Reaction: Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia and Croatia
Bulgaria: Equinox with “Bones”
Let there be light… or at least a little less darkness. For their second rehearsal, Bulgaria’s Equinox banished the gloom. Now, we can actually see each singer’s face and the performance is all the better for it. We can connect with the common framework members and relate to their tale of heartbreak.
The on screen effects were also sharper, although the group’s positioning needs some work. At one point, the screen was split into three, showcasing Georgi, Johnny and Vlado. However, the effect was lessened slightly by Vlado’s inclination to rock gently. But this of course is a minor quibble.
The team are clearly still testing elements out. For instance, the levels of darkness, white light and green light appeared to be tweaked slightly between performances. Also, Zhanna varied the placement of her hand from take to take as she and the backing singer belt out that final last note.
Overall, this second rehearsal was met with a warm response in the press room.
Equinox, “Bones”: Performance Preview
FYR Macedonia: Eye Cue with “Lost and Found”
Bring on the glitches. Eye Cue have pulled together their performance a little more today, and there’s definitely a sense that this might just come right by the semi-final. Marija’s pink outfit now features a hidden costume change — it looks like she turns it inside out, turning it in to a slightly longer, shimmery, silver number.
The glitch-effects that were such a hit in the first part of the performance also now appear more regularly throughout the three minutes. It ties things in better and helps the flow of the song.
There’s definitely moments where this is still more “lost” though, unfortunately. There’s too many wide shots later on in the song, and it focuses on the backing singers a little too much. The band all take to the bridge still in the climax, but again, they don’t seem to have quite worked out the right shot for this. Hopefully they’ll take the positives so far though and keep on working with it.
Eye Cue, “Lost and Found”: Performance Preview
Croatia: Franka with “Crazy”
She’s a stunning beauty in black. Franka Batelic didn’t have much to improve on from her first rehearsal, and mostly kept it simple. There were some subtle camera angle changes here and there in the performance, but otherwise it’s a case of not breaking what was working. The lighting could perhaps be a little more intimate at times, especially on the scant wider shots, just to help sell Franka’s one-woman stage show. But as it is, she could still find herself fighting for a spot in the final.