He has come to Lisbon to sail away with the Eurovision trophy. But Rasmussen and his fellow Vikings were knocked off course during the first rehearsals in Lisbon today. The problem was snow — or rather the wrong kind of snow.
According to Head of the Danish Eurovision delegation Jan Lagermand Lundme, the snow effect at the end of “Higher Ground” didn’t in any way live up to the team’s needs and expectations.
“The production team here in Portugal doesn’t get us and the snow we saw today became way too romantic and Christmasy,” he told DR’s Grand Prix site. “We want Jonas standing in a real blizzard, and they must fix that.”
From silk to soap
The blizzard effect is nothing new. During Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Rasmussen was also shrouded in snow, but that snow was made of white silk, whereas the Portuguese production team has chosen to use something more akin to soap.
“Because the soap-like snow is much lighter it falls down in a sweet and cosy way, and that just doesn’t work,” the Danish Eurovision boss says.
The lighter snow also meant that Rasmussen got some of it in his mouth during his rehearsal, which threw him off course for a second. But the strong Viking doesn’t need to worry. The Danish delegation has brought lots of the silky snow with it from home and Jan Lagermand Lundme is determined to get that snow on stage.
“Our own snow is heavier and falls down in a different way and we need to have that on stage — even if I myself have to force it down the machine that is blowing it out”.
What do you think about Denmark’s blizzard problems? Does the snow give the intended effect on stage or should it be scrapped? Let us know in the comments box below.