The Eurovision 2018 Opening Ceremony takes place this evening. But before the acts from Portugal, the United Kingdom and Spain slip into their Sunday best, they’re hitting the stage inside Altice Arena for their second rehearsals. Nip, tuck, tweak, slay? Let’s find out…
Reaction: Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain
Portugal: Cláudia Pascoal with “O jardim”
During her first rehearsal Claudia utilised those beautiful big eyes to great effect, staring straight into the camera, which zoomed in on her face. Her expressions guided viewers through the music. When she closed her eyes, she made clear her connection to the lyrics and at times this almost felt autobiographical. The simple background, which features a handful of orange lanterns, is pared back enough to keep Claudia in focus, but subtle enough not to distract from the touching music. Perhaps the biggest improvement is the subtle transition that now introduces backing vocalist and composer Isaura. It’s less jarring and feels more organic. Portugal can be proud of this one.
Cláudia Pascoal, “O jardim”: Performance Preview
United Kingdom: SuRie with “Storm”
SuRie’s “Storm” had extra punch today. Her stunning tunnel of light looks even more spectacular as more fog billows and blows around it. She takes us out of Lisbon and into a technicolour dream, with her diamond displays moving from dark grey and navy toward happier hues of blue, red and pink. The pyro geysers had greater thrust today, helping add visual intrigue as SuRie brings it home in the final minute. SuRie — known to mum and dad as Susanna Marie — continues to grow in confidence. She pumped her fists with extra vigour today. When the crowds finally hit the arena, they’re only going to take her higher.
SuRie, “Storm”: Performance Preview
Spain: Amaia y Alfred with “Tu canción”
Despite suggestions that they add fireworks or some form of pyro, Alfred & Amaia kept things simple once more during their second rehearsals. Instead, producers have tweaked the lighting scheme, adding a bronze to orange light that fits the romantic theme of their song. It creates a warmer environment and adds even more class to the elegant performance. Amaia’s dress matches the tonality better today. She’s glammed up in a black, floor-sweeping dress which features mesh arms and a deeply plunging neckline. Golden accents sparkle slightly, nodding to the spark the couple share. Alfred swapped out his maroon suit for an inviting shade of blue. He’s no longer taking Amaia to the prom, but instead an exclusive gala hosted by Queen Letizia. This may lack the literal fireworks, but it’s moving closer to the figurative ones. This is much better!