During his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016 France’s Amir sought to deliver an out-of-this-world performance. To that end he stood on stage alone amid a starry galaxy — both on the floor and the wall — that was filled with swiftly moving planets and rays of silver and purple light. Rather than transporting us to another universe, it seemed take us to Junior Eurovision, where the intergalactic space scene is among the most overdone tropes. This felt rather cliché and totally beneath Amir’s lovely vocals and killer song.
Very little happens in the performance. Amir stands on his own — backing vocalists hidden — and does his best to work the camera, which pans in and out on his face. There’s nothing wrong with him. He’s a confident performer with major charisma. The problem is everything around him. The stage swallows him and that makes him look incredibly lost and small. I’d almost like producers to push his backing vocalists onto the stage so there is more motion and life.
I hope and I pray that France presses reboot on this LED — Amir deserves better!
France: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
France: First press conference 2016
Amir’s “J’ai cherché”: Reviews and Reactions
France: Interview with Amir in Stockholm
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)