Russia’s Sergey Lazarev is ready to move mountains at Eurovision — and it looks like he’s ready to climb them too! The Eurovision front-runner performs a complicated climbing series in front of his LED screen. It’s very dark and during his first run-through he missed a jump as he climbed across the screen. A true showman who understands the meaning of perseverance, he took a short break, picked himself up and got back into action.
The number starts with a close up of his face in total darkness. Then he stands before an LED screen and sprouts black wings. The darkness and interaction with the wall give us shades of Måns Zelmerlöw and Greta Salome, while the wings smack of Charlotte Perrelli’s staging for “The Girl” (minus all the pink).
But this ups the ante. It’s not simple at all — as evidenced by the fall as he somehow climbs pillars jutting out of the LED wall. At many points he invokes the music video. He lays down and seems to float in space. He stands on a pillar as the ground collapses around him. He seems to ride an iceberg floating in space. And at the end he stands on top of a massive box before an LED sun. Surely for some fans the bright ending with the sun rising reflects his rising chance of winning.
His backing dancers appear only briefly, performing the choreography we’ve grown familiar with during the Eurovision 2016 promotional season. Their absence adds lift, but there disappearance reminds us this is all about Sergey.
As for the vocals you can’t fault him — he was totally on point. One of his backing vocalists, however, seemed a tad loud. The female voice needs to be muted a tad so Sergey can fully shine.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)