There’s no signs of doner kebabs or donuts in this performance, y’all! The first rehearsal for Kaliopi from FYR Macedonia has just taken place inside the Globen Arena in Stockholm and she absolutely nailed her live performance. There were flames. There were dramatic backing singers. There was the famous Kaliopi high note. This performance had everything!
The performance is angled by the cameras to clearly make Kaliopi the stand out. The camera pans into a the songstress who is utilising her best instrument – her voice.
As the lighting of the stage expands into a beautiful hue of burnt orange, it is revealed that Kaliopi is joined by four female backing vocalists and a drummer. There are subtle homages to paganism in the design of the angled back LED. As the song progresses, the pagan angled structure begins to burn, as flames creep up the back wall.
The song continues with similar staging right up until the end of the performance, until the final moment where she unleashes her famous yet unnecessary high note. We are unsure if she is a guaranteed qualfier, but it’s definitely one to watch.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)