ESCXTRA: Live from Kyiv

Follow all the latest from rehearsals in Kyiv, Ukraine and keep up to date with the breaking news with us at ESCXTRA: Live from Kyiv!

We will be providing a live stream throughout each and every day of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as well as reports from every rehearsal that takes place over the two weeks, Facebook Live videos from the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and snapshots of Eurovision life from around the city on Twitter and Instagram.

Stick with us throughout the two weeks for instant updates from Kyiv about your favourite artists and make sure you check out our XtraVoix podcast with our friends at Eurovoix.com.

Editor Predictions for the Final

With just a few hours until showtime, here are our editor predictions for the top 3 and last place: Simon: 1) Bulgaria 2) Portugal 3) Italy Last: Germany Luke: 1) Italy 2) Bulgaria 3) Portugal Last: Spain Brent: 1) Italy 2) Bulgaria 3) Portugal Alekas: 1) Portugal 2) Italy 3) Bulgaria Last: Spain Nick: 1) Portugal 2) Bulgaria 3) Italy Last: Spain Hlynur: 1) Bulgaria 2) Italy 3) Portugal Last: Spain Riccardo: 1) Bulgaria 2) Italy 3) Portugal Last: Spain Dimitris: 1) Bulgaria 2) Portugal 3) Italy Last: Spain Sagheer: 1) Portugal 2) Italy 3) Bulgaria Last: Spain Joel: 1) Italy 2) Bulgaria 3) Portugal Last: Germany Sophie: 1) Italy 2) Bulgaria 3) Portugal Last: Spain Katarina: 1) Portugal 2) Sweden 3) Italy Last: Austria Yassia: 1) Italy 2) Bulgaria 3) Israel Last: Armenia Ryan: 1) Bulgaria 2) Italy 3) Portugal Last: Spain Nathan: 1) Bulgaria 2) Portugal 4) Azerbaijan Last: Spain Dan: 1) Portugal 2) Bulgaria 3) Italy Last: Germany Rodrigo: 1) Portugal 2) Italy 3) Bulgaria Last: Denmark Wivian: 1) Bulgaria 2) Portugal 3) Italy Last: Spain

Team Predictions for Semi Final 2 – Who do we think will qualify?

On Tuesday, the ESCXTRA team managed to correctly predict nine of the ten qualifiers from the first semi final – incorrectly predicting that Finland would make the cut as opposed to Poland. With the second semi final just a few hours away, we’ve put our forecasting hats back on and made our assumptions on who we think will make the grand final from tonight’s eighteen competing countries. You can watch the second semi final live from 21:00 CET on various national broadcasters across Europe or via the official YouTube live stream below. We will also be streaming live from the press centre, before, during and after the broadcast so if you need something to help pass the time, why not tune in!

LIVE: Semifinal 1 artists have their jury rehearsal

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. Tonight, it’s time for the acts of semifinal 1 to rehearse for the last time. The juries will be watching – and voting – tonight, so a lot is depending on their performance tonight. ESCXTRA are in the press centre, where you can hear the audio from the arena and chat along with hundreds of other Eurovision fans. Make sure to check out the stream here.

Day 7: Imri Ziv completes second rehearsal for Israel – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Imri Ziv from Israel. We have just watched his first run through of I Feel Alive live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Whether I just wasn’t paying enough attention first time round or whether it has changed but the beginning of Israel’s performance seems to have changed for the better with effective use of the LED floor in particular. …

Day 7: Koit Toome and Laura complete second rehearsal for Estonia – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Koit Toome and Laura from Estonia. We have just watched their first run through of Verona live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview There’s been a few minor changes to the Estonian rehearsal, camera angles have been tightened up and Koit in particular is taking new opportunities to interact with the camera. Their vocals are both solo, Laura chose to …

Day 7: Fusedmarc complete second rehearsal for Lithuania – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Fusedmarc from Lithuania. We have just watched their first run through of Rain of Revolution live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Lithuania’s staging is very red in its theme just as we saw in the national final and in the first rehearsal. Viktorija is in her red dress, and her bandmate and backing vocalists are on stage in black …

Day 7: Kristian Kostov completes second rehearsal for Bulgaria – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day seven of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Kristian Kostov from Bulgaria. We have just watched his first run through of Beautiful Mess live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Kristian’s staging has been fine tuned very well this time round, all of the on-screen holograms that he interacts with are now well timed on the most part. Towards the end of the performance, the LEDs change to a …

Day 7: Naviband complete second rehearsal for Belarus – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Naviband from Belarus. We have just watched their first run through of Story of My Life live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Artem and Ksenia spend the whole performance on this hovercraft-esque platform which makes sense when you consider the LED backdrop is a constant fairytale sky. We expect dry ice pyros to further enhance the flying through clouds …

Day 7: Timebelle complete second rehearsal for Switzerland – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is Timebelle from Switzerland. We have just watched their first run through of Apollo live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview Miruna is dressed in a gorgeous canary yellow dress while her band mates are in various pink and white combinations. For most of the time the LED backdrop is sky blue and pink with Greek mythologic imagery. Miruna starts her …

Day 7: JOWST complete second rehearsal for Norway – PREDICTION & REVIEW

ESCXTRA are live from Kyiv for day six of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! As every country has now rehearsed for the first time, there is no more need to mute our live stream. The countries that are completing their second rehearsals today are all in Semifinal 2. They are, in chronological order: the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Ireland, San Marino, Croatia, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Estonia, Israel. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule. In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel. Also, you will also be able to listen live to each second rehearsal as it happens and give us your opinions in our live chat. The next artist to take to the stage for their second rehearsal is JOWST from Norway. We have just watched his first run through of Grab the Moment live from Kyiv and here is our reaction. Staging overview The staging is the same as we saw in the first rehearsal and Melodi Grand Prix, although the holograms have now been properly fixed. The vocal distortion post-chorus still sounds fantastic, it could be a studio track for …