Gabriela Guncikova has been rising in the betting odds over the past week and today she made it clear why. During her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016 the Czech starlet brought the total package — voice, song, staging, LED, and presence.
Some of us have never been a fan of the studio version, moaning that it gets a tad monotonous. But when you hear Gabriela sing this live the song comes to life. Her vocals were 100% on-point. She didn’t miss a note and, more importantly, she added emotion, soul and dimension.
The song starts in darkness and Gabriela slowly emerges wearing a white, floor-sweeping skirt with form-fitting bodice. Then, in what may be the most brilliant use of the LED floor and wall yet, we see her now famous purple, pink and blue geometric branding. The camera swoops back and she seems to disappear into the pink. Her white dress reflects the light of the floor well, making Gabriela a dynamic vessel of light.
Our one reservation is the ending, when the LED screen transforms into a shower of pink and white flowers. It’s less chic and sophisticated than the rest of her performance and gives us major shades of Zöe, who sings later in the same semi final.
Czech Republic: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
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Gabriela Guncikova’s Press Conference
Interview with Gabriela Guncikova
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)