Tel Aviv sees the first day of rehearsals, with the first half of the first semi-final evening unfolding on the impressive stage of Expo Tel Aviv. The nine countries to rehearse were Cyprus, Montenegro, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belarus and Serbia.

The stage is ready for  Joci Pápai who is returning for a second time in Eurovision after 2017 with an emotional song about the deep father-son relationship.

Joci appears all in black and barefoot on the stage, wearing cropped black trousers with a short decorative overskirt. His tight polo-neck t-shirt is also black, with a long necklace and belt .

Take a look at Joci’s first rehearsal video: