He came to play and now he’s here to slay. Jüri Pootsmann from Estonia has just completed his first rehearsal at the Globen Arena in Stockholm, and needless to say we were quite impressed!
Jüri donned a double-breasted navy suit and a pair of glasses and wore his blonde hair slicked back, giving him a whole new level of class. Playing on the James Bond Casino Royale theme, he filled the stage with LED playing cards, including expensive clubs and spades. The back wall of LED’s feature vintage baroque style images. And a colour palette of red, gold and white give us money, honey!
Despite all the fabulous, there is one small caveat. At one point Jüri performs a magic trick in which he pulls out a playing card from his pocket and throws it away, only to see it return magically to his hand a few moments later. The cheap gimmick really takes away from what is an otherwise sophisticated performance.
This is, of course, the first rehearsal and everything is subject to change, so we’re hoping they’ll delete said magic trick. Regardless Estonia’s performance remains one of the most memorable of the semi final and that should help Estonia breeze into the grand final.
Estonia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
Estonia: First press conference 2016
Estonia: Interview with Jüri after his first rehearsal
Jüri Pootsmann’s “Play”: Reviews and Reactions
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)