Barei from Spain has just finished her first rehearsal of “Say Yay!” at Eurovision 2016 and we are not saying yay. Barei is absolutely flawless – her vocal is flawless, her costume looks fierce and she is nailing that iconic Barei dance move. What let’s it down is everything else outside of Barei herself.
The performance starts with a dark stage scene with lights billowing from the back of the stage. Barei works her microphone stand, absolutely slaying the life out of the slow part in the beginning. As the song gradually builds, producers introduce more light and triangular shapes appear on the LED floor – predominantly in shades of turquoise, purple, green and white.
It seems that Barei cannot win when it comes to backing vocalists. We knew this was an issue in the Spanish national final and it’s an issue in her Eurovision performance too. We are unsure whether or not it’s a teething issue or if the backing singers just sing out of tune, but it is a huge issue and makes the song sound really off.
Barei looks amazing in her outfit. She’s wearing a thigh skimming gold dress with those tricky shoes that look like sneakers but are actually heels. The backing vocalists’ costumes are incredibly unflattering. They look frumpy and awkward wearing an oversized rugby guernsey made of a cheap sequinned fabric paired with black converse shoes.
During the first chorus, Barei stages a “twisted ankle” and falls on stage. The press centre legitimately thought she had hurt herself — until she looked up to the lights and sang a cappella for a brief second. The press centre erupted in applause.
Overall, Barei was great. We give her twelve points and pray that RTVE can sort out her backing singers ahead of the final.
Spain: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
Spain: First press conference 2016
Barei’s “Say Yay!”: Reviews and Reactions
Spain: Interview with Barei in London
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)