By Sunday afternoon all 43 of the Eurovision 2018 acts will have completed their second rehearsals, during which they tweaked their lights, camera angles, and special effects. For the majority of countries everything is starting to come together. But Denmark has been very clear that they are not among them.
As we reported earlier this week, the Danish delegation wasn’t satisfied with their snow effects after the first rehearsal. At the climax of the song, Rasmussen and his fellow Vikings are meant to be trapped in a raging blizzard. But unfortunately Portuguese broadcaster RTP has been using soap-like snow rather than the heavier silk snow that Denmark shipped to Lisbon. As a result the snow looked more like happy bubble confetti, and there was a severe lack of wind. DR’s Jan Lagermand Lundme called for drastic changes ahead of his second rehearsal on Friday.
And we now know that he still isn’t happy. Speaking to the DR web site, he let rip.
“We addressed our concerns and had the feeling that they understood what we were talking about,” Lundme said. “But we were far from being satisfied after today’s rehearsal. It looked even worse than before!”
“The producers seem to know what we want it to look like, but it seems like the people who are supposed to actually perform the effects do not.”
He is understandably annoyed: DR specifically asked for the effect and they pre-paid for it!
Owing to this Snowmageddon drama, Denmark will receive another technical rehearsal to test the fake snow brought specifically from home. Hopefully that snow will fall more heavily and create the drama Denmark craves.
As this is a technical rehearsal for crew, Rasmussen will not be obliged to attend.
“We did this when Copenhagen hosted the contest,” Lundme says. “If the special effect isn’t working as it should, it gets another test. What we want is a wild storm, not a lovely Christmas snow and specks of snowflakes in his beard. That just doesn’t work, and until we get it right we just have to be a little irritating.”
And if they don’t?
“In the worst case scenario — and I sincerely hope it won’t come to that — we will simply drop the snow. The way it looks at the moment, we might be better off without it. But I’m certain that the production team will be able to solve the problem before Rasmussen goes on stage next Tuesday.”
Have you been underwhelmed by Rasmussen’s snow effect? Do you think a full-on blizzard is necessary? And at what point should DR just ask for a full refund? Let us know in the comments box below.
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