During his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016, Latvia’s Justs stood on his own — and he was standing tall. The “Heartbeat” singer wore his signature leather jacket and bobbed in place, once again serving a unique brand of detached cool. As at Supernova he doesn’t rely on theatrics and over-the-top staging, but rather his voice, song and ability to vogue to the camera.
The number starts with Justs standing on a grey LED floor with subtle blue accents. It almost feels like he is emerging from a mausoleum. A series of three white lines then appear down the centre, creating some sort of futuristic, intergalactic road. But just as quickly as that appears the camera pans away, framing Justs’ face against the vast space. During the chorus everything goes red. During the bridge the floor transforms into some sort of blue static vista — kind of like when your TV goes all black-and-white fuzzy.
Vocally you can’t fault this. Once again it sounded like the .mp4 of the studio version was shooting out of his mouth and into the arena.
Latvia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
Latvia: First press conference 2016
Latvia: Interview with Justs in Stockholm
Justs’ “Heartbeat”: Reviews and Reactions
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)