William: Monika and Vaidas have survived a psychedelic explosion! During their first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015, Monika looked like a bird of paradise in a blue-and-purple-and-pink and white dress, and Vaidas resembled a posh man-on-the-town in a light blue waist coat. The colours worked well with the LED backing, which is a tornado of neon pastels. It starts with sun rays that eventually give way to sprouting flowers, no doubt a symbol of their blossoming love. This felt more dynamic than at the Lithuanian national selection and had a lot more energy. It also felt less cheesy and more authentic — probably because they’ve developed more chemistry. Some of the press corps — aka my fellow wiwibloggers — say this felt less spontaneous. But I think that’s down to us having watched it 90 million times on YouTube, not Monika & Vaidas’s performance. This has grown in my estimation. Their famous on-stage kiss felt really long today — I hope they both brushed their teeth!
Lithuania’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: I’ve always loved “This Time”. Its simplicity and spontaneous energy was infectious. However, much of that seems to have been lost today. Monika and Vaidas’ vocals are perfect, but their interactions feel forced and over rehearsed. The Eurovizijos spark is missing. Then there’s the use of the LED screen. For me it feels too garish for the song. It would have been perfect for Katy Perry’s superbowl show, but it just swallows Monika and Vaidas up. On the other hand it’s eye catching and memorable, and is unlikely to impact hugely on their qualification chances.
Chris: I have to agree with Padraig here – it’s all just a bit forced. The spontaneity that seemed to help the song so much in Lithuania has gone. Maybe we’re all a bit jaded having seen the original, so for new eyes watching Eurovision, this will still have the same magic. Right now though, I’m not feeling as confident about “This Time” as I might have been. Full credit to Monika & Vaidas for giving a great performance regardless though, with some very confident vocals, particularly from Vaidas.
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)