Gaia Cauchi, who placed first among our seven in-house reviewers, is seriously feeling this song. During her first rehearsal she used her entire body as a metronome, bouncing back and forth to keep the beat—and to belt out those high notes. She didn’t come to Kyiv to sing, she came to Kyiv to sing. As for the staging, the pink and purple LED works well. Her dress is age-appropriate and sweet, and has just enough sparkle to let us know this is show biz, y’all. Gaia does not need backing. She has enough voice to fill all of Ukraine, and nearby Russia. My favourite moment comes at 2:12 in the following video when she starts to growl. It’s like she has hidden Amy Winehouse, Jessie J and Patti LaBelle somewhere inside her pink dress and suddenly let them loose. Increasingly I see the contest as coming down to Malta vs. Russia, with San Marino complicating the picture. Exciting times!
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