At the end of the day, all songs of this year’s ESC have been rehearsed. Today the entries from the Big 5 countries, which are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom plus the host country The Netherlands have been on stage for the first time, while there were also several entries from the second semi-final, which did not have the second rehearsal yet. The most exciting part was definitely the Big 5 plus The Netherlands, as nobody knew, how they would look on stage.
Beside of some smaller changes like Destiny from Malta was wearing a silver dress and Hurricane from Serbia having new coloured glitter underneath their eyes, Senhit had stickers of her rapper Flo Rida on her first big holy mask, maybe this could be a signal, that he will be there in person during the live performance next Thursday.
Luckily, Kateryna from Ukraine had a negative corona test, so all seem to be good.
Let’s take a look at the Big 5 plus The Netherlands:
It feels like being in a live rock concert hall, there are the drums in the middle, put on a higher podium. The lead singer Damiano appears shirtless with silver leather trousers, the other members wearing suits, also the female bass player Victoria, it’s all inspired by the style of Harry Styles and other artists. They really rock the stage, there are pyros and Damiano make the gesture of cutting of the neck.
This is a shrill stage show. The happy singer Jendrik shows all his excitement accompanied by a backing choir and a big and with large fingers. The outfits could have been a bit nicer, but Jendrik is wearing blue attractive pants and a pink bolero jacket. As already expected there is a firework of colours, Jendrik is jumping over the stage and obviously having fun. All of them having an instrument to play with.
A sympathetic singer with a crazy stage show, a bit hectic though
The host entry “Birth Of A New Age” had three different presentations so far, in the first TV show with a big band and choir, the stylish video-clip filmed in a historical building and now the staging in the Ahoy Arena, all of them are very different from each other. The stage presentation is not using all the technical possibilities as some of the other participants are using. The most striking thing is the outfit of Jeangu, was wearing a leather harness, that’s very brave. There are exotic dancers and well-choreographed show with a special leg movement.
Barbara Pravi was dressed in a black outfit, classic blouse and chic pants. Compared to her performance in the French national final, only the spot on her has been used and at the end the camera man has been circle around her. Sometimes a big stage show is not necessary, just a stylish and plain one can be fascinating, when all the concentration is on the singer and the singing. This has worked well for Patricia Kaas in 2009.
Reduced and black, a wonderful journey into the French soul
On the UK stage there were oversized trumpets, as well as real trumpets and trombones used by the background dancers. James Newman was wearing black and a longer leather jacket, quite inconspicuous and relaxed. The backdrop is often showing a bumping loudspeaker, James is dancing with the team and at the end there are laser spots surrounding him. Nice, but nothing spectacular. He should have used the acoustic version of the song.
The surprise of the day: there is a totally new arrangement of the Spanish song. In the beginning Blas is singing a Capella, later on the tape is joining. There is more drama as there has been made a major revision, probably this is meant to be. The stage is beautifully illuminated there is a solar eclipse and a real moon prop on stage, at the end it looks that Blas Cantó is flying through the universe into a supernova. Optically and vocally it’s a pleasure.
A new arrangement and a beautiful stage
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!