She recently met with wiwibloggs in Los Angeles and promised to deliver intergalactic and futuristic staging in Kyiv. And on Monday Iceland’s Svala did just that, serving Star Wars Queen Amidala realness during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2017. She was a vision in white, wearing a snow-coloured cape and top, which she paired with brightly-coloured spray-on leggings. By ditching the pantsuit from the national selection and adding some cute Jamie-Lee-like hair buns, she softened the visual presentation and enhanced her femininity, which might make this more accessible to many.
This has definitely improved since the national selection — Svala knows how to command a vast stage. But following the high-energy, over-the-top performance from Moldova, this feels somehow languid and sluggish. The visuals, while definitely hitting the futuristic note, don’t seem particularly high impact at this point. But perhaps a rain of pyro and flames are coming later in the week.
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Iceland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2017
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)