UPD 16. Flying the (huge) flag: UK on stage

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As the United Kingdom hopefuls Scooch take the stage in Hartwall for their first rehearsal, red, white and blue fill the hall and the press centre; Scooch seem to be trying to break the record for the biggest Union Jack ever 'flown' on TV.

For Scooch's performance, a colossal United Kingdom flag fills the video screens behind the stage, in front of which the band perform with the now familiar refreshment trolleys. In a nod to the title of the song Flying the Flag For You, the delegation take the lyrics literally and Hartwall is bathed in the British national colours for three minutes.

The mix sounds much beefier in the arena after some work on the mix. Two backing singers join the group and act as 'passengers' throughout the routine. Vocally, there seems nothing to worry about, with excellent, extremely camp performances on stage!

As well as the huge flag, the screens feature white planes flying across the screen and the stage benefits from a range of cabin-style props such asmetal detectors,suitcasesand aeroplane seats. The UK delegation has prepared three minutes of shameless, escapist fun, and the folks in the hall loved it.

Stay tuned for further coverage from the rehearsals from the team at Hartwall!

Vocally, there seems nothing to worry about, with excellent, extremely camp performances on stage!

As well as the huge flag, the screens feature white planes flying across the screen and the stage benefits from a range of cabin-style props such asmetal detectors,suitcasesand aeroplane seats. The UK delegation has prepared three minutes of shameless, escapist fun, and the folks in the hall loved it.

Stay tuned for further coverage from the rehearsals from the team at Hartwall!

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.

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