She’s working with famed Swedish choreographer Sacha Jean-Baptiste. But after her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2017, Georgia’s Tamara Gachechiladze should ask for a refund. The staging — essentially a red screen with white baubles and some waves — gets bland very quickly. The LED floor, also red, looks like blood. Tamara stands on a plasma-like bubble which made us think of menstruation.
However, the staging did improve with each take. During her second run-through she wore a translucent red cape, which she unveiled Edurne-style early in the song. During her third run-through she added a lot of smoke and pyrotechnics, helping bring the song home. When the flames explode one does get tingles.
That’s all very nice, but we can’t help but think that her song has lost some of its gravitas since the Georgian national final — the newspaper headlines she used back then helped explain the song’s message of perseverance instantly. At the moment we just have a beautiful woman with a pretty song and OK staging. It’s classy, but is it a qualifier?
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Georgia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2017
Georgia: First press conference 2017
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)