Sandhja first rehearsal

You don’t need tickets to this disco! During her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016, Finland’s Sandhja was holding back but we could still feel the energy. Wearing a light blue jump suit with an open back, Sandhja serves discotheque realness with major swagger. The silver shards that run from her neck to just south of her breasts add a flash of 70s glam which really fits with this. She drops it like it’s hot and employs a series of female backing dancers — lots of girl on girl! — that adds sizzle to this sultry number.

In terms of staging, Sandhja starts out solo giving us face, face, face. Then when her dancers arrive the energy goes up a notch. Sadly her dancers don’t really fill the stage. I kept having flashbacks to Mei Finegold from Israel back in 2014. The wide shots make the massive stage seem somewhat empty, particularly during the bridge of the song when Sanhja walks down the catwalk alone and to a platform in the middle of the audience. The floor is largely black and flashes with geometric pink, yellow and orange shapes. At one point there is a massive pink triangle. Coupled with all the lady-on-lady thrusting, one could argue there’s a subtle LGBT reference going on.

Finland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

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 Photo: Andres Putting (EBU Eurovision.tv)
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Denis
Denis
4 years ago

Underrates entry that could surprise. it’s catchy and makes you feel good
The dress is one step away from camel toe though!

ASRID
ASRID
4 years ago

Is she pregnant?

oxyk
oxyk
4 years ago

one of the few songs this year that makes you dance and feel good. If Sandhja were from Russia or Sweden she’d be a favorite and winner in everyone’s eyes. Yet she’s getting very scarce recognition even when all participants is being highlighted. I feel sad for a Finland. they have such a nice song and so little support from international community. I consider this song as one of the possible winners or top 10 act. In the world where no one looks at the country name and just listen to music and voice, it’s what Sandhja deserves. her voice… Read more »

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

The dancers are really off-putting indeed, at least from what I’ve seen.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

okay from what’s been revealed on the Eurovision channel… yikes
that leotard pantsuit whatever she’s wearing is a little too tight
loving the neon in the background tho
it’s a great opener song

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Eugene :- 2 Eugene’s can the ESC world cope?

The snippets will be released on this link first (only 2 so far) :-

https://www.youtube.com/user/eurovision/videos

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

I think she has a shot, I see her in top 10 in juries, not in televoting. But maybe enough to be 9th or 10th overall.
We’ll have one or two shock suprises in this semifinal and probably one of the favourites to qualify will fail.

GEF
GEF
4 years ago

It is not bad. I actually really like it but I can’t see it qualifying in such a tough Semi final. Finland has only few supporters in that Semi (Sweden and Iceland) but that won’t be enough I guess. I hope they will make it even though I prefer a few other songs in this Semi final (Czech Republic, Armenia, Netherlands, Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia,…) It is on par with some others for me (Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Iceland..).

Eugene
Eugene
4 years ago

Will there be 30-sec videos today?

OR
OR
4 years ago

Nicky91what do u mean her visitor massage?? Im just ciries:)

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@georgekirkas

just write a comment below my topic on semi final 1 qualifiers 🙂

@Darcy

this must qualify so vote for it 🙂

Darcy
4 years ago

This song is definitely one of the more underrated in the contest but have a feeling this will place 11-12 in the semi-final.

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
4 years ago

@Nicky91

Thank you very much, I found it! I want to write a comment in the article about the qualifiers of Semi-Final 1, how do I do that?

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@georgekirkas

don’t you see your visitor messages at your profile, well the links are there 🙂

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
4 years ago

@Nicky91

How can I see those links?

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@georgekirkas

well there are articles, also about other things then eurovision, i created the eurovision social group

and i’ve sent you a couple of links to the eurovision thread, my x factor game and a link to the eurovision social group 🙂

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
4 years ago

@Nicky91

I don’t really understand the forum. Aren’t there articles like here on Wiwibloggs?

Babychops
Babychops
4 years ago

Nicky , i agree with you she has a fantastic song together with a fantastic voice . All i am saying is she is in a very tough group not only for the songs but also close countries voting for each other.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@Babychops

Semi of death, i don’t understand that, if you and your friends just vote enough for this song, it will qualify 🙂 🙂

Sandhja, is very underrated and i hope she slays on the night

Babychops
Babychops
4 years ago

Come on finland lets go back to the German disco beat of the 90’s i.e Milli Vanilli shame they are in the semi of death, as this would easily progress from the poor second semi.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

yeah great to hear this, i can see this qualifying, nice catchy rhythm and a bit of disco amazing 🙂 🙂