I'm surprised at that - Having been present at the Jury Shows in Lisbon this year I was amazed at just how "for real" the rehearsals are (aside from the songs which are of course a competitive performance.) I thought they'd give
a dry run?
There are two rehearsals or a rehearsal and transmission every day in the final week. The afternoon rehearsals (apart from Saturday's) are not made available via satellite and are 'dry runs'
The Mon/Wed/Fri 2000 shows are full 'dress rehearsals', and are designed to be broadcast as backups if there is a problem with the live transmission. This is technically not quite fully the case on Monday and Wednesday as the show is interrupted to allow for a full-length performance of the Big 5 + host performances, which are then edited down to one minute extracts, and a local recording isn't quite suitable as a backup. As a result there are feeds of the edited backup on Tuesday and Thursday mornings that all broadcasters taking the contest live will record to play back in sync with the live transmission. However the dress rehearsals are as close to perfect as they can get most years.
On Saturday early afternoon there is a non-dress rehearsal, which IS made available to all broadcasters, to give everyone a second go at rehearsing the voting spokespeople sequence (either the Friday or Saturday early afternoon rehearsals may have stand-ins). This is a non-dress rehearsal - so some artists are not in full costume, and haven't been through hair and make-up. In some cases the hosts are casual too.
Last edited by noggin on 25 June 2018 9:50pm