Back in March Frans stormed to victory at Melodifestivalen with a simple and stirring performance that hinged on his voice and his song rather than fancy pyro or exploding LED screens. Today during his first rehearsal he stuck to that formula, essentially cutting and pasting his performance from Melodifestivalen. The performance takes well to the big stage and Frans seems even more isolated from his surroundings. It enhances the mood and adds to the visceral quality on show.
There are two slight changes. One sees the camera pan out super high as a white spotlight appears near his feet. It makes Frans seem like he is shrinking as a gold lyric appears above his head. The second change sees Frans walk down the catwalk to a platform in the audience. For me that doesn’t really fit with the song, whose strength comes from purity and simplicity. The flying flags and screaming fans will surely distract from that.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)