Germany, France and Italy closed out the second rehearsals at Eurovision 2018 yesterday…and we’re only writing about it now. That’s because we had to book it from the press centre to claim our spots on the red carpet 30 minutes away. Well now we right that wrong and catch up on what went down inside Altice Arena.
Germany: Michael Schulte with “You Let Me Walk Alone”
At this point Germany’s Michael Schulte is just polishing a diamond. His slick performance blends emotion and technical sophistication with aplomb. With some highly technical performances you feel like you’re being manipulated. But with Michael’s you feel like you’re being touched and informed. There’s a warmth and sincerity to it that doesn’t get old.
Michael’s second rehearsal came off as largely the same to most casual viewers. But on closer inspection it’s clear that certain camera angles have been smoothed and certain angles tweaked for maximum impact. More noticeable this time around was a shot of the road cartoon displayed behind Michael’s head during the lyrics display. It’s fitting as he really is taking us on a journey.
Michael Schulte, “You Let Me Walk Alone”: Performance Preview
France: Madame Monsieur with “Mercy”
Let there be light! France’s Madame Monsieur want to present a story of birth and hope amid difficult circumstances. And during their second rehearsal that came through more strongly owing to subtle but significant changes to the lighting. The performance opens with dark blue and black with white accent lights that suggest a search boat in the night. But as the song progresses — and the tonality shifts from dark and mysterious to hopeful and joyous — the black gives way to an inviting orange, suggesting a rising sun and the start of a new day.
Madame Monsieur, “Mercy”: Performance Preview
Italy: Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro with “Non mi avete fatto niente”
There isn’t particularly much to add here. The second rehearsal was strikingly similar to the first, once again bringing the Sanremo staging to Lisbon. Ermal & Fabrizio stand amid fiery red lights with producers zooming in on their faces. The on-screen graphics convey the key message of the song in 15 languages, but it clutters the display. I much rather have them focusing on the singers themselves rather than distracting us with words.