Ahead of last night’s Eurovision’s Greatest Hits concert, ESC legends like Loreen, Conchita Wurst, and Johnny Logan hoped to bring the heat. Naturally they needed someone to warm them — and the 5,000-person audience — up. Thankfully Electro Velvet — the UK’s Eurovision 2015 act — were on hand to do just that. The duo, which consists of Bianca Nicholas and Alex Larke, performed their song “Still in Love with You” live for the first time and, judging from audience reaction, it went rather well.
The staging built on their music video. It was all 1920s swing with some fun flapper girls (and guys) in the background. Judging from this they’ll likely have an even number of guys and girls supporting them in Vienna, which will work well with their back-and-forth melody. Alex, an experienced Mick Jagger impersonater, seemed quite confidant and his vocals didn’t warble. Bianca had good energy and was generally sound, though at 2:12 in the video below it sounds like she’s gasping for air. We’re sure she can work through that ahead of Vienna. As with the music video, there was mixed reaction to this performance. But I have to say: this rises in my estimation when performed live. It benefits from live energy and charisma.
As far as we know, viewers at home will not get to see this performance on TV this weekend. Electro Velvet were merely warming up the audience inside the venue. It’d also be slightly unfair to the other acts competing this year if the UK act got prime billing in this pre-Eurovision TV show. However, the emcee did suggest that this may be used on the BBC red button, though he didn’t seem convinced of that himself.
Electro Velvet: Live at Eurovision’s Greatest Hits
What do you think of their performance? Does the live performance change or confirm what you thought previously?