Song festival update: Presenters skip rehearsals and S10 is the eleventh to perform | NOW

The starting positions of all participating countries are known and in that order they did the first rehearsal of the Eurovision final today. S10 is eleventh on the podium, after Spain and before Ukraine. The singer was in good voice, while the work of the presenters still leaves something to be desired. My name is Lara Zevenberg and I’ll update you on the day before the final.

Starting positions are always the subject of discussion during the Eurovision Song Contest. There is already a reaction at the first draw: most winners come from the second half, so you actually want to sit there. In that sense, S10 is unlucky, because she is in the first half. We hear the singer as eleventh. Duncan Laurence won while singing in twelfth place, so anything can still happen. One thing is for sure: for S10 it is nice that Romania, not her, has starting position two, because nobody has won in that place in the past 66 years.

S10 sounded good during the first rehearsal. Although she performs between two favorites, the singer stays with you: Chanel brings the danceable SloMo and Kalush Orchestra Stefaniaallowing for a good variety of what comes before and after S10.

Serbia rises after last night at the bookmakers and that means that the Netherlands drops a spot in the ranking for the first time in weeks. S10 is now in tenth place, below Norway. But after today’s rehearsal and the jury show tonight, anything can happen.

Tonight is an important moment for S10: then the professional juries of all countries hand out the points. That means that her fate is already half decided tonight around 11:30 pm. Tomorrow viewers are allowed to vote and in the end all those points are added together.

The top three and the place in the Netherlands according to the bookmakers

  • Ukraine – Kalush Orchestra – Stefania
  • 2. United Kingdom – Sam Ryder – Space Man
  • 3. Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs – Hold me Closer
  • 10. Netherlands – S10 – The Depth

The final starts on Saturday with Give Peace a Chance van John Lennon en Yoko Ono. It had already been announced in advance that peace would become an important theme during the Eurovision Song Contest because of the war in Ukraine, but apart from the medley by Mika and Laura Pausini, that was not yet very clear during the semifinals.

Pausini was not there at the start of the rehearsals. Presenter Alessandro Cattelan told the press that the singer and presenter is doing well, but that she had to take some rest. Mika was there, but left before the rehearsal had really started. Someone from the production had to fill in for much of the rehearsal for him. It shows how this year goes: Jan Smit, Edsilia Rombley, Nikkie de Jager and Chantal Janzen did all the rehearsals themselves.

And it is almost unbelievable, but the participant from Sweden again struggled with technical problems. Cornelia Jakobs started singing Hold me closer, the music started up, but the sound went out again. That makes the singer the biggest unlucky person of this year towards the end: for her so far no rehearsal has gone without problems.

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