Billy: Love that! During his first rehearsal Carl Espen’s voice was as amazing as it is in the studio version. His presentation was also lovely. The four violinists and piano elevate Norway’s performance and work so well with his vocals. The beautiful presentation, including the graphics, remind me of Iceland’s “Is It True” back in 2009—and that did very well. Carl uses lights in a clever way to add drama and shape. Wait a minute! Is that the podium that Hersi from Albania uses?
Wiwi: Carl’s song showcases vulnerability, but his stage performance showcases strength. His stirring performance is made more stirring by this vast stage, and his voice is strong enough to fill the arena. Word has it that he was incredibly nervous before taking the stage, but he pulled it off with aplomb. I promise that the rehearsal was better than the snippet provided above. Those ladies on the violins look like they are on a sinking ship! The camera angles make it a lot nicer.
Patrick: My god what a voice, what a performance…. This is so wonderful. The staging is perfect for the song, perfect for the artist. The idea with the ladies and their violins was clever and it looks absolutly fantastic. The atmosphere and the lights are so lovely – it touches me really. I can’t wait to see Carl performing in the Semi Final because what I saw till now, is absolutely a perfect dream!
Sami: Oh my god, this is amazing. Carl sounds great, the staging is beautiful and I love the song. It looks much better than the Melodi Grand Prix -performance and it’s just look stunning. I really hope we see Norway in top 5 once again this year.
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Featured image: Andres Putting (EBU)