They’re a pair of Eurovision veterans who have joined forces to slay the competition in Kyiv. And on Wednesday Estonia’s Koit Toome & Laura threw down their bid for the crown with a stirring and highly polished performance of “Verona”.
Fans of Estonia’s Eesti Laul will recognise much this performance, including the alternating solo shots of Koit and Laura and the generous use of black and white. But the Estonians have taken their stage show to another level with some truly stunning new visuals. The performance opens with Koit walking down the stage, which becomes a runway owing to a bright white light from above. The aerial shot looks magical and had shades of Elina Born 2015. The digital representations of Koit and Laura on the LED look far more impressive now. The pixelated images of their faces on the LED cleverly connotes the disintegration of their relationship — and perhaps their own sense of self — as their relationship falls apart. Laura wore a white gown with illusion cut-outs that suggested she was showing more skin than she actually was. It was less Miss Universe and more woman-on-the town.
Another nice touch comes in the white starbursts on the black floor, which Laura and Koit are meant to stand on simultaneously at one point. Unfortunately Koit repeatedly missed his mark — and indeed the majority of his camera angles, at times failing to raise and lower his head in time for his close-ups. Even he just had to laugh. “What has he been doing for the last six weeks?” you might ask. Well, his wife recently had a baby.
Thankfully Koit’s minor missteps are easily ironed out. This is a gorgeous performance and I’ll eat Koit’s leather jacket if it doesn’t qualify.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)