William: Call heaven — they’re missing an Angell. This morning the French songstress Lisa Angell put herself in major contention to win Eurovision 2015. Her LED screen simply and beautifully tells a story of perseverance — not just of the individual, but also of the French people who, in recent months, have stared terror in its face. The screen shows a city razed to the ground. As doves fly across the screen, the city slowly comes back to life. In the final moments three drummers appear on stage, and they multiply into dozens on the LED. As they march forward you can feel the power of Lisa’s voice and her lyrics: “I am here tonight, in the middle of these ruins, in order to talk about hope and to sing about life, and I make the promise that when the blood will dry, I will rebuild my village even more beautiful than before.”
France: Lisa Angell’s first rehearsal
Padraig: Epic staging. Stunning vocals. So so song. That’s the basic summary of France’s rehearsal. The use of the LED screen is genius. We watch as a vibrant town rises from post-war rubble. Doves flutter, an army of drummers arrive… this is totes emosh. Lisa’s singing is divine, and she clearly feels everything she sings. Sadly what she’s singing is rather dull. She won’t come dead last like Twin Twin, but this ain’t winning.
Lisa Angell: Review and reaction
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)