Engelbert Humperdinck the last to rehearse in Crystal Hall
The arrival of international legend Engelbert Humperdinck in Baku had been an eagerly anticipated moment for the media. The United Kingdom representative got his first impressions of the Crystal Hall and stage today.
They built all of this just for me??!
Backstage, Engelbert was having a familiarisation walk around the arena, getting his bearings. We asked for his opinions on the arena. He firstly gave a nod of approval and then joked "They built all of this just for me?!!! ." He went on to add "The arena is awesome, it has a great modern feeling about it."
Whilst Engelbert was walking around the arena, the German rehearsal of Roman Lob was taking place at the same time and he commented "This is a very nice song from Germany."
He then went off to resume recording a documentary programme that the BBC are making about his time in Baku.
Classical dancing added to stage performance
Engelbert took to the stage for his first rehearsal early in the evening local time. The performance has a male and female ballet classical dancer who move around the stage elegantly during the performance. There is a guitarist sat on a stool behind Engelbert.
The dancing adds to the atmosphere of the performance. The setting is very dimly lit to begin with, focusing only on the guitarist and then Engelbert. Colours interchange on the backdrop throughout the song and there are spotlights shining down on the stage.
During the last performance, pyrotechnics were used with the falling rain effect similar to that used by Ell/Nikki last year, and then fireworks spinning around like catherine wheels.
Each performance was improved from the former, with Engelbert seemingly satisfied at the end of the rehearsal.
Due to the fact that the opening reception takes place this evening, the United Kingdom did not hold a press conference today, and Engelbert Humperdink will meet the press tomorrow.