Lights off and focus on the eyes! It’s how Sennek starts her Eurovision 2018 stage show. A close-up shot shows only her eyes in a narrow band of light before the camera pans out to reveal her outfit — a sleeveless black blouse with sheer panels and illusion cut-outs, paired with black trousers hidden beneath a see-through taffeta skirt. The lighting scheme — lots of black with just a few simple dark blue and white lights — creates a sufficiently mysterious atmosphere. Yes, this has shades of a Bond anthem. But more importantly it pulls that sound into the future with a digital sound that almost seems interstellar. Take me to Jupiter, honey!
There has been much talk about her make-up. Her team is actually using specially created blush and foundation to blanche her skin. It’s an effort to provide contrast with the black setting. For now there are fears it’s coming off a bit too Corpse Bride. It’s not a superficial point either. In a simple stage show — where there’s no LED and just simple lights — the face becomes the vehicle for so much expression, and if she’s too pale people might be put-off. But we’re sure adjusted camera angles — and make-up that provides contrast but avoids something heroine chic — will strike the right dark arts, avant-garde feel Belgium are masters of.
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Photo & Footage: Courtesy of EBU & RTP