Friday saw the final three countries from the first semifinal as well as five countries from the second semifinal give their stage shows another go. Romania’s Alex Florea kept his balance while riding a glitter cannon, Austria’s Nathan Trent took another trip to the moon, and Latvia’s Triana Park debuted yet another wig.
We asked our readers to pick their favourite rehearsals from Friday’s lineup and only one could triumph. After counting 4,186 votes, we can now reveal that our readers think that Armenian diva Artsvik was the winner with her artistic presentation of “Fly With Me”, with 29.91% of the vote.
Our team in the press centre in Kyiv was impressed by the evolution of Artsvik’s staging, where she used her second set of run-throughs to test different colours, images, lights and camera angles. The bird that flies out at the end of her show disappeared into the background earlier in the week. But on Friday, owing to slightly different colouring, the bird was visible throughout its flight. The biggest change, however, came in the slicker and higher-impact use of pyro and sparks, which erupt and burst with new rhythm and power. Best of all producers actually manage to capture them with the cameras this time around.
Artsvik, a vocalist of the first order, stunned in an all-black outfit with a shiny, reflective quality that catches the light amid the relatively dark atmosphere. Initially you think she’s wearing a dress. But as she struts down the stage you see that she’s actually wearing billowing trousers. At times the lights give her outfit a metallic quality, which adds a warrior-like feeling to her strong silhouette. This was already good — and now it’s all kinds of amazing.
Also impressing wiwibloggs readers was Romania’s Ilinica and Alex Florea. Their joyful song “Yodel It!” earned 18.08% of the vote. In third place was Malta’s Claudia Faniello, whose emotional ballad “Breathlessly” captured the hearts of readers, with 15.12% of the vote.
Poll results: Who had the best second rehearsal on May 5
- Armenia: Artsvik, “Fly With Me” 29.91% (1,252 votes)
- Romania: Ilinca feat. Alex Florea, “Yodel It!” 18.08% (757 votes)
- Malta: Claudia Faniello, “Breathlessly” 15.12% (633 votes)
- Austria: Nathan Trent, “Running on Air” 13.93% (583 votes)
- Latvia: Triana Park, “Line” 8.6% (360 votes)
- FYR Macedonia: Jana Burceska, “Dance Alone” 7.98% (334 votes)
- Serbia: Tijana Bogicevic, “In Too Deep” 4.2% (176 votes)
- Slovenia: Omar Naber, “On My Way” 2.17% (91 votes)