It’s getting quite busy here at the Crystal Hall in Baku. More and more people arrive and almost all of the singers have had their rehearsals yet. With the given format of the stage in particular the shape, which is extremely angular, the size and illumination songs can get better or worse compared to the video clip or national final.
The Swedish singer Loreen tries to do everything to be even better than in the Melodifestivalen, it will not be as dark as supposed. Germany also has a quite plain stage with lots of light spots. Purity can also have a positive effect as we know from former participants that they bring a whole circus on stage, like this year’s Russian entry with the baking oven. France’s singer Anggun is accompanied by shirtless male dancers.
Other entries struggle to convince on stage, e.g. Ukraine is doing far too much. The big question is if the viewers still want to see such a circus or do they also enjoy more plain stages with solid singers. There are a lot of ballads this year as well so it’s also important to stick out of the other competitors.
But one thing is for sure; you can never rely if a hard rock song has won the year before that the people and juries will vote for another hard rock song the year after. It changes year by year. So “Running scared” was a winning ballad last year, the chance are high for a faster song.