Sometimes an entry has a beautiful song, amazing singer(s)…and staging so bad you are left thinking the BBC did the arrangement. This list is dedicated to the costume teams, set designers and choreographers who took a top 10 contender – and trashed it.
The weekend after the contest I’m listening to the contest songs and one comes on that is beautiful. Reaches out and grabs me. And I have to look on my iPhone because I don’t recognize it. It’s Ljubav je svuda by Moje 3. A beautiful, evocative, and uplifting song. Sadly, it was destroyed by dressing three amazing singers up in clown suits and having them go through a pantomime so ridiculous that you don’t even hear the song. The people behind this travesty need to be sent back to Spain. And to the three members of Moje 3: You’ve got something really good there. Please do some more songs together (with competent staging).
Clearly Cascada was given a budget of $49.95 for their staging. And one of the brain trusts there said, “Hey, I know – let’s rent a bleacher from a local high school for her to walk down.” A super good dance number by one of the best dance bands in the world. And it was presented like a high school production. In fact, I’ve seen better productions at some high schools. Yo, Angela Merkel – austerity leads to mediocre results (and permanent recession in Southern Europe).
3. San Marino
Whoever thinks building the first half of a song around a glowing ball is an idiot. It’s not some brilliant message. It’s “Everyone wonder what’s with the ball?” Crisalide (Vola) is a really pretty song with a lot of depth. With competent staging that reinforced the song and the beauty of Valentina Monetta’s voice, this would have easily made the final. Whoever came up with this, tell him/her to take their ball and go home.
Quick, what was the staging for Contigo hasta el final? Don’t remember? Don’t feel bad: no one else does either. It’s not that there was anything wrong with the staging, but there was nothing memorable about it either. Eurovision requires it all—an incredible song, a world-class voice, and staging that elevates the song. ESDM was left wandering around on the stage presenting their song. It’s not clear the song would have made the top 10 with awesome staging, but without it it was toast.
Waterfall is a beautiful song. Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani have amazing voices. The staging was good. But the chemistry between them was all wrong. This was a song, a staging, a presentation that screamed out for two people that are on the edge of tearing each other’s clothes off to make mad passionate love. Farid in Hold Me looked like he was in anguish wanting the other two on the stage. He wanted them with every fiber of his being. Nodi and Sophie showed the chemistry of two people that are very comfortable with each other. And that lack of desire on the stage is what kept them out of the top 10.
Which acts do you think were most hurt by their presentation?
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)