William: If you like neon pink, then you’re going to love this. Electro Velvet — aka Bianca & Alex — gave a very bright and endearing performance during their first rehearsal. Bianca wears a super pink dress that literaly (and electornically) lights up at the waist, while Alex looks dapper as always in his vintage suit. There are some nice staging elements — they have recreated the two staircases from their music video — and the camera angles are often very nice, as in a shot from behind the staircases looking back at the pair. The LEDs have a funky psychedelic vibe. The floor is dizzying, but fabulous.
And while ORF’s production team have done a good job adding a bit of gloss and shine to this number, it still feels a little flat and dated. The opening bars now feature all vocalists on stage shouting, “Dance!” It’s meant to get y’all in the mood to move, but it’s the most cringe-worthy moment in this and lets the rest of the act down. The two female dancers work well, but at times the two male dancers come off as awkward — most especially during the breakdance sequence. With a bit of tweaking this could do better than many predict, though I’m still predicting a finish outside the Top 20.
United Kingdom: Electro Velvet’s first rehearsal
Padraig: Not a disaster! ORF have really done well with the staging. The beginning screams Great Gatsby, and could almost be from the movie set. Even when it descends into neon kitsch half way through, it’s ok, falling into the so bad it’s good category. Electro Velvet have also improved themselves. Bianca and Alex actually gel on stage now, and they’re starting to show some charisma. Sadly, none of this fixes the song. It still sounds cheap and horribly dated.
Review: Electro Velvet’s first rehearsal
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Photo: Elena Volotova (EBU)