Call it a case of a dress wearing a girl, rather than a girl wearing a dress. Kamila Ismailova’s stunning white gown, draped in mirrors down the left side, was the centrepiece of her first rehearsal at Junior Eurovision 2015. It’s so big she has to stand on a platform to let it reach full length. The glistening train you see in the opening verse is only temporary: it actually consists of four backing dancers who themselves are wrapped in tin foil and decorated with mirrors. Their faces are obscured with masks to create a futuristic robot effect. It’s slightly unsettling not seeing their facial expressions, but their ability to pop and lock and nail their choreography more than makes up for it.
The LED is simple — pink and purple with flashes of silver — yet so effective. It provides a sufficiently interesting background that brings the very expensive costumes and choreography into sharper focus. The staging is chic and classy, and would do an oligarch proud. Kamila’s vocals were uneven today, and at times she seemed to need a glass of water. But no matter: she’s got plenty of time to iron out her issues and sparkle light her clothing.
Junior Eurovision 2015: San Marino’s first rehearsal
Photo: EBU (Credit: Elena Volotova/Vladimir Dudakliev)