Padraig: The biggest let down of the day? For weeks now Norway has been suggested as a potential dark horse. But after today, I seriously doubt we’ll be heading to Oslo any time soon. As with practically all the previous rehearsals, the vocals are fine. Alas, the staging is just a damp squib. The LED screen is virtually unused, save for some orange and white light. The costumes are also lacking. All white ensembles brought victory to Johnny Logan and El & Nikki, however, for a song as dark as this they seem inappropriate. There’s definitely something missing, whether it’s smoke, pyro or both.

Norway’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015

Mørland & Debrah Scarlett: Reviews and Reactions

Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)

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Tobias
Tobias
6 years ago

I don’t think we’ve seen the final version of their staging. But let’s not forget the top 3 last year all went very easy on the special effects. No pyrotechnics and minimal LED effects (maybe except for Austria, but even they did cover the LED floor in fog)

Deea
Deea
6 years ago

I won’t comment upon the staging, as this is not the real problem in my opinion. What I do find concerning is the fact that, though the song is great, when it comes to vocals I feel that something is not right.

fikri
fikri
6 years ago

did the forget they’re in eurovision? where are all the dramatic staging? :/

Mario
Mario
6 years ago

@ Bavarson
Well really not ok at all of you to call Conchita a [email protected]
I have read how many of your comments here and they just do not make sense..
I’m not persuaded that you are normal real user…
You go and post just whatever in how many articles..

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

Still growing on me – dark horse material but I feel like Morland is pulling most of the weight. Very excited to see the whole thing – I think the simplicity works fine here.

ESCFAN11
ESCFAN11
6 years ago

Staging….? LED…? Costume..? Pyro..? Smoke..? I thought it was the Song Contest? Not On Stage Contest?
A winner for me!

Lils
Lils
6 years ago

If you have a dark song, go all the way and make your outfits black with dark lighting. The staging doesn’t match the song at all, if you had the sound off, you’d think they were singing a happy love song.

Mar
Mar
6 years ago

Loving the outfits, specially hers, take some notes Trijntje. There’s nothing wrong with minimalism, too many graffics would ruin a song like this, but I’m missing the choreography and the darkness from NMGP

Adams
Adams
6 years ago

I like the minimalism of this performance.

Excellent outfits! 🙂

George
6 years ago

@ Milla

It’s EuroVISION.

George
6 years ago

Hot mess.

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
6 years ago

this is just first rehearsal and thi video shows less then 40 seconds of it, They are nor working on camera etc. its first rehearsal they just testing the vocal etc. not looking at the show. They seemed relaxed becaus ethey already had their rehearsal before they won national final they can just have fun for now 🙂

Gav
Gav
6 years ago

If it was just a song contest the studio versions would be used more but we sit and watch so it’s performance based topi am utterly gutted that this has not captured some of the feeling from the video.

Milla
Milla
6 years ago

Ooooh so now a song people find great depend on good staging? I thought a song should not depend on a good staging?? That’s what I’ve been told. P**e

Arianator
Arianator
6 years ago

But Ell & Nikki is better

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
6 years ago

Great song. Bland staging. Let’s hope Morland and Debrah and team are reading these comments before the next rehearsal. There are lots of songs in recent years that have been very different after first rehearsal through to semi final. Let’s hope..

Bogdan Honciuc
6 years ago

Yikes. Looks like the staging from Eurovision in Concert. There must be an issue with the graphics or something, I can’t accept this otherwise. I love me some minimalism, but not like this.

Vocally they’re going to nails this I’m sure, but this isn’t a radio show. Please fix this asap, Norway.

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
6 years ago

ouch, this looks like borderline qualifier now….. Norway’s in danger :O

Jack
Jack
6 years ago

They should be in black

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

They semed too relaxed. Maybe they are saving their energy for the semi?

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

Most of the artists still have to show us something more, a bit more hapiness & perhaps some more fun. ESC is not only a competition it’s also ENTERTAINMENT.
It’s party time therefore they should enjoy themeselves during the rehearsals.

wozzeck
wozzeck
6 years ago

Maybe NRK doesn’t want to host the show again next year and is trying to low down their chances, which are huge with such a magnificent song. Can’t find other explanation since the Melodi Grand Prix staging was just perfect.

Deniz@TurkNL
6 years ago

There must be something we didn’t see indeed, I hope.

Wokkel
Wokkel
6 years ago

@Bavarson “That fag of Austria”? Show some respect would you?
I like the Norwegian song though but there is still a lot of work to be done!!!

T
T
6 years ago

This is like Iceland 2012 all over again. Watch this flop.

Guyguy
Guyguy
6 years ago

Never understood the hype around this boring song!!
0 points

Steven
Steven
6 years ago

Didn’t like it before and this confirmed it.

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

Wrong again bavarson, what about Marija Šerifovi? ? She wasn’t dancing about either.

ct
ct
6 years ago

Ok, first things first. This dress is fantastic, the best we have seen so far. His outfit is also dapper but I would prefer if the jacket wasn’t white as well. From the photos I’ve seen they are bathed in very noir-ish lighting which actually fits the mood of the song perfectly. Nothing to say about the background as it is blank really. So there’s not much to judge about the success of this entry at this stage – not until we see the final camera work live on tv. Her vocals don’t sound that good in this little snippet… Read more »

Per
Per
6 years ago

OMG so boooooooring. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

0 points

Nebi
Nebi
6 years ago

The staging at the country final took a fantastic song and blew it out of the stratosphere. It was so powerful in it’s simplicity that I couldn’t wait to see what they would do in Vienna. Based on what little I could see in this clip, I am stunned that they just stood up and sang it. This has to be a head fake. It cannot be what we see next week or it will be THE disappointment of the contest.

bavarson
bavarson
6 years ago

Where is the choreography from national final?????

Adam
Adam
6 years ago

I was thinking today how much this reminded me of Running Scared from 2011. A ballad between a boy and a girl, the female singer can’t really sing that well live (though miiiiiles better than Nikki), and also one of the favorites in a year where anyone can win. Now to add to that, they got that white-ish background to fit their song. I gotta say it is a letdown though, they seem so still and bland. If they at least had the same staging as they did during MGP, then it’d be a lot better. But it’ll qualify no… Read more »

Maltish
Maltish
6 years ago

I agree with wiwi. This was the biggest dissapointmenet of the day.

Alison
Alison
6 years ago

I’m so disappointed. I want dark and broody and that incredible sweeping camera with their backs against each other. Don’t fix something that isn’t broken…

Darren
Darren
6 years ago

Kind of disappointing for Norway if I’m totally honest, they are my winners this year. They could have made much more use of the stage, although, maybe there will be a pyrotechnic shower at the climax, which wont be used until the second rehearsal. Regardless, Im sure they will still qualify because the song is popular and they have Sweden in their semi, who usually vote for them.