William: Moldova’s Eduard Romanyuta has taken inspiration from his Eurovision 2015 music video. During his first rehearsal this morning in Vienna he went for a police theme, with three dancers and two backing vocalists wearing sexy leather police outfits. There are plenty of moments that will divide viewers: You’ll either think this is super raunchy or super fabulous. Examples: the close-up shots of the dancer’s bum (replete with leather wedgie) and a backing vocalist ripping off Eduard’s vest. This is high-energy, fun and made for TV. His odds to qualify should certainly improve.
Padraig: Sleaze, sleaze, sleaze! Sex sells, but this is just plain creepy. Not a good look. He can keep his stripper cops for someone else. I’m not impressed, and the more conservative jurors are likely to mark this down due to the staging alone (remember Poland last year). That said, the whole thing is memorable. And may help Eduard rise up the rankings, although not enough to qualify.
Chris: Gasps from the press centre audience said it all about Eduard’s performance today. The issue is: even with the shocking, “sex sells” routine, I’m still not sold on Eduard. At the end of the day, I’ve been left struggling to remember much about this and I can’t see it qualifying, even with the problems that several of the other acts have had.
Moldova’s first rehearsal: Reviews and reactions
Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta press meet & greet
You can read our reviews of all of the rehearsals by clicking here.
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)