Malta’s Chiara Siracusa delivered a breathtaking performance this afternoon, as she returned to the Eurovision stage for the fist time since 2005. Chiara commanded her vocals better than anyone else, drawing rave reviews and applause from the audience of sound technicians, producers and engineers. For fans, the rehearsal reaffirmed their belief that she will improve upon her second-place finish in 2005 and her third-place finish in 1998.
Chiara’s biggest fear ahead of today’s performance wasn’t hitting her vocals, but staying on her feat. “I was a bit afraid the first time I sang it today,” she told reporters at an afternoon press conference. “The stage is very slippery. I’m always afraid I may fall on stage.” (Wiwi thinks that would produce an audible boom heard around the world.)
As for staging, Chiara and her producers were horrified when they saw the LCD montage that officials had created for her. That montage features an underwater sequence that morphs into the lost kingdom of Atlantis. According to Chiara’s producer: “[It] doesn’t suit the lyrics of the song, so we had a long discussion afterwards and it will be changed and completely different the next time you see Chiara rehearse.” Read more about the press conference here. As you can see in the performance below, from the 2005 Eurovision final, Chiara prefers simple staging.