Vanish the shade and let there be light! Today Romania reminded the world why they have a perfect qualification record at the Eurovision Song Contest with the Humans bringing creative staging to Altice Arena in Lisbon. They filled the stage with dozens of black mannequins, which created natural walkways and paths for Cristina to strut to and fro. It didn’t look like a department store. Owing to extremely dark lighting, you were taken to another world — a museum perhaps — and the visuals were so striking you didn’t want to leave.
Cristina strikes the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated in a plum-coloured dress with a very deep thigh-split. It shows off her endlessly lithe left leg and compliments her stunning figure. She provides a sense of dynamism, strength and energy as she marches past the lifeless forms, reminding us of our humanity amid those who have no feelings. At times her band mates — who wear all-white — freeze and become “mannequins” themselves, adding to the message that anyone can become frozen or indeed come back to life.
Romania have taken a questionable performance from the national final and turned it into high art. Gone is the cheap dress reveal and the dubious dancing. What remains is a rock performance that cuts across borders and touches hearts — and should surely keep Romania’s qualification streak in tact. Merci!
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Footage & Photos: EBU & RTP