Chris : Amber is going it alone here: She doesn’t need backing vocalists with a voice like this. That confidence is well placed as her power and control really comes through. That said, there’s something missing at the dramatic climax of the song – probably some pyro, which we can expect later in the week. Much like her fellow “Warrior” Nina Sublatti, she’s also using the video backdrop with shapes firing off from behind her. This feels much more like Conchita’s than Nina’s effort. Viewers might feel like they’ve seen this before.
Malta’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
William: From mysical blue to fiery orange, Amber is working the colour spectrum. She stands centre stage looking like a widow — but a very glamourous, wealthy one. I’d go to any funeral so long as this diva was hosting! She’s clearly grown in confidence since the Maltese selection: Just check out her self-assured hand movements and hip thrusts. She should sail through to the final with this one.
Padraig: Amber slays vocally, but then that was never in doubt. She looks stunning too, channelling “Survivor” era Helena Paparizou in all her glory. My issue is with the staging. Amber is completely alone on stage. But unlike yesterday’s Georgian “Warrior”, or even the “Warrior” we saw in Valletta last November, she fails to fill it. She’s completely swallowed up, and the background graphics do little to help. They’re derivative, and we’ve seen them before. In the beginning there’s a giant sphere (thankfully not another globe), which then shifts into numerous other designs, including a set of flame wings that pass more than a passing resemblance to Conchita’s.
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)