SuRie’s “Storm” has arrived in Lisbon, and she’s taking shelter in a stunning tunnel of lights.
The UK’s Eurovision 2018 star centres her performance around a gorgeous series of diamond-shaped light fixtures. From one angle they look like a single, luminous structure. But move the camera up, down, left or right and it becomes apparent that she’s actually utilising a series of structures that form a gorgeous centrepiece around which all the action takes place.
That tunnel lights up in numerous colours — blues, pinks, reds — invoking a slightly retro colourway. At times SuRie sings before the structure; at times she dances inside of it; at one point the camera pans in through it and we see her smooth back as she pumps her fists with vigour and life to the audience. SuRie is feeling this and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Sweden also utilises a gorgeous lightscape, but SuRie’s feels somehow warmer and more inviting. And around that light show we see a sea of fog and, at times, a variety of lights around the circulate stage that illuminates with countless lights. While the pyro wasn’t turned on full blast today, it’s clear the BBC hope to bring this home with gorgeous geysers shooting sparks.
Visually this feels fresh and inventive. Unlike Australia, which uses light pipes as a backdrop, the UK uses the lights as part of the performance. SuRie is in a whole new world and she’s taking us along for the ride.
Surie, who wears white and occasionally catches the reflection of the lights at the beginning of the performance, seems totally unfazed by the mammoth stage. She’s been here before as a backing vocalist and that confidence shined through today. The UK can be proud of what it’s done. This is a visual feast that honours SuRie’s undeniable talent.
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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)