It’s been one of the biggest concerns for fans throughout the current season — What’s the story with the Eurovision 2018 stage?
Some months ago, RTP set alarm bells ringing when they revealed that LED screens are out for 2018. The decision immediately ruled out a whole range of staging possibilities. But at least we won’t be seeing the singers’ faces in the background anymore, as happened with so many of 2017’s performances.
The oft-repeated call for a contest of “real music” with no artifices left many cold. Are we turning the clock back to the 1950s? Well, after watching the stage in action for the first time, the only answer to that question is: hell to the no!
Earlier this week, footage emerged from a dry-run of Hungary’s stage show. This included a full light and pyro display for “Viszlát nyar” which, if it is the actual staging, will blow everyone’s mind.
Eurovision 2018 stage in action
As you can see, the huge Lisbon stage isn’t in any danger of being overshadowed by its predecessors from Stockholm, Copenhagen, Vienna or Kyiv.
Even without LEDs, the light show provides an extremely strong setting for a song like Hungary’s entry. And those pyros and smoke machines are totally on point!
With just four days to go until first rehearsals begin, the stage is already finished, and stand-in rehearsals are underway.
As usual, those who are passionate about technical aspects of the contest will be keenly following Ola Melzig’s Eurovision diary.
In his April 24 post, the producer reveals how the pyro run-throughs are going. He also tells us that Executive Producer Christer Bjorkman is on the ground. Check out the photo below where the technical team shows the Melodifestivalen impresario how everything works.
Hungary’s staging looks set to be spectacular. But what about the other entries? Will the huge stage work as well with a quieter song like Portugal’s? And how will it work for a dance number like Cyprus? Let us know in the comments below.