Even when the beauty feels under the weather, the beauty can still smash it. Samra from Azerbaijan proved that during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016. Despite battling a minor illness since arriving in Stockholm, the Azeri stunner turned up and turned out.
The performance begins quite dark, with the light focusing on Samra as she stomps down the stage. Four dancers, two of whom also perform as her backing singers, join her on stage. This is the first time we’ve seen a piece of rehearsed and structured group choreography that actually got us excited.
The staging improved with each run through. The LED floor in combination with the backdrop pulsates with geometric lines in beige or yellow. Towards the end of the song an Emmelie De Forest-style rain shower douses Samra and her team while golden rain splashes back off the ground.
Samra performed in casual wear today. We have no doubt she’ll bring a “Miracle” of a dress during her second rehearsal. Once her health improves and the performance elements come together, she’ll surely have our mouths on the floor.
Azerbaijan: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
Azerbaijan: First Press conference 2016
Azerbaijan: Interview with Samra in Tel Aviv
Samra’s “Miracle”: Reviews and Reactions
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)