This morning kicked off an exciting two week lead up to the final with the start of first rehearsals! Join us over the next four days as we take a look at the first rehearsals of all competing semi finalists. For the first day of rehearsals, the nine countries drawn to the first half of the first semi final will take to the stage.
Image Credit: Alek Živković (Eurovision.tv)
The final country to rehearse today was Serbia who close out the first half of the first semi final. After previously competing as the lead singer of Moje 3 back in 2013 and failing to qualify, Nevena Božović is back for Serbia but this time competing as a solo artist. She's bringing the huge balkan ballad 'Kruna' in her bid for Eurovision success.
Ahead of her return to Eurovision, Nevena competed in Serbian national final 'Beovizija' earlier this year which she went on to win. Since her last appearance back in 2013, Nevena has featured on the Serbian jury in 2015 and has also been recognised with a win at the 2019 Music Awards.
Image Credit: Andres Putting (Eurovision.tv)
SERBIA - FIRST REHEARSAL
I don't think anybody would expect anything less of Nevena than pitch perfect - and of course she delivered. With her long blonde hair down, she's wearing a stunning neckpiece and long black dress with a cut down it revealing one leg.
The staging beautifully accompanies Nevena and her dress - a golden whirlpool swirling around her which looks incredibly powerful. The backing shows similar golden, dark blue and silver colours which compliment the stage. Aside from that, the performance is rather understated and it is clear that she is letting her impeccable voice do the talking. It can sometimes be difficult to stage a power ballad but Serbia have done a good job with this one.
On their last run through, they added smoke and wind machines and flashing stage lights which added perfectly to the whirlwind!
Serbia's second rehearsal will take place on Thursday 9th May and they will be performing ninth in the first semi final on Tuesday 14th May.
Will you be supporting Serbia at this years Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on Nevena's first rehearsal.