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.

Boggie: Reviews and Reactions

@boggieofficial was AMAZING this morning. Such powerful staging. #eurovision

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Hungary’s Boggie: Press Meet and Greet

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

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BB
BB
5 years ago

For you all haters.This is not dull and boring.Not every song has to be tc tc, lalala or cheep, trash pop about cheesecakes or copy power ballad what we see every year with many times cheesy lyrics.THIS IS SAILING THROUGH THE FINAL.Why because is classy, quality, beautiful, with very well written lyrics.And yes it will be jury pleaser and not just that.12 points from Romania

Lars Olsen
Lars Olsen
5 years ago

Yaaas 😀 I am so looking forward to this 😀 Always liked the song, but got tired of it, but maybe the live performance will get me in the Boggie spirit again 😀

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

She’s a terrific singer but my god I can’t get through her song without falling asleep. Really hope her staging and vocals doesn’t get her through.

Donna
Donna
5 years ago

Same sentiments here with the Wiwibloggers. I think Hungary has a stronger chance of qualifying now thanks to the improved live performance and staging. I think Hungary will be one of the top performers from the semi-finals and I could see Hungary scoring another Top 10 finish, possibly even getting a rank higher than their best result from 1994.

Amerivision
Amerivision
5 years ago

I think I’m going to save this until next Tuesday’s semis so I can watch the full effect of this live. (Sadly I can only watch the contest on the official website! Why can’t the US show ESC on Xbox Live? Wah!)

ct
ct
5 years ago

I still think the song is meh, but what we see in this video is definitely the best visuals so far and so much better than Armenia’s gloomy tree that looks like sth out of Macbeth. I have to see the performance from a little earlier though, I am not that sure a Kalashnikov turning into a tree is such a great idea.

Milla
Milla
5 years ago

A tree again..

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Is that a tree? Yes, that’s a tree. Second in the first semifinal. Or am I wrong. Wiwi, how many trees there are in total in this first semi?

Britz26
5 years ago

LOVE IT!

WhyNot
WhyNot
5 years ago
Louis
Louis
5 years ago

Boring dull song and Boggie has NO charisma at all, sorry Hungary next year better.

Steve
5 years ago

I love this song. The simplicity is superb. I don’t want to watch the rehearsals though as I like to leave that as a surprise for the night. Love Boggie though!

George
5 years ago

Boring as hell.

Eugene ESC UK
5 years ago

Yes it’s very unfortunate………………..another tree, that sort of kills the originality of the staging for both Hungary and Armenia. Unfortunately staging cannot turn a bad song into a good one.

Once again we see the droplet effect used by Conchita, again horizontally.

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

BOGGIE VS GENEALOGY – BATTLE OF THE TREE BACKDROPS!

This should totally be a thing!!!

Paul D
Paul D
5 years ago

I’m very hopeful with this song, I really think it will stand out after the serbian madness