William: Uzari and Maimuna’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015 started out promising. A spotlight shines on Uzari, who is in total darkness, and the camera pans in on his face (and dangling earring). He demonstrates his Top Model potential and shows proper emotion: After all, the song is dedicated to people living with cancer. Maimuna stands to the side in a white dress bathed in orange light and looks fabulous. She later works that violin as the camera pans around her. All of that works, but something feels like it’s missing. It’s as if their giant hourglass from the music video hasn’t yet arrived from Belarus. Inside the press centre screens we could see a circle on the LED floor, so it may be a placeholder for said hourglass. I certainly hope so. Without anything else to take up space, the stage really swallows them.
Belarus’ first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: It starts promising. Uzari emerges from the shadows, while Maimuna is covered in an orange glow. Then things start to kick off. The LED reflects Maimuna’s violin playing, swirling and twisting to mimic her movements. But after about 30 seconds it begins to feel a bit meh. Something is lacking. There are no visible backing singers, no dancers, no props. This isn’t the sort of song that can stand on it’s own. Sure there’s energy, but without extras to channel this, it all falls a bit flat. They seem to be holding back a surprise, or at least we hope they are.
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Photo: Andreas Puting (EBU)