A vision in a pair sequinned overalls. Francesca Michielin from Italy has just completed the first rehearsal of her song “No Degree of Separation” at Eurovision 2016. Francesca is giving us some Vogue Italia barnyard realness, complete with plastic vegetables and taxidermic poultry. All of that, and so far a favourite out of the first rehearsals from our automatic qualifiers.
The Italian presentation begins with a camera panning away from Francesca, slowly revealing a colourful and vibrant stage. Francesca is keeping it comfortable and simple, slaying overalls and a t-shirt whilst perched on a small circular step draped in flora. The background LED is completely filled with a luscious green tree and a blue sky – giving us flashbacks to building bridges in Vienna in 2015. Francesca is surrounded by obscure poles, each dressed with various balloons, fruits, butterflies, plants and jewels, also seen in her music video.
Francesca completely nailed her live vocal on every single run-through of her performance. For a girl who generally seems quite shy, she looked comfortable and confident on stage which is great to see.
One thing y’all won’t get to see until the actual final is televised is Francesca is consistently surrounded by white sketches and squiggles, sourcing inspiration from her official video. It adds a unique element to the Italian performance. We’ve definitely not seen this in Eurovision before.
All in all a fairly solid performance. Some of the staging decisions are a little obscure, and definitely got some mixed reviews amongst the press area. But we can unanimously agree that this is the best big five rehearsal we’ve seen so far.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)