After mixed reaction to Edurne’s first live performance last Monday, Spain’s RTVE gave their Eurovision 2015 starlet a second chance to shine ahead of Vienna. And boy did she deliver!
The circumstances surrounding the performance were far better this time. The first time around she had to perform at nearly 1am, and Eurofans struggled to stay awake. But this time she performed on “Alfombra Roja Palace”, a Saturday primetime show at 22:00 CET.
Greeted with a huge round of applause, she took to the stage in a black dress — the one she wore in the music video — and had the support of a live orchestra. As she walked down the stairs to the microphone stand, you could see this was not the same girl we saw struggling on that tiny ice ring some days ago. The tigress had been freed! The music kicked in and she gave everything she had: No more bland performances, no more dodgy notes. She exuded the confidence we are used to seeing from her.
Edurne’s second live performance on RTVE
We’re glad that she is back. But RTVE continues to stumble. Although they gave her a bigger stage — one more appropriate to the size of her talent — they repeated their biggest mistake from last Monday: sloppy sound quality. People at home really needed to turn up their TV volume in order to hear her.
Two issues remain unclear. First, neither RTVE nor Edurne have confirmed whether the version we heard tonight will be the one in Vienna. Second, the staging didn’t give any clues about what we may expect in May. Thankfully we do know that she’ll be accompanied on stage by Giuseppe di Bella — a well-known dancer and tv personality.
EUROFANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: A+ FOR EDURNE, D- FOR RTVE
The social media reaction isn’t surprising: Eurofans agree that Edurne improved and soared, confirming that she deserved to be chosen to sing for Spain on the international musical stage. But once again fans blamed RTVE for bad sound quality at home. They wanted to hear and feel Edurne’s passion — not spend time cranking up the volume on their TV sets.
In less than a week, the Spanish entrant has overcome her nerves and reminded us why we love her. The tigress is no longer caged, but it’s up to RTVE to assist her as she gets ready to roar. They can’t stand still and allow sound issues to plague her.