William: Let me preface this by saying the monitors inside the press room weren’t showing us Daniel Kajmakoski in his full glory during his first rehearsal. I’m sure that when we see this with the proper angles and effects it’ll be fabulous. Now, as for today: This was a hot mess. Daniel has called on Grammy Award wining artists MERJ of “No Diggity” fame. Unfortunately they appear to be stuck in the decade where they came to fame, as this felt severly dated. The dance moves have been watered down (either for the ageing R&B stars or for Daniel, or perhaps both)…and they appear to be dancing in front of ancient Macedonian columns. We’re still trying to figure out how ancient history, 90s hip-hop and Eurovision 2015 fit together. It appears that there will be falling leaves projected onto the LED floor, and that could add a nice (and much-needed) touch to this. The leaves that we could see falling were enormous and seemed out of place.
FYR Macedonia: Daniel Kajmakoski’s first rehearsal
Chris: I was so disappointed by this. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really grown to like “Autumn Leaves” but after seeing this first performance, that enthusiasm has been nearly wiped out. There were definitely parts where we’ll probably see improvements at the next rehearsal – the choreography will probably be slicker, for one, and the camera angles more on point to pick up any intricacies we missed this first time. But this is a song that could have been made simple and worked much better. It also feels like MERJ have been thrown in for some “star power” and it will backfire in a major Dita von Teese-esque manner.
Daniel Kajmakoski: Reviews and reactions to first rehearsal
Padraig: Oh dear, after Estonia’s class act this was something of a let down. Daniel’s vocals were fine, as usual. But everything else needs fixing – stat! The LED background looks out of place, ancient columns and reverse falling leaves. Add in a ramshackle dance group doing their best to channel Backstreet Boys and Daniel’s bizarre outfit, this is borderline hot mess. Apparently they were attempting a brand new routine, so perhaps the chaotic choreography can be excused on this occasion. Let’s wait and see how it goes the second time round.