In their song “The Colour of Hope”, Bulgaria’s Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov say they want “to mix in all of the colors and then paint the dusty towns.” They lived up to their word during their first rehearsal bringing a splash of colour — and a massive LED rainbow.
The song opens with Gabriella standing halfway down a runway while a cascade of lights fall down her LED. The screen moves from red to green to blue, all beneath said rainbow. As Gabriella belts it out, a series of rhythmic gymnasts work the ribbons and their rubber balls, bending and snapping with ease. We’re talking London 2012 flexibility gold medal realness. Things really come alive when Ivan emerges from out of nowhere. Gabriela seems even more comfortable on stage when he’s there and they bring it home with some epic harmonies that, despite needing a little work, hint at potential magic.
At times the stage seems a little crowded and very busy — stars falling, ribbons twirling, ballerinas extending legs above head. It all makes it a little difficult to concentrate on Gabriela’s voice. Hopefully the delegation will strip things back and, failing that, producers can tweak their camera angles to bring Gabriela into sharper focus.
Junior Eurovision 2015: Bulgaria’s first rehearsal
Photo: EBU (Credit: Elena Volotova/Vladimir Dudakliev)