Second rehearsals at Eurovision 2018 continue. Did San Marino’s Jessika & Jenifer Brening impress with “Who We Are”? Did Denmark’s Rasmussen freeze that arrow in the air? Let’s find out…
Reaction: San Marino & Denmark
San Marino: Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening with “Who We Are”
What a difference an outfit makes! Jessika turned up to her second rehearsal wearing a glittering red dress. It clung to each of her contours, and worked well with the golden hues of the stage lights. It gives the song a slightly classier feel, elevating the overall package. The robot that proposed to Jessika with a sign saying “Will you marry me?” no longer does. Instead he simply extends his hand towards hers, removing the strange suggestion of a cyborg sexual fantasy. Earlier in the show the robot says, “Justice for Valentina”…though earlier in the show it also says “This is just rehearsal”. Will we get a cheeky message during the show? Who knows.
The slightly classier presentation has moved this from WTF to “guilty pleasure”. You go girls!
Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening, “Who We Are”: Performance Preview
Denmark: Rasmussen with “Higher Ground”
Most performers want to have cleaner staging during their second rehearsals. But Denmark definitely wanted it dirtier. Their dancers and vocalists muddied up their faces, showing us that these Vikings have been in battle. That rugged, we-have-survived-a-storm look works well with the dark backing track and their laboured stomp dance. This is musical theatre realness and they are now bringing the appropriate look!
Another big change? The sails! Owing to different camera shots and new angles, they no longer look like bed sheets, but instead actual sails. The bright white against the darker stage lights creates a natural pop.
Rasmussen, “Higher Ground”: Performance Preview