Ukraine: Zlata Ognevich Unveils Giant at First Rehearsal

Wiwi: At her dress rehearsal a few moments ago, Zlata Ognevich finally unveiled “the giant” she has been hinting at in official press releases for weeks. We thought it might be a massive butterfly. Then we thought it might be one of the Klitschko brothers. But it’s actually Igor Vovkovynski, a real-life Ukrainian giant who rises 2.42 metres and wears size 62 shoes. He carries Zlata to a “magic cirlce” in the opening bars, and then let’s Zlata work her magic in a hip-hugging dress. Her backing vocalists include jazz legend Cleveland Watkiss, and all of them wear black to minimize their presence on the stage. Zlata is striving to present a fairy tale and she is most definitely playing the part of a princess. We love her. This will be amazing.

After their rehearsal, even Igor the Giant was as giddy. “The Arena is very overwhelming and very big, which I wasn’t even expecting,” he said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs “I’ve been inside big arenas but none of them looked so beautiful. The first rehearsal went well but I will take more time to practice my part. I love my costume which was first revealed today. I can’t believe that somebody took so much time to make it look so good. I wanna wear it not just to the show but everywhere”.

Zlata had this to say: “Everybody was so welcoming that I immediately felt confident about everything. I know everything will work out the best way possible.”

Vebooboo:  This has never been my favourite song, and today I watched the first rehearsal clip with a big-ass smile on my face. Zlata is an intelligent woman — she speaks super eloquently in all of her interviews. So why in the world would she decide to do something as corny and cheesy as choose a giant to pick her up? I’ve heard of going literal before, but this takes the damn cake. I suppose in the end this is a Disney song and perhaps therefore needs to be staged in a way that all can understand…

Photo Credit: Sander Hesterman (EBU)

You can read our reviews of the Eurovision rehearsals by clicking here. You can also read our song reviews on the Wiwi Jury page, and read the lyrics to this year’s entries on our contestants page.