William: During Edurne’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015, Spanish members of the press corps were shouting and clapping just 20 seconds after it started. I can understand why: Edurne’s performance has the potential to be absolutely epic. Wearing a glittering red cape with hood, she starts out crouched on the ground, hovering over her sexilicious dancer Giuseppe di Bella, who is playing dead. LED raindrops fall behind her and she walks across an LED floor of rippling water. As the performance proceeds he pulls back a massive red train on her cape, eventually ripping it off to reveal a glittering gold dress with a long slit. When the two begin dancing it’s like Dancing with the Stars on steroids. It’s fast. It’s powerful. It’s professional. And he even spins her around his neck. There is one kink — when Giuseppe exits the stage he’s visible on camera, and it’s really awkward as he crawls away. But surely the producers will sort that out soon.
Spain: Edurne’s first rehearsal
Padraig: Someone call Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, because Edurne is channelling some biblical realness. Giuseppe, her god-like dancer, plays the role of Christ while she’s Mary Magdalene. But she’s tweaked the plot. The performance begins with Giuseppe in her lap, but as he rises from the dead Edurne shunts him aside and takes centre stage. She glows in gold, and totally owns the show. Vocals were on point, and once the camera angles are sorted this should head straight to the top ten.
Edurne: Review and reaction
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)