The stars of the Eurovision Song Contest have to work hard to be original. But, inevitibly, artists show up to the contest with the same idea or concept…kind of like how Belarus and Latvia both sang about cakes this year. It doesn’t always take place in the same year: artists are known to recycle, and build upon, earlier innovations. In the first of our new series “Who Did It Better?” it’s a battle of the disco balls as Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka and Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen work their magic beneath a shiny orb…
Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka (2007)
When Verka performed in 2007, she wowed us with her sparkle, ultimately coming in second place. Her dress was disco themed along with her LED backdrop and back up dancers, and she even wore one on her head. At Eurovision 2014, producers honored her with the award for the most silver in Eurovision history, so clearly shiny balls are a good thing.
Sweden’s Sanna Nielsen (2014)
But then there is Sanna Nielson, who sang her way to third place in 2014. Her use of the disco ball was more subtle, and brought extra power to a power ballad. Rather than giving it all away at once, she unveiled her disco ball at the climax of the song. Our mouths were already on the floor, and this pushed them into the ground. Sanna contrasted the sparkly disco ball with a baclk background, helping it stand out even more.
So who did it better? Did Ukraine outshine Sweden, just like they did in the postcard poll? Or did Sanna just “Undo” Verka’s fabulosity?
Photos: Eurovision.tv (EBU)