William: Montenegro’s Knez isn’t playing. He’s a seasoned performer and that really showed during his first rehearsal this morning. This oozes class. From the LED lighting — which features stars and mountain vistas — to the choreography — which includes some lovely violin bow action — everything is paced and builds so nicely. When the beat picks up halfway through I’m in heaven and by the time Knez and his dancers are spinning I’ve reached nirvana. Not everyone will catch Balkan Ballad Fever. But I’m glad I have a temperature!
Chris: In a completely unsuprising move, Montenegro have staged a Zeljko song exactly like every single other Zeljko song to be at Eurovision. The backdrop is yet another one featuring stars and a nature backdrop, but the red and blue is at least something a little different. I’m not feeling hugely inspired by this one, but it was a safe enough performance by Knez. His voice is as strong as we expect from such a hugely experienced artist as well. There’s just nothing that makes me think that this is going to challenge for any big spots this year.
Montenegro’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: I’ve never been a Balkan ballad fan, and that hasn’t changed after today. There was nothing to grab me. The vocals and staging were all competent. Kudos to them for carrying the theme from their music video. We see mountains on the LED and the dancers are kitted out in traditional garb – it’s basically a live action Montenegrin tourism pitch. But the song remains a non-event. I’m not moved, I’m not excited, just indifferent.
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Photo: Elena Voltova (EBU)