She’s the older sister of Salvador Sobral and she’s filling in for her brother during the first two Eurovision rehearsals. And on Sunday Luisa did him proud as she steered the first technical rehearsal. Ahead of today’s performance I worried that the big setting and over-the-top LED options might distract from the purity of the song. Thankfully it hasn’t. In fact, it’s enhanced the atmosphere and made a classic song feel more contemporary. It’s also my favourite performance of the day.
Luisa stood on the island stage — much like Anouk at Eurovision 2013 — and sang direct to the camera, which captured her soft face. Behind her producers lit the LED with an enchanted forest that looked incredibly life like. It matched the tenderness and softness of the song with its inviting hues — more enchanting than Ferngully, more tame than a jungle and pitched perfectly for Salvador’s vocals.
The camera work is thoughtful and sensitive. Slow pans swoop to Luisa from behind and the front, taking in the full breadth of the scenery. This is a quiet song that makes a loud impact. And the staging has taken it to another level.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)