Barei from Spain has just completed the second rehearsal of her song “Say Yay!” at Eurovision 2016 and much like first rehearsal, she sounded and looked amazing. Her live vocal slays the pack. She’s oozing confidence and sex and has us begging for more! The camera angles and the backing vocalists have improved a lot since the first rehearsal, but there is still something missing and it’s very difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s lacking.

The staging from the first rehearsal was identical in the second rehearsal – triangles aplenty in shades of neon green and pink. The staging still doesn’t match the power of the song or Barei’s vocal, so in a way it does feel like a bit of a mismatch.

Barei’s backing vocalists also seem to lack energy. “Say Yay!” is an anthem. It needs power and oomph to at least match, if not elevate the song to another level. The dance moves are sloppy and awkward. On a positive note, the voices of the backing vocalists have improved significantly since the first rehearsal.

It will be interesting to see how Barei fairs in the grand final. There’s so many positives about this performance but the negatives do make a big impact.

SPAIN: SECOND REHEARSAL AT EUROVISION 2016

Interview with Barei after her second rehearsal

BAREI: PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER FIRST REHEARSAL

SPAIN: REACTION TO FIRST REHEARSAL

READ ALL OF OUR EUROVISION REHEARSAL REVIEWS

Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

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saschee
saschee
4 years ago
@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

I sort of agree with Oxana. The job of backing singers is to sing.

You have to be extremely fit to be able to dance and sing at the same time and produce perfect vocals.

One thing you CANNOT do in the ESC is mess up your vocals, the juries will punish you straight away. It’s just not worth taking the risk perhaps?

saschee
saschee
4 years ago

It’s this year’s more modern and chic entry. It doesn’t look like Eurovision at all, it’s more like the MTV Awards or Superbowl interact… I agree about the backing singers, they should be less visible, but the rest is really really cool,

sadly maybe not for the average Eurovision viewer …

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

all of you, why don’t you get rid of your cliche that her vocalists HAVE TO dance and entertain you? They are telling you story – from shy awkward moves to complete dance at the end. like you started to learn dance moves and got success at the end. why don’t you stop saying silly things with a face of experts?
if you cannot understand what’s going on on stage, learn how to do it! don’t blame Barei for your own stupid cliches and lack of intelligence!

Maclaren
Maclaren
4 years ago

So reaction from other bloggers: Oikotimes called Barrei’s back singers robotic and random people ‘taken from the street’. OnEurope said Italy was refreshing after bad vocals from Spain and France. ESC bubble stated that they are ‘underwhelmed’. Spain needs to listen to feedback rather than playing drama queen

Rhino
Rhino
4 years ago

Backing Vocalists should stay aside, BUT NOT GO.

My motivation: I want to see Brequette’s hair on the great night 😀 Those girls are as cool as Barei.

If she’s ready to change some easy things like this one, just bring coherency to the meaning of her song, she’s gonna be great on the night. IMHO Barei fills the stage as no other this year with her expressions and that powerful gaze her eyes always give.

james
james
4 years ago

If they are not dancers, what are you doing Barei bringing them on stage? why not to bring real dancers? maybe from the video as they are so cool and funny sometimes. I don’t get it. You have a good song and this could be such a hit on stage. Why you want to show the world a group of uncoordinated, out of tone, and boring backing vocals? why? put them on the side, hide them or don’t bring them at all!!

Soderbergh
Soderbergh
4 years ago

For the little things those BVs are doing (which are not dancers BTW) they should be on the stage sides. Leave Barei alone right there and give lots of close-ups for Barei and also for the BVs too.

JoséT
JoséT
4 years ago

Good or bad, she’s doing all this on her own. She’s a singer and composer, but she’s not a specialist in this scenography thing. It’s a F shame the RTVE spanish delegation is so full of “apoltronados añejos” (public tv servants that don’t want to lose their job, they’re just there for the money) They are so useless and so outdated in understanding what Eurovision is now that I don’t even know what they still doing there. Too many years in the past killing good or great songs with misconceptions. And this year they’re not giving any kind of help… Read more »

Stoltidis
Stoltidis
4 years ago

Barei is too expressive that she should be the main focus.

And she should have lots of face shots.

Where I have to look when the five of them appear in the same shot? They’re not even doing the same action. Barei is dancing free and those BV are doing their routine. Very confusing.

Give separate TV shots for everyone. Don’t betray this way a magnificient song like this one.

Miki
Miki
4 years ago

That’s true @Kreuzbergfan. I think barei is too humble that she wants to share the stage with her friends, as a gesture of appreciation. What she’s probably missing is that she’s sacrificing her own message. This is her personal story, she should be there alone and maybe join them when the celebration part starts. I mean, you can still share your leadership, giving the backing vocalists some camera shots, but she shouldn’t be with them during the overcoming process part (until the fall) She should take care of these details if she really wants to send her message. It’s not… Read more »

Kreuzbergfan
Kreuzbergfan
4 years ago

I love the stage and Barei’s energy, but those backing singer do nothing there… they really need to go…

imagine Loreen with 4 backing singers behind her doing some weird moves… this is the same. Barei does not need more than her on the stage

Michael
Michael
4 years ago

Found this (some tv shots included)

http://blogs.20minutos.es/dando-la-nota/2016/05/08/exclusiva-asi-veras-por-la-tele-la-actuacion-de-barei-en-eurovision/

Looking so much better, huh?

In fact looks exciting, modern and different from that flood of blue and red acts we have this year.

Nooooentratodo
Nooooentratodo
4 years ago

I give them to the web , a piece 0 , as the eyelets of ass q must have

Pepinazopadentro
Pepinazopadentro
4 years ago

les doy a los de la web, un pedazo 0, como los ojetes del culo q deben de tener

abretetodoloquepuedas
abretetodoloquepuedas
4 years ago

Entre los comentarios que hace las de wiiiiwiiiloggs y el resto, yo les diría q se calmen con algún pepino

estoesloqhay
estoesloqhay
4 years ago

lo mejor para mi como ganadores absolutos del festival son la panda de maricas de wiwiloggs q hay en tampoco espacio

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Spain drew 2nd Half

Seb
Seb
4 years ago

I hope they’re rewatching the videotapes and understanding how important is to set up a 3 minute motivating atmosphere that follows the steps of their musical rhythmic base. You just need to listen the karaoke version and pay attention to every detail, every specific sound to find where you have to put your “visual needles”, like if this was an acupuncture session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS0HBnUIe9U Then use every light, shade, camera effect, camera shot or travel needed to go along with these specific sounds. I mean, this performance is all about not missing a lone camera shot. If they use lots of… Read more »

Neriel
Neriel
4 years ago

Then backing plants from Italy have more life than this vocalist and choreo

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

please use the link from Julen comment and watch her back vocalists to create their dance from simple half-moves to complete dance at the end. it’s the idea of evolution of dance. they are not just to shake their butty to please the audience, they are telling the story.
Do you really want Spain to remove their story concept because you’re failing to see obvious things? God save us from EXPERTS, give us couple of eyes and a slice of brain to translate what we just saw!

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

The fall is so weird.

We love stars, flowers, pyros and blue and red leds
We love stars, flowers, pyros and blue and red leds
4 years ago

Enzo, I think and hope you are right! It’s logical they are prepearing this for the TV and not for the fans viewing and reviewing rehershals! I hope they know what they are doing and always reading/ listenings to critics for improvement. All in all we are talking about a winning song and an amazing performer, so it will be quite funny to see all betters losing money not trusting Spain’s chances!

mad-professor
mad-professor
4 years ago

@Eugene
ESCReporterTV usually has good videos.

Spain is continuing to slip in the odds and you can understand why. It just looks like a mess. The outfits are bad, the energy is off, the backing vocalists are distracting. I think this may end up doing worse than Edurne.

Enzo
Enzo
4 years ago

Why some of you are putting spanish chances down? With Spain is always the same: hype or over criticism. Why so bipolar? This performance is super TV oriented. It’s about body and facial expressions. Dance, lights, shades, emotions… If you see it from a static camera shot like this one, this obviously loses all its charm. Becomes anticlimatic and boring. OFC this is not what you’ll see on your TV screen. Spain has chosen not to use an informative visual background and I agree with this. This song doesn’t need distractions, but they need to nail every camera shot and… Read more »

jPod
jPod
4 years ago

Who the hell is the choreographer? They should be fired! Spain, for once, has an anthem-like song, and this the lackluster performance they’ll be giving us next week? C’mon! They need two or three male Hip-Hop dancers to interact with Barei and two female backing vocalists in the background. After watching the second rehearsal, I’m sad to say that Spain will tank.

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

I do hope there will be more energy on Saturday cause the song needs it.
Other than that it’s a great song that deserves to do well.

No comment
No comment
4 years ago

Lmao guys I hope she doesn’t flop like Edurne.

Zois
Zois
4 years ago

Why Barei?You have one of the best songs in the contest.you have a great voice,you’ve made an energetic and powerfull video and you bring that to the stage?Akward movents from the backing vocalists and a static perfomance.I was expenting more.Just check Belgium’s perfomance to understand what is missing from Spain.

Escfan
Escfan
4 years ago

Today I completly agree with Wiwibloggs. There’s something missing and it is the stage presence. The back vocalists need to move more!! It is a real anthem as Wiwi said!! And please we should use other lights colours!! On the other hand, Barei was amazing as always and the back vocalists were on point as the other day (Brequette should not make those notes so high). If we improve these details we could reach a top 10, if not we would end up in the bottom with logical reasons

eurofan
eurofan
4 years ago

unfortunately… spain will be fighting for being 15-20 or even worse.
the coreo is horrible except the fall, their clothes are horrible too.
the voice of barei is perfect, ok, but not enough….
sorry for spain! it is not a question of language… it is a question of bringing a good song together with a show which makes your song grow.
more luck nest year…and please in Spanish… you can shine in Spanish… but in English you are just one song more

Džordž
Džordž
4 years ago

backing singers arent suppose to move too much. they have one job only-to help the lead singer with the song. But maybe they could swap two singers with dancers and the rest of backing singer put somewhere else… That would be better. Other than that I like the outfits and the simplicity of stage.

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

@Poom, well said. couldn’t agree more!

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

This song is so much on the video. There’s no energy in the performance, it’s all rather lacklustre and the staging is just plain odd. Say nay nay nay.

Kreuzbergfan
Kreuzbergfan
4 years ago

less backing singers and more lights… and it will be a top 5 contender
it’s simple, right?

pp
pp
4 years ago

Looks like somebody just can’t accept the fact the staging and the backing vocalists are just not quite right by blaming it on WIWI. This song doesn’t deserve this kind of staging. Disappointed.

wozzeck
wozzeck
4 years ago

It’s funny to read how this performance is lacking something but Dami Im sitting on a box for three minutes is not.

Having said that, I share the concerns with the backing singers. I would prefer not having them on stage and having a some fierce slick dancers instead.

Poom
Poom
4 years ago

Thanks Wiwis for this review! I hope Spain will fix all these issues, but, to me it’s just so good! My concern is still the backing vocalists, which could be more energetic and not so static. But, I see no mention of the beautiful double effect and the fall on this article, key elements on her performance. It’s fun and makes-you-dance so badly! The message is so inspiring and the fall is part of it. The backing vocalists makes some sign language moves & this is also quite interesting to me. The quote: “There’s so many positives about this performance… Read more »

Mr. Abbott
Mr. Abbott
4 years ago

It’s insulting to see Brequette as a back singer. She is better singer than Barei and deserved to be the protagonist.

maria
maria
4 years ago

The only thing this needs is more movement, the backing singers/dancers could even do the same dance but with more energy and it would already be better. The feet dance felt anticlimatic in the second rehearsal video, like you were expecting a burst and she was just doing the movements way too slowly. I wish they could capture the energy in the videoclip.

Haye
Haye
4 years ago

This simply is and always was a low cost contender. The song is annoying as hell, and so is she.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Score based on jury criteria :- 6/10 Nice vocals, nice outfit, nice presentation, but nothing really blows me away apart from the song. Barei is much improved since National Final though. Unfortunately I have seen several videos but nobody seems to want to show us the bigger picture of the staging, so we will have to wait until we see it on the TV. Not too keen on the bit when it went black and then she is on the floor, it is not needed. I agree with Josh, it seems to be “missing a little something” to elevate it… Read more »

We love stars, flowers, pyros and blue and red leds
We love stars, flowers, pyros and blue and red leds
4 years ago

Totally agree Marco! They need more Life in this performance, bright colors in the main part and the end. Silver and blue don’t match this song. The dress of the backing singers, though ok, is not the best. More urban would be better? Even hidden? Barei we want party and cheer in here!

Alvaricomg
Alvaricomg
4 years ago

I hope (pray) that they are serving the energy until Friday and specially saturday, I wanna see the whole arena jumping and having fun.
I really like the outfits, it’s Barei-ish

writeitwithK
writeitwithK
4 years ago

I do think the backing singers improved a bit since last Friday, however i think they should dance and move MUCH MORE to really transmit the power and good vibes of the song. At the same time, i think they should introduce lots of LIGHTS during the chorus, I mean, I know there is lighting already but I really feel this song demands much more energy and movement, it needs to make people want to move, dance and just go crazy!

Kreuzbergfan
Kreuzbergfan
4 years ago

the backing singers NEED TO GO, or hide them somewhere in the background… the rest is perfection, barei looks fierce, her energy is amazing and her singing is great, possible top 10

hasa
hasa
4 years ago

The backing singers need to get on the groove, otherwise I think it was a very good performance from Barei.

Marco
Marco
4 years ago

Why don’t they use some bright colours? Red, gold, yellow, orange? This is an upbeat fun song! Bue-grey-silver will not work…