On Monday we feared that Albania‘s first rehearsal was perhaps too simple. Judging by today’s second rehearsal, we needn’t have worried. Mishela Rapo was on form again this afternoon, and absolutely worked the stage in a bespoke white dress. The gown is adorned with clouds, houses, rainbows and musical notes, along with greetings in multiple languages. Coupled with the white tights and shoes it gives Mishela an angelic like appearance. A fitting look for one gifted with the voice of an angel. Dibbi-dibbi-dumbaje indeed!
During her first rehearsal at Junior Eurovision 2015, Albania’s Mishela served Carribean realness. As the calypso did its thing, she stood in place and kept the laidback vibe going. It was like a summer breeze! Her dance moves — swaying arm motions, choreographed finger twirls and gentle turning at the hips — takes us to Barbados or Jamaica and feels completely organic to the song. Her vocals were on point, even if she struggled to hear herself in her earpiece — she had to stop the first run-through and let the producers know.
The song opens with a black sky filled with green clouds. But baby, the sun is coming! When she reaches the first verse spotlights go yellow and the LED transforms into a stainglass window scene of oranges and yellows, and later greens and blues. It’s simple — perhaps too simple at this point — but she wasn’t wearing her costume, which could be transformative during her next rehearsal. The camera angles, which are typically adjusted as the week progresses, will help give this more pace and drive.
Junior Eurovision 2015: Albania’s first rehearsal
Photo: EBU (Elena Volotova & Vladimir Dudakliev)