Last night Edurne performed her song “Amanecer” on Spanish television, marking the first live performance since the song was released back in March. The performance was part of the late night show Alaska & Segura, with the Spanish representative not taking to the stage until the later-than-advertised time of 1.25am. Despite all the build-up and hype, fans were left feeling a little disappointed.
Standing on a small round stage (even smaller than Dima Bilan’s ice rink) Edurne had to deal with the impossibility of moving herself during the whole song. She’s a seasoned performer and, in our minds, an amazing choice for the Eurovision Song Contest. But not even Edurne could give her best in these conditions. The tigress from her music video was sadly tame.
Edurne didn’t exude the confidence onstage we’re used to feeling when she performs live, and she struggled several times to hit her high notes. In the end, it turned out to be a good rehearsal and revealed the weaknesses that must be corrected. Edurne must be the tigress from the music clip — one with the same strength and passion from the video. That’s how she will make Eurofans (like me) melt.
On the other hand, what we saw broadcast tonight might be what we’ll see in Vienna, as Edurne stated in a previous interview, “The final version you’ll hear in Vienna will probably be the same you’ll hear tonight”. That may refer to the final mix between the original tune (released on 1 March) and the symphonic revamp recorded several weeks later with the RTVE Symphonic Orchestra. However, we are still waiting for an official confirmation.
No mercy for RTVE on social media
The reaction on social media was not positive: Fans attacked public broadcaster RTVE, blaming them for the sloppy sound quality at home. Comments and tweets range from “utter disgrace” to “these issues never happened when Ruth Lorenzo. Both “#alaskaysegura7” and “Ruth Lorenzo” turned into trending topics in Spain.
There’s still some major work to be done, but hopes are still high among Spanish Eurofans. No one doubts Edurne or her ability to give an amazing and unforgettable show in Vienna. But there’s a lot of a work to be done.
Our first reaction
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