It is high preview party season and last night 26 acts from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest performed live in Amsterdam at Eurovision in Concert 2016. Drawn from the four corners of Europe, all of the acts brought their A-game and sought to make a killer impression on the stage.
wiwibloggs got cosy for all the action inside the Melkweg. We were over-the-moon to once again see preview season dolls Hovi Star, Barei and Ira Losco. And we finally had a chance to enjoy star-turns from newcomers on this year’s preview party scene Poland, Austria and France. While we raised the roof with one hand, we snagged recordings of all the performances with the other and now you can decide who nailed it on the night. You can watch all 26 clips below, then vote in our poll for your favourite performances from Eurovision in Concert 2016. Vote for as many of your faves as you like — just make sure you tick all their names before you press submit.
EUROVISION IN CONCERT 2016: ALL THE LIVE PERFORMANCES
What went down
Inside the venue a number of acts that have been solid remained so. But there were also a few interesting surprises on the night. We’ll let you discover them for yourselves in the playlist, but we have to point out a few.
Poland’s Michal Szpak received some of the loudest applause of the night. After his performance the audience repeated the simple, but powerful hook of his song and he was visibly touched by their love.
Austria’s Zoë — who is always vocally on point — also shook the Melkweg. The response to her performance was so loud and rapturous that she actually broke down in tears on stage immediately after performing her song. Live it really came to life and you could tell she was feeding off the energy of the crowd. Some have said the song sounds monotonous, but when this beauty turns it out live in front of a massive audience watch out!
As all of you diehard fans know, Greta Salome’s performance has some amazing visuals. But even here — where she didn’t have a massive projection screen to work with — the Icelandic beauty still dazzled. The crowd clapped along like crazy and the Melkweg turned into a fierce cauldron of energy. Best of all she opened with an extended violin solo to set the scene.
A lot of Eurofans have expressed disappointment over Kaliopi’s “Dona” — inevitably comparing the studio version of this year’s entry to the live version of her 2012 number. But put your fears aside! The Macedonian diva proved once again that she slays live and the song took on an epic quality. Obviously there were a lot of Eurovision diehards in the audience who love this lady. But when she sang there was a huge upswing in energy and she gave a few wiwibloggers tingles when she belted out dona, dona, dona (yes, not donut, donut, donut).
It was our first opportunity to see Croatia’s Nina at a pre-party event and she did not disappoint. Once again she served some Ellie Goulding realness — those ethereal vocals were on point! But she added her own edgy touch with a billowing gown with chiffon wings. Channelling Madame Butterfly and a whole lot of edge, she made a strong case for herself to climb the scoreboard.