It’s raining in Rotterdam, but it does not harm the Eurovision flow. All delegations of today seemed to be excited and fascinated by the huge stage. Today the first half of the semi-final 2 had their time to rehearse. While the online press centre has become livelier and there is a tough schedule to be followed. Here are the results of today:
It is to be expected like this, colourful and flashy. Senhit was in a very good mood and made a quite good first rehearsal. She was so happy that she finally could enter the stage and obviously enjoyed every second of it. She brought her rotating pedestal with her, where she and her background dancers could dance off. Unfortunately, she did not bring the original rapper from the video-clip Flo Rida. The background dancers and singers had to wear strange all over face masks. In the beginning Senhit appears like the Holy Mary.
Uku was wearing a classic white shirt and elegant pants, the fly was open, everything was blue. Sequences of the video-clip where Uku is underwater have been added to the stage show. The good looks and the decent shaped stage is a definite plus for the performance.
Benny Cristo has short blond hair now and was wearing a glittering golden jacket. The two male dancers received support of two female dancers. The entire choreography is typical for the hip hop genre, lots of cool movements. In the beginning of the show Benno is singing in a circle of neon lamps and then breaking through the big LED screen, where he will be joined by his dancers. All over very sympathetic and cool.
Stefania is a really beautiful girl with a photogenic gift. Her lilac outfit is really cool and sexy, like Agnes in “Love, Love, Love”. Her voice was superb and the whole package matches with stage show. There is an optical trick, where the faces of the dancers are not visible, only the pants, jackets and hats. Additionally there is a stairway, which is invisible, almost the same trick like Sergej Lazarev used in Stockholm 2016 in “Thunder And Lightning”.
The stage performance differs from the video-clip. Vincent Bueno is dressed in black with some rhinestones on his collar. Everything is black and there is kind of illuminated tunnel, where he puts all the attention on himself and his very good voice. This is best treasure, so Austria should not be underestimated this year.
It appears as if RAFAŁ is using his mobile stick in the first shot. He has four background dancers with torches, which is nothing new at Eurovision. It’s hardly distinguishable what is verse and what is chorus, unfortunately there is no real climax and the song ripples along. At least RAFAŁ is turning off his sunglasses. Very Miami Vice style to be noticed.
Guessable everybody expected a bit more on stage. Normally Kirkorov’s productions are overwhelming with endless props. This is quite plain, just another rotating platform, four dancers without shirts and then Natalia. She was wearing silver, like many this year, it might be the outfit for the big night.
Daði og Gagnamagnið have shown an elaborated stage performance, everything seems to work well. At first there is a kind of sunrise or sunset sequence at the water, the band appears as shadows, then the rhythms starts and there are astronauts flying in the background. The elliptical keyboards have lights on and can be put together as a full keyboard circle. The band seemed to have fun, shaking with their butts. A different world in pink and yellow, the 80’s are back for three minutes. Great to hear the sequence with the choir of thousand voices.
The three Hurricane girls were dressed even conservative, compared to the outfits they normally wear. Black, sexy, glittering and animating that’s the recipe of the Serbian entry. A disco ball and some steam effects make the show complete.
Nightclub atmosphere, sexy girls and steam
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