FYR Macedonia served us some hot pink fire in this first rehearsal at Eurovision 2018 this morning. Whilst we could only see the very final runthrough (due to technical issues in the press room), it’s definitely looking like things are coming together on stage. Marija opens the song in a close-up with the camera, wearing something very similar to her hot pink outfit from the song’s music video. The first thirty seconds are definitely the peak of the staging ideas, with screen effects acting like glitches as the band move around the stage, playing with perspectives.
The band are joined on stage by three backing singers, but Marija’s vocal is confident and strong by itself. There’s some great interactions between Bojan and Marija as they move around the stage. But even with six people on the stage, some of the wide shots still feel a little empty — especially in contrast to how well shot and effective the opening is. Like a few other acts in this semi-final that we’ve already seen, the band and backing end up taking to the bridge as the song comes to a close. It’s a great final shot to match the opening. After some years of staging woes, Macedonia definitely look like they’re on the right track so far.
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