William: “Wars for Nothing”, but songs for something. Boggie brought her message of peace into sharper focus this morning during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015. She and her dancers stand centre stage and let spectacular LED graphics swirl behind, above and below them. We see black and white images of the universe morph into machinary and ammunitions, before giving way to green fields and a beautiful LED vision of the Earth. The transition from monochrome to colour reflects her optimism about the future and, in my mind, her odds of qualifying for the final — she’s moving from darkness to light. This is giving me Common Linnets feels with its transformation. At times Boggie seemed get teary and rightfully so. This is really moving.
Hungary’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: We’ve just witnessed something very special. An instant hush fell over the press room. Many had written Boggie off as too dull and boring to succeed. Well, she’s just blown her critics out of the water. Without doubt, this was the best and most confident rehearsal we’ve seen so far. Boggie’s vocals were stunning, we could genuinely feel the emotion behind the message, and we even spied a tear in her eye. As for the LED screens – spectacular. On the back wall we watch as a chain of ammunition and guns transforms into a tree in full bloom. On the floor we see the constellations swirl and transform into the globe. This is qualifying!
Chris: Oh my word. I got goosebumps from this performance – the AK47s turning in to the tree, that then turned in to nature…truly wonderful. The only time I’ve ever liked “Wars for Nothing” prior to this was the great acoustic version that Boggie gave us at the London Eurovision Party press room. I never thought she’d be able to recreate that magic on the ESC stage, let alone improve on it. This one is surely qualifying and I think she’s even got a shot of winning with the juries.
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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)