William: Estonia’s Elina & Stig faced some major technical issues during their first rehearsal. They had to stop several times and it seemed like the projections — large shadows and a cityscape — weren’t always working. But by the time we saw the final take we were in love. The visuals reflect the Old World glamour of the song. Stig & Elina — decked in black — look extra glossy and sensual and their vocals have improved significantly since Eesti Laul (and they were already in good shape). The emotional shadow of their relationship is conveyed through the literal shadows projected behind them. They are enormous, like mini-skyscrapers. Elina looks away from the camera while Stig stares straight into it. We aren’t sure if this is meant to reflect his detachment and her obsession. But regardless we are loving this. Can’t wait to see if the odds change after the bookies see this one…
Estonia’s Elina & Stig: First rehearsal
Chris: After the initial technical issues that seriously delayed their second run-through, Elina & Stig proved why they were the favourites months ago. I was majorly impressed with Elina, who owned the camera in every shot and played the jilted lover role to perfection. Stig remains a mystery to me; I can never tell if he’s really disinterested, or if he too has got his role in the song down well. Was he looking past Elina on purpose and in to the camera, or was he simply doing his own thing for now – I can’t wait to see how this changes in the second rehearsal.
Padraig: Following the umpteenth technical hiccup, it was clear that the pair were becoming frustrated. They shouldn’t be. Their vocals were spot on and the cold-as-ice chemistry was near-perfect. The staging overhaul is a huge improvement from Eesti Laul. Gone is the Ikea showroom, instead we have a wonderfully sixties style silhouette backdrop. Once the technicalities are sorted, this should soar.
Estonia: Reviews and Reactions
You can read our reviews of all of the rehearsals by clicking here.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)