So, what will Isaiah be sitting on? He said it will be something he's never sat on before...
And it's a round bit if moderately elevated podium that rotates. So that was an anti-climax. Hoping it will do something else in later run throughs.
Towards the end here there is a great overhead shot, with the round podium in the middle and some great lighting/graphics. Other than that this is all a bit meh. And there are some distracting close-ups of Isaiah on the backdrop.
I take that back, some of the images of him look really good. But this one disturbing moment which zooms in on his eye.
He's dressed in black with a long grey coat, for those who care. And he's in fine voice.
Final run through - now we have pyro. A whole damn pyro curtain, and then some.
Now - lunch!
They've swapped rehearsal order with Australia. Something to do with a choreographer.
Some graphical elements from the video, ships in the sky, clocks and dials. And for those of and old-fashioned persuasion - backing vocalists in view!
Lindita is clearly feeling the song. But she's also clearly not a morning singer. The backings are great though.
Still, the main problem is the lack of actual song. Last place maybe?
Tamara centre stage, starting with mic stand before she starts getting more physical with her singing. Lots of red, fairly non-descript lighting and graphics.
But yeah, start #2 *and* red/black staging. Ouch.
Fashion update: In jeans and a t-shirt, so presumably not her final outfit. But for the second run through she was in a red cape. But not really a superhero cape. More like a net curtain.
She can sing though, and lovely backing vocals too.
And we're off on time. There's no sound on the screens here (told you so!), but we have a picture and - gasp! - it's just like the MF performance.
Sartorial note: Robin forgot his socks.
Those of you with a certain inclination will be disappointed to learn that there are no steps for Robin to ascend as he enters the stage, resulting in a less enjoyable rear view.
We now have sound, and it's sounds just fine (another shock). The lighting is maybe a tad pinker than in MF, but other than that you're know what you're getting here.
Good morning from the press centre. It's the first morning of rehearsals and I will be blogging my impressions today. They come with the usual caveat that I am generally wrong.
Now let's see if we start on time. Five minutes to go...