At their national selection they wore ticking time bombs and were covered in faux blood and gore. Now, perhaps owing to the ongoing geopolitical conflict at home, they’ve recast their performance and removed all references to killing.

O.Torvald cleaned up their look, but they still had their musical grit and edge. The visual centrepiece of their performance is a large bust of a man. It illuminates in all manner of colours as the background LED moves from darkness to a fierce lightning storm. Lots of white strobes give this a rock feel, but the ending is somehow poetic. The song dies down and we see a golden sun rising from behind a mountain landscape. The camera also pans outward and up, and the LED illuminates with gold lines. It gives a sense of depth — and the head a body, creating the illusion a person is poking up through the stage.

O.Torvald — “Time”: Reviews and Reactions

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Alex M
Alex M
4 years ago

I guess William tries to bring at least some attention to ukrainian entry. That’s sweet xD

Abel
Abel
4 years ago

I wanted them to keep the first staging with the shooting and the blood, but maybe is against the rules, I don’t know.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

I have not seen this rehearsal; nor have I seen ANY rehearsal at all. [I like to watch the performances themselves, when they count, with a clean slate.]

I have, however, watched O.Torvald’s official lyric video, and I am quite impressed with the images they used and how they arranged them. They were my #34 two weeks ago, based on their live contest performance as their video. But this lyric video could push them way up my list in my final evaluation, though they are not likely to make my top 20.

Donna Vey
Donna Vey
4 years ago

Knew from the title: this one’s a William article 😉

Bgc
Bgc
4 years ago

The song is ok but they’re really missing the clocks. =(

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago
Reply to  Bgc

For some reason, I mis-read the last word of this comment. :S

AngieP
AngieP
4 years ago

“O Torvald gives head during 1st rehearsal”?? William, you should get some sleep honey! Never mind! That was funny!

I find quite good they didn’t keep it as in the NF! Now it’s more mainstream, not so violent! But I expected sth better! The performance doesn’t have the rock edge the song has!

Hada
Hada
4 years ago

“O.TOrvald Gives Head on their First Rehearsal”

Guess the Ukraine wans to win after all

Mar
Mar
4 years ago

I guess the European fandom of Attack on Titan will vote for this? Idk, it’s the only thing I can think of.

M_K
M_K
4 years ago

Being one of the few people who actually like the song a lot, I have to say that I’m a little torn regarding the staging. The national final staging was original, but it also looked a little amateurish. Their ESC staging looks far more professional, but it’s also less original…

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago
Reply to  M_K

Yes, I agree with that assessment.
I do like the song, but not the new staging.

Yossarian
Yossarian
4 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Same here. I actually really like the song, but that new staging doesn’t work for me. It has none of the impact of the NF one.

Hada
Hada
4 years ago
Reply to  M_K

I miss the clocks on their chests. I’m pretty sure they are aiming more for “good out-of-contest act from the host country” than for “Eurovision winner”.

Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Wow, thanks William, I can’t unsee it now lmao. What a downgrade from their national final performance though.

SomSom
SomSom
4 years ago

This headline sucks.

Bella
Bella
4 years ago

Gives head to who? I am confused right now.

Magistr
Magistr
4 years ago

ONUKA, Ruslana and Jamala will represent Ukraine this year in interval acts, Our country doesnt need high place, so you can watch this or go to the restroom for a 3 minutes…

Eve
Eve
4 years ago
Reply to  Magistr

ok, fair enough 😀

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Headline: “O Torvald Gives Head…”
Oh for goodness sake William! Maybe get some sleep? :S

Americanvision
Americanvision
4 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Lmao! I just spit out my rice reading it!

Anyway, I miss the staging from their national final!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago
Reply to  Americanvision

I’m glad it was only rice you were spitting out! (Yes I know, my humour is dated.) 😀