Kate Ryan back on track

by Richard West-Soley 75 views

Kate Ryan's team are back on track after an additional meeting with ERT to iron out any final problems with sound levels on the semifinal stage.

The meeting was arranged by the host broadcaster, after technical problems beyond the control of the team hampered initial rehearsals.Items on the agenda included the exact setting of the sound levels in the final mix and in the earpieces of the artists on stage.Some of the camera shots are also still under discussion. The outcome: Belgium have now caught up and are back on track with the rest of tonight's contestants.

Fewer fireworks, more focus
Already the performance has undergone some minor changes, namely a toning down of the pyrotechnic effects which at first seemed to overpower the presentation. The subtler use of fireworks promotes a much greater focus on the song itself.

After already seeing a single release in several European countries, a UK release may be on the cards if Kate's result is good, according to a spokesperson for the Belgian delegation. With the third and final dress rehearsal for the semifinal about to begin, spectators will have another opportunity to sum up Kate's chance to hit the top tonight.

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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.