Chris: Disappointed wouldn’t even be the word for this – I really am not feeling Voltaj after this first rehearsal. If you didn’t know the background of this song, then the suitcases in the staging are a complete mystery. The vocals are great, but after that there’s not much to write home about. Good camera work, yes, but the videos playing on the screens are a bit flat and don’t have the same emotional impact that we got earlier from Boggie. The rest of the band look completely uninterested too, as they weren’t even bothered to mime. Fair enough, at this stage there’s no need to do that…but it doesn’t give a great impression.
Romania’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
William: Voltaj has transplanted their staging from Romania’s Selectia Nationala — and it really works. I’m feeling the suitcases, the the lighting, and the vocals — everything! I think the message of migrants leaving their children behind comes through quite clearly with the clever use of the music video in the background. This is touching. I’ll be shocked if Romania don’t make the final.
Padraig: Yawn. I’ve never been a Voltaj fan, and I’m still unmoved. The staging hammers home the message of Romanians emigrating across the world. The stage is littered with suitcases and the music video plays in the background. It’s meant to pull at our heartstrings, but it just looks like they’ve come straight from the airport. The fact that the instrumentalists couldn’t even be bothered to mime says it all. Bored.