Australia frequently rides under the radar before bringing the house down at Eurovision. And they definitely surprised us this morning as Isaiah Firebrace oozed class and soul during his first rehearsal. The 17-year-old star stands on a Lazy Susan — you know, that wooden table that you use to pass the bread and butter. At times it turns him, but at other times he walks against the grain, suggesting the struggle that he discusses in his song “Don’t Come Easy”. The LED is glorious. It features images of him in different guises — pink and Andy Warhol-esque, under water, striking a pose. But in doesn’t come off as vain, instead suggesting something meditative and self-reflexive — after all, he is singing about his pain. There are some nice aerial shots from above and at one point the camera zooms down from above as floor turns a series of psychdellic colours including pink and yellow. Another interesting shot comes when the camera seems to zoom in an his eyeball and swallows the stage.
Isaiah — “Don’t Come Easy”: Reviews and Reactions
Australia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2017
Australia: First press conference 2017
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)