Slovenia have stripped it all back for their first rehearsal at Junior Eurovision 2015. The staging is very minimal. Lina Kuduzovic stands alone, dressed in a plain white dress. As she sings “Prva ljubezen”, her ballad to first love, the background changes between various shades of blue, while spotlights shine to the sky. And that’s it. No dancers. No backing singers. With such simplicity, we’re forced to focus on Lina’s pitch perfect vocals. The bigger stage certainly hasn’t dented her confidence, and her delivery is every bit as good as the performance which won her the Slovenian ticket in Mini EMA.
It’s a bold move by Slovenia. While simple staging can allow one to focus more on the singer, it also has its drawbacks. And of course, they’ve been thwarted by it at both Eurovision 2015 and last year’s Junior Eurovision. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out on screen.
Update: In subsequent takes the backdrop was filled with castles and hearts… not so simple after all. You can get a taster in the JuniorEurovision.tv photo gallery.
Junior Eurovision 2015: Slovenia’s first rehearsal
Photo: EBU (Credit: Elena Volotova/Vladimir Dudakliev)