There’s a chill coming in the Altice Arena. Vanja Radovanovic wore an icy-blue suit jacket for his first rehearsal of “Inje” today, flanked by a pianist and backing dancers all in white. It’s a much classier and more powerful affair on stage than what we saw in the national final — and has really done Montenegro’s chances a world of good. Vanja’s glances to the camera in the early part of the song look pained, as if the frost is biting him. Blue lighting behind him spreads that cold, but as the performance continues, the lighting warms up to an orange and so does Vanja.
Montenegro clearly know how to stage a Balkan ballad. This has touches of Zeljko, Sergej and Knez throughout, giving the sense that this is a “Best of” compilation in the staging. That’s to its advantage though. It’s not that we’ve “seen it all before”, but instead it’s a tried and tested formula that helps this stand out.
There is movement throughout the performance, with the dancers taking a number of positions, interacting with each other and Vanja. Qualification does not seem out of Montenegro’s reach now, showing just how far this has come from Montevizija.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)