Day 2: Romania, Finland and Portugal

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The lunch break is over and we see Romania, Finland and Portugal take to the fantastic Moscow stage for the second session of Eurovision Song Contest first semi final rehearsals in Moscow.

Song 14 Romania

Elena Gheorghe takes to the Eurovision Song Contest stage and shows how the Balkan girls love to party with this contemporary pop song. She is joined on stage by one backing vocalist and four female dances. Eena's vocals are strong throughout and there is a sense of freshness to the stage performance which fits this bright and breezy feel good pop number.
The stage background shows tress with different coloured strips of cloth flying in the wind, the contstantly changes through the show. The whole route has a very sensual feel with the performance showing plenty of fluid movement shown by the backing dancer who relate very well with Elena on stage.

Song 15 Finland

Appearing next onstage are Waldo's People a group center around the main vocalists Karoliina Kallio and Marko "Waldo" Reijonen, who are this year’s representatives in the Eurovison Song Contest for Finland. Their entry Lose Control is an up-tempo Eurodance song in the style of the 1990s with rap parts in the verses.

Joining Waldo's People on stage are three backing female singers dressed in skimpy white tops, black metal studded belts and short gold and black mini skirts. Also on stage are two shirtless male dancers who hold burning hand held sticks. We see a turning wheel at the centre of the stage alongside burning oil drums which make stunning effects. Bright pyrotechnics are flashed through the performance which complement the driving beat of the song.

Song 16 Portugal

Now on stage we have a completely change of mood as, replacing the euro dance beats of Finland, we have a traditional Portugees folk song. Flor-de-lis are the group representing Portugal with the song Todas as ruas do amor. The feelgood mid-tempo ballad that mixes pop music with typical Portuguese folk elements.

The band include one lead female singer and five musicians playing percussion, guitar a cavaquinho, which is a small guitar very similar to a ukulele, flute and accordion. These instruments provide the song with atmospheric feel and enhances the traditional Portuguese instruments to full effect. The stage is a stunning montage of rainbow colour which reflects the happy mood of the song.

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