She’s the Swedish staging supremo, who masterminded multiple Eurovision 2017 performances and has worked with international stars including Zara Larsson. And now Sacha Jean-Baptiste has the next credit for her resumé: Eleni Foureira’s performance of “Fuego” for Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The news was announced through Jean Batptiste Group‘s Instagram page this evening, revealing that rehearsals started today. Although there are no details for the performance yet, we can expect a suitably impressive show from Sacha Jean.
Sacha was reported as the creative director for Cyprus 2018 by INFEGreece in January, but this is the first actual confirmation of involvement.
The collaboration with Cyprus, follows Sacha Jean Baptiste’s work during national final season.
She led creative direction on Brooke Borg’s ill-fated third attempt to represent Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest and was extensively involved in Sweden’s national selection Melodifestivalen.
As well as choreographing opening and interval acts, SJB also led creative direction for several competing acts, including LIAMOO who placed sixth in the final in Stockholm.
Sacha Jean Baptiste at Eurovision 2017
SJB directed four performances for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, three of which made it to the grand final: Australia, Armenia and Bulgaria.
Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov came runner-up on the night in Kyiv. His performance was dark, moody and atmospheric. It also featured heavy use of visual effects.
Australia’s simpler show, focused around a lazy Susan, placed a respectable ninth on the night.
Armenia’s Artsvik, who had an extremely impressive show, only managed to place eighteenth at the close of voting.
SJB’s fourth act Georgia actually failed to qualify from the semi-finals, but came agonisingly close. Tamara Gachechiladze’s powerhouse pyro-heavy performance placed eleventh, just seventeen points adrift of tenth place qualifier Demy.
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