Whip out that can of crazy and let’s dive in! Slovenia’s Lea Sirk delivered a thoroughly off-kilter, totally urban performance during her first rehearsal. This harked back to the Eurovision of yesteryear when people weren’t afraid to have a bit of fun. Her euro-dance number has major swagger, which comes through her swishing hips, facial expressions and non-stop popping and locking.
Lea has ditched her windows from the national final, which will no doubt sadden some fans. But don’t fret! Her posse of backing vocalists is as fiery and fearsome as ever. There’s great interaction between Lea and her girls, including a lovely shot where she walks down a staircase and they each throw their hands out at her. Talk to the hand? Take my hand? No matter. This is visually arresting and thoroughly enjoyable.
Perhaps the most talked-about moment of the performance comes when she stages a “fake blackout”. The lights and the music cut and she entreats the audience to help her out. As they do everything comes back to life on stage. I’m not yet clear whether it’s cool or cringe, but I suspect the former. When the arena is filled with people screaming, clapping and waving flags, that moment will really come to life.
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