He’s the kind-hearted singer known for his big smile and infectious energy. And on Tuesday Austria’s Nathan Trent deployed his many talents yet again during his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2017.
The performance opens with close-ups of Nathan voguing to the camera and dropping those smooth, sexy vocals. The camera pans out, showing Nathan wearing all-white while he sits inside of a massive crescent moon, which seems to be constructed out of tiny mirrored panels. The LED portrays the horizon in a bright splash of pink, which reminds us of Austria’s Eurovision 2016 star Zoë. During the bridge it goes dark — after all, the moon rises at night.
Nathan keeps his choreography simple with a hop off of the moon and few quick steps here and there. As ever he oozes just the right amount of swagger — it’s confident but not arrogant and his playful facial expressions keep this cute and inviting. The best example is when he self-censors, “you better get off your @$$” with a cheeky grin.
At the very end of the performance, as fog fills the stage, he climbs back on the moon and walks forward onto a perspex platform. At the moment the platform is still very visible, so he looks like he’s walking on furniture, which totally kills the magic. But if they can sort out their camera angles this will be a quiet but impactful ending to what’s a sweet and memorable performance.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)