at 10:00 o’clock and even though singer Ana Kodra is not on stage yet, we hear the music starting to play already minutes before.
In this article you can find in-depth analysis of the rehearsals of the second day of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, from Albania to Ireland. If you want live updates of everything going on at the press center, please follow our Live-Blog with all the other news as well!
Right on the second day of Junior Eurovision the first rehearsals kick off. Eight courtiers take the stage of Olympic palace in Tbilisi. The countries sing on alphabetical order and not according to the running order. Press is not allowed in the Arena until Thursday, but we will provide you with the official footage from the EBU + our commentary.
Ana Kodra wears a long light blue dress. She stands alone on the stage and brings the song in a quite emotional way. Her vocals are good although she struggles a bit with the high notes. A tree is featured in the backdrops as she sings about saving the trees and the environment.
Misha is alone on the stage in a black fancy suit. He stands on boomerang shaped hoverboard full of energy spreading the boomerang of kindness all over the stage. With his song “Boomerang”, Misha tries to deliver his message to the world that all the acts of kindness come back like boomerang . From the middle of his song he throws his boomerand and in the end he gets it back in his hands with which he tries to prove that he gets back his piece of kindness.
Isabella Clarke along with her three backing vocalist bring a cheerful mood on the stage. She is in a silver outfit and the backdrops are colorful. Camera angels are different for each of the runthrough, however the beginning has been always the same – Isabella stands with her back to the audience looking at the camera. Backing vocalist also bring the boards with the lyrics on them.
As Junior Eurovision week gets under way, it’s time to run this year’s edition of Juke Box Jury over the next three nights. Just to note, we’ve recorded al of these ahead of the first rehearsals to give everyone a fair chance of finding their Hit, a Miss, or Maybe.
Eurovision Insight Podcast: Junior Juke Box Jury #1 with Lisa-Jayne Lewis and Brent Davidson
Portugal: YouTuber, by Mariana Venâncio.
Russia: Wings, by Polina Bogusevich.
Albania: Mos ma prekni pemën, by Ana Kodra.
Ukraine: Don’t Stop, by Anastasiya Baginska.
Netherlands: Love Me, by Fource.
Australia: Speak Up, by Isabella Clarke.
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Australia will have the 15th starting position in the Junior Eurovision show on Sunday. This is the result of the running order draw tonight in Tbilisi. Italy closes the show, while Cyprus opens.
Check out the full draw:
The draw to determine which songs will be performed first and last in the show, and the starting position for the host country took place during the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
In a rather complicated procedure, Georgia first drew its starting position. Grigol expressed his eagerness to perform last, then took out a number he thought was 6 – but the presenter corrected him and showed it was in fact number 9. Grigol sighed in relief: “At least that’s better than 6”.
Australia takes an empty box
The other countries came to the front one by one to draw a box. Out of 15 boxes, 13 were empty. The other two contained either position 1 or position 16. Cyprus took the starting slot, Isabella from Australia took an empty box, and Maria from Italy took the closing slot.
As is customary, the producers of the show decided the rest of the running order for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in order to showcase the different styles of music.