Smooth and cool as ever — Mikolas Josef is literally flipping out for Eurovision success. He’s joined on stage by two backing dancers who at times act as prop-masters, in between breakdancing for practically three minutes straight. Mikolas spends much of the performance in the centre of the stage, on a white platform with stairs on all sides. He’s lit up in the spotlight and certainly the star here. His breakdancers come in and out of the shot at their marks, with blue and magenta lights the colours serving them.
He ditches his traditional backpack look at the start of the song, instead putting it on after the first chorus. At one stage there’s plenty of acrobatics as his dancers take the backpack off, only to throw it back on Mikolas. It’s a flashy bit of quick change, but there’s not exactly much of a reveal here. The entire performance doesn’t quite come across as smooth as it could though — and there were plenty of technical issues that caused delays throughout his rehearsal time. With plenty of camera cuts and split-screen action, there’s obviously a lot going on behind the scene. At the end of the performance, Mikolas rushes from the catwalk back to his platform to land a front flip. He loses his glasses in the process, but he clearly has not lost sight of the goal.
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