22
November
2017

Tbilisi 2017: “Australia and Belarus are the winners of day 2”

Tbilisi 2017: “Australia and Belarus are the winners of day 2”

Belarus and Australia gave the strongest performances on Day 2 at Junior Eurovision in Tbilisi. Thus concludes a panel of Eurovision experts, including ESCDaily’s chief editor Steef van Gorkum.

“It was almost of adult quality, the first couple of shots looked as if Sascha Jean-Baptiste had directed them,” Van Gorkum says, and Ewan Spence from ESCInsight agrees. “Belarus could have just turned up for the liveshow on Sunday, without rehearsing, and still would have been great.”

Australia experimenting

While Belarus gave the same performances runthrough after runthrough, Isabella Clarke from Australia was still experimenting and trying out different camera angles. “They’ve now got many pieces of the jigsaw puzzle,” Lisa Jayne-Lewis points out. “And it’ll just be a matter of putting them together in the viewing room.

Jayne-Lewis particularly likes the shots on the catwalk towards the end. “It’s as if the audience looks up to her,” she states. Van Gorkum prefers the opening shot. “It’s classic Melodifestivalen, you see her, you see the audience right behind her, it looks great.”

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22
November
2017

Live: Russia tinkers with beautiful theatrical concept

Live: Russia tinkers with beautiful theatrical concept

Welcome to the liveblog of Day 3 in Tbilisi. After today, we will have seen all countries on stage for the first time! ESCDaily covers this rehearsal day live for you from the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi.

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).

12:12 – Irina singing the Russian song

A very cute moment between runthroughs: Irina does not realize that her microphone is still on, and she starts singing the Russian song for the whole press center to hear!

12:00 – Serbian duet plays instruments

It does not yet look very natural though. I can understand the delegation wanting to do something to break up the show, but I’m not sure this is the way.

11:43 – More props

Serbia is preparing to go up on stage, and they will bring instruments with them, it seems.

11:27 – Russia picking up the pieces

In the third runthrough we see the backdrop change to a city skyline during the first chorus, then back to a living room for the second verse, and at the end there is a family picture projected of two parents with a baby.

One of the interpretive dancers also holds this family picture in her hand, and keeps it close to her while Polina walks up the catwalk.

11:20 – Video for Portugal

Check out Mariana’s first rehearsal with “Youtuber” HERE!

11:12 – Props

It’s not just the backdrop which portrays a living room – there’s props, too. A sofa, a closet, a chair and a lamp on stage. Camera angles still messy, vocals sloppy. Much like last year, Russia has a good concept but a lot of work to do to get it right.

11:06 – Messy start for Russia

The backdrop portrays a living room, much like in the beautiful videoclip, and there are interpretive dancers on stage. However, both cameras and sound are not working properly just yet and Russia decides to stop the runthrough halfway.

10:40 – We’re interviewing Gianluca from Malta

Check it out later today on ESCDaily!

10:16 – Lunch break

Four countries to go: Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Netherlands. After that, we will have heard all 16.

10:04 – Polish rehearsal online

09:49 – Simple concepts for Portugal

Much like her predecessor from Poland, Mariana from Portugal does the same performance every runthrough. Many close-up shots as she smiles to the camera. She gives some flavor to a rather flat song.

09:37 – Is this the winner of JESC 2017?

09:28 – Colourful backdrop for Portugal

Rainbow colours in the Portuguese backdrop, while Mariana plays with the camera. She’s alone on stage, not in her official outfit yet.

09:21 – Poland going through the motions

Poland knows what they want to do, and they just repeat it each runthrough again and again. It looks solid and sounds strong.

09:12 – Italy: Maria Iside Fiore’s first rehearsal

Check out the video HERE.

08:53 – Poland uses an arc of trees

The Polish backdrop displays two trees who together form an arc. Alicja relies on her vocals for this traditional ballad, and she indeed sounds good during the first runthrough.

08:46 – Alicja alone on stage

No backing singers. Dress is long and light pink/white, difficult to judge with the lighting.

08:22 – Top speed camerawork for Malta

The camera is spinning round very fast, changing shots quickly, shifting between audience and stage. Malta even tried out a shot where Gianluca is “throwing the camera away”, but it did not work out, and they removed it after one runthrough. We’re definitely looking at work in progress, but that is what rehearsals are for.

08:11 – Free SIM-cards

While the press receives free SIM-cards from the Georgian sponsor, Gianluca continues performing his act. The Maltese delegation takes its time between runthroughs to work on camera angles. In the opening 20 seconds, Gianluca now walks with his dancers from the catwalk to the main stage (instead of vice versa).

08:03 – White and orange

The main colours for Malta are white (clothes & backdrop during the first 20 seconds) and orange (bow-ties and backdrop during the rest of the song).

07:58 – Powerful act

We see Gianluca perform for the first time and it’s already quite impressive. Five backing dancers in white shirt/checked skirt-uniforms accompany him. There’s a lot of dancing going on. In the bridge, Gianluca shouts the chorus through a megaphone. Camerawork is not perfect yet, but you can see that this is going to be good.

07:52 – Sound tests for Malta

Another possible contender for the trophy is preparing for his first rehearsal: Gianluca from Malta. We hear him singing the chorus of the song however music nor act has started yet.

07:35 – First pictures of the day

07:29 – Big Maria on the backdrop

Towards the end, Maria herself is projected on the backdrop. Vocals have not improved so far.

07:22 – Yesterday: Isabella impressed

Isabella Clarke gave one of the strongest performances of yesterday. Or at least, that’s what a panel of Eurovision experts concludes on ESCDaily. Belarus was the other winner of the day.

07:14 – Shaky start for Italy

To a colourful orange and green backdrop, much similar to previous Italian entries, Maria gives a shaky first performance. Vocals sound a bit hoarse – although this could be due to early morning syndrom. However, she also looks quite uncomfortable with the cameras as she walks down the catwalk at the end of the song.

07:05 – Italy kicks off after in-ear problems

After some initial problems with Maria’s in-ear microphones, Italy starts their rehearsal.

06:56 – Welcome to the blog

Our team has set up in the press center, eagerly awaiting Italy’s rehearsal.

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21
November
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Junior Juke Box Jury #2

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Junior Juke Box Jury #2
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20171121_512_JJBJ2017_2/escinsight_20171121_512_JJBJ2017_2.mp3

Time for our second round of Junior Juke Box Jury as we hand out the hits, the misses and the maybes to five more performers who will be tkaing to the stage in Tbilisi’s Olympic Palace on Sunday 26th November.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Junior Juke Box Jury #2
with Lisa-Jayne Lewis and Richard Taylor

Macedonia: Dancing Through Life, by Mina Blažev.
Georgia: Voice Of The Heart, by Grigol Kipshidze.
Poland: Mój Dom, by Alicja Rega.
Serbia: Ceo svet je naš, by Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović.
Belarus: I Am The One, by Helena Meraai.

Don’t miss an episode of the Eurovision Insight podcast by subscribing to the RSS feed dedicated to the podcasts. iTunes users can find us in the iTunes Store and get the show automatically downloaded to your computer.

http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20171121_512_JJBJ2017_2/escinsight_20171121_512_JJBJ2017_2.mp3

Categories: ESC Insight

21
November
2017

Live: Ireland closes the day after impressive rehearsal morning

Live: Ireland closes the day after impressive rehearsal morning

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).

14:41 – End of the liveblog

Thanks for following us this morning. Stay tuned to ESCDaily.com for more videos and updates throughout the evening!

14:22 Last video for today online

14:02 – Video for Georgia online

Check out Grigol’s first rehearsal HERE.

13:50 – Australia and Belarus mentioned by everyone

While many people at the press center have different favorites, Australia and Belarus are the two names that seem to come back everytime.

13:46 – End of rehearsals

Ireland is done, we’re just waiting for EBU-videos now.

13:28 – Double sound

We are now getting both the synchronized and the non-synchronized sound in the press center – so we hear everything double. Be sure to check EBU’s official rehearsal videos to check for yourself how everyone sounded today… Our apologies for the inconvenience.

13:20 – Turquoise

The backdrop’s main colour is turquoise greenish. Muireann is not wearing her official outfit yet – she’s dressed in a plain black t-shirt. Later runthroughs are slightly better, vocally. Over-all we’ve not heard any real off-key performances today.

13:12 – Planning to pack up

It may still be early in CET timezone, but in Georgia it is already after 4PM. Ireland is the last country to rehearse, and because there are no press conferences today, the day will finish early for us. We plan to pack our things, go back to the hotel and work on some more videos for you.

13:07 – Ireland goes for Paradise Oskar style

Muireann is – again – alone on stage, playing the guitar. It fits this performance. Ireland goes for the atmosphere of Paradise Oskar, although there is no globe in the backdrop (but green stars instead). Vocals are somewhat shaky still, especially in the lower areas.

13:04 – Video for Macedonia online

Check out Mina Blazev’s first rehearsal HERE.

12:56 – Traditional camerawork for Georgia

Georgia hits all the clichées for a ballad like this (but they’re a cliché for a reason). Long, slow pans and zoom in shots from the audience towards Grigol. There’s even a part shot in black & white.

12:49 – Disappointing afternoon

In the morning, a couple of strong performances, however now in the afternoon the quality is slightly dropping. Ireland will have the last chance today to make that change.

12:44 – And there is video: Cyprus

Check out the opening act for Sunday:

12:40 – Strong vocals from Georgia’s Grigol

One of the stronger vocalists of today is Grigol from Georgia. He makes something out of nothing, together with the four backing singers, giving the performance a strong black gospel vibe.

12:25 – Waiting for materials

Press is not allowed into the arena yet. So altogether all we can do is watch the limited rehearsal footage and write our commentary, while relying on EBU footage for visual materials. However, team EBU has not released anything since the lunch break.

12:11 – No press conferences

Just to remind you one more time: There are NO press conferences today, nor tomorrow. All delegations give only one press conference, which will be on Thursday or Friday.

12:02 – Projected backing dancers

The backdrop displays backing dancers during the choruses, but there are no “real” people on stage.

11:48 – Mina a true professional

She comes across very adult in her behavior both during and in between rehearsals. She has no trouble finding the camera.

11:36 – FYR Macedonia mixes dubstep with dance

Mina is wearing a thin white raincoat on the stage. She’s alone, playing with the camera, and the dizzy camera work in the chorus is nice. But dancers could have been a nice addition.

11:15 – Nicole the butterfly

Nicole goes with the second runthrough of her rehearsal. She has her three dancers with her on the stage. From the middle of her song some butterfly wings apper on the screen right behind where she is standing and this gives the impression that she owns the wings.

11:03 –Lunch break over!

Right after the lunch break Cyprus starts her first runthrough of her rehearsal.

10:40 – Helena’s First rehearsal

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.

08:09 – No press conferences

Only rehearsals today and tomorrow. Press conferences are scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

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.

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21
November
2017

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Tbilisi, Tuesday 21st November

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Daily News From Tbilisi, Tuesday 21st November
http://archive.org/download/escinsight_20171121_511_JESC2017Tuesday/escinsight_20171121_511_JESC2017Tuesday.mp3

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.

Remember to stay up to date with all the Junior Eurovision news by subscribing to the ESC Insight podcast for our daily podcasts. You’ll find the show in iTunes, and a direct RSS feed is also available. We also have a regular email newsletter which you can sign up to here.

Categories: ESC Insight

21
November
2017

Live: Strong visual showing for top favorite Belarus

Live: Strong visual showing for top favorite Belarus

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.

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