During his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2018, Iceland’s Ari Ólafsson served major face. The performance opens with dreamy close-up shots — he sings straight into the camera showing off those baby blues and really connects with viewers. He’s kept it simple in the sartorial stakes, slipping into a red shirt with high neckline and a shiny white suit. The shoulders feature red geometric detailing, which to our inexperienced eyes seem to channel something tribal or indigenous. Some of you have compared it to the lines on a subway map. Ari shares the stage with five backing vocalists, who lacked cohesion with their clothing. Only one — the song writer — seemed to match Ari.
Iceland has really gone back to basics with this performance, and it would have fit right in with Johnny Logan at Eurovision 1987. Fans of fireworks will likely find this too simplistic. But surely it will find fans among those who appreciate simplicity and strong vocals.
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Iceland: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
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Photo & Footage: Courtesy of EBU & RTP